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Peter van Onna was born in 1966 in Hengelo(Gelderland), The Netherlands and studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. His teachers where Louis Andriessen and Theo Loevendie.

Van Onna created a series of 9 orchestral pieces in the years 1993-2004 all inspired by paintings, these compositions are:

Rain Steam and Speed for Orchestra(William Turner)

The Mondrian Equilibrium for Chamber Orchestra(Piet Mondriaan)

Wheatfield with Lark for Piano and Orchestra(Vincent van Gogh) 

Dalian Images for Saxophone and Orchestra(Salvador Dali)

Wartriptych for Orchestra(Otto Dix)

Approaching a City for Chamber Orchestra(Edward Hopper)

Brueghel Violinconcerto for Violin and Orchestra(Pieter Brueghel the elder) 

The Gothic Arch for String Orchestra(Giovanni Batista Piranesi) 

Monet Reflections for Flute and Orchestra(Claude Monet)

He created a new series of three orchestral pieces thereafter in a style which he calls Imbroglio, this means confusion, deceit. To explain: in the visual arts there’s optical illusion, in music this phenomenon is called Imbroglio. The first occurrence of Imbroglio goes back to Mozart. In the 'scene in the Ballroom' of Don Giovanni, the composer tried deliberately to create a confusing musical situation.  Van Onna's aim was to arrive at a melting , ambivalent orchestral sound and to achieve this he especially designed new composition techniques. The first part in this series is Stellar Spheres, it was premièred during the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, performed by the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi. The second part, Imbroglio, was premièred by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in the Rudolfinum Prague and was extremely succesful. The third part, Antarctica, was premièred by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yakov Kreizberg and was performed twice in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. He was ‘Composer in Residence’ in 2001-2003 with the Gelders Orkest and with the Brabants Orkest during the 2006-2007 season. The composition The Gothic Arch was performed during the Berliner Festspiele in 2006. In January 1998 the Netherlands Student Orchestra performed the Pianoconcerto Wheatfield with Lark nineteen times on their annual tour. The piece was also played in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and in Dublin, Ireland. In 1999 the Day of the Queen's Speech Music was performed by Brass player of the Residentie Orchestra in the Ridderzaal The Hague after Queen Beatrix spoke her annual speech. Van Onna’s music was performed by, among others, Residentie Orkest, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Nederlands Ballet Orkest, Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Capella Amsterdam, Philharmonic Orchestra of Pardubice(Czech Republic), Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Resonanz(Hamburg, Germany), Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, Amstel Saxophone Quartet, Trouvère Saxophone Quartet, Calefax, Helicon Quintet, Arno Bornkamp & Ivo Jansen, Ties Mellema & Hans Eijsackers, Het Trio, ASKO Ensemble, de Volharding, de Ereprijs, Storioni Trio, Sax & Stix, Eleonore Pameijer and Tatiana Koleva, Rosa Ensemble, Noël Wan, Sara Vibe-Petersen & Cathrine Penderup, Ralph van Raat. Van Onna has worked with the following conductors(in random order): Lawrence Renes, Jaap van Zweden, Clark Rundell, Arie van Beek, Neal Stulberg, Peter Eötvös, Yakov Kreizberg, Stephen Layton, Jurjen Hempel, Christoph von Dohnányi, Hans Leenders, Roy Goodman, Micha Hamel, Ondrej Lenárd, Sian Edwards, Michael Schønwandt, Martin Sieghardt, Jac van Steen, Reinbert de Leeuw, Jonathan Stockhammer, Leoš Svárovský, Lucas Vis, Nicolette Fraillon, Zsolt Nagy, Jürgen Kussmaul, Ivan Meylemans, Thomas Zehetmair.

His favorite working tools:

Sibelius website foto

Sibelius 7 Music Notation

foto logic

   Logic Pro 9

© Peter van Onna 2013