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Steven Prengels

In 2009, Steven Prengels graduated as a Master in Composition at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in the class of Wim Henderickx, with whom he already had obtained a master's degree in composition at the Conservatory of Antwerp (BE) in 2007. He also studied at the University of Leuven (BE) and the Lemmens Conservatory (BE).
His work covers a wide range of artistic fields including music for large orchestra, theatre, dance, short film and visual arts. His work has been executed by the Chamber Orchestra of Belgium, Brussels Philharmonic, deFilharmonie, SPECTRA and the Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam. In 2012, he wrote Sisyphe for mezzo, baritone and orchestra, commissioned by the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, based on the writing of Albert Camus. Shortly after that he wrote Wagner in Bayreuth, commissioned by the Oxalys Ensemble and created by the bass-baritone Dietrich Henschel and the Oxalys Ensemble.
In the world of theatre and dance, he often works as music director and composer. Highlights are Gardenia (2010 - by Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke and Les Ballets C de la B) of which he created the musical concept, followed by C(H)ŒURS (2012 - by Alain Platel, les ballets C de la B and Teatro Real Madrid). In this large scale production with choir, orchestra and ten dancers (created at the request of Gerard Mortier for the Teatro Real in Madrid), he created additional music and soundscapes to the work of Wagner and Verdi. In 2014 he created tauberbach, as music director and composer for Alain Platel (Les Ballets C de la B).
Currently Steven Prengels is working on a new creation with Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke for Les Ballets C de la B (creation in April 2015) and is preparing the opening production of the Ruhrtriennale (D) together with artistic director Johan Simons and conductor Philippe Herreweghe (August 2015).

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