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Curriculum Vitæ Arie J. Keijzer


The Dutch composer and organist Arie J. Keijzer was born in 1932 in Nieuwe-Tonge (the Netherlands). He studied the organ with Piet van den Kerkhoff, Adriaan Engels, George Stam and Siegfried Reda, and was awarded the Prix d’Excellence cum laude at the Rotterdam Academy of Music. Arie J. Keijzer won the first prize and the Chorale Prize in the National Organ Improvisation Competition in Bolsward in 1963, and won the International organ Improvisation Competition at Haarlem in 1964. He was organist of the ‘Doelen’ concert hall in Rotterdam from 1967 to 1989, appearing frequently as soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Keijzer was organist of the ‘Grote of Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk’ and the ‘Augustijnenkerk’ in Dordrecht from 1976 to 1997, and was professor of organ and improvisation at the Rotterdam Academy of Music from 1965 to 1994. He was active as a recitalist in Holland and abroad, and aroused much interest with his performance of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach on the imposing Flentrop organ in the ‘Doelen’. His recital programmes also included the main North German organ masters and all the works of César Franck. Arie J. Keijzer also enjoys a considerable reputation as a composer, and has written a large number of works for organ, piano and orchestra, as well as chamber music and oratorios.

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