Patrick van Deurzen


Patrick van Deurzen (the Netherlands, 1964) studied classical guitar with Dick Hoogeveel, Music Theory with Peter-Jan Wagemans and Jan Kleinbussink and Instrumentation with Klaas de Vries. Even though he started composing at a young age, he considers his works from 2001 as his official start.
Van Deurzen was active as a guitarist, conductor, and vocalist, and wrote various articles on 20th century music. His is now active as a composer and a teacher in Music Theory, Instrumentation, and Arranging at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague and Codarts Rotterdam. In 2015, van Deurzen received his master’s degree for his research, titled Referention Networks: Composing and the ‘Outside World’ (see


  • Performance by the national youth choir of ‘Eight Scenes from Alice’ during the World Choir Symposium in Japan (2005)
  • Performance by Asko|Schönberg of ‘Six: a line is a dot that went for a walk’ (2006)
  • Performance by the Doelen Quartet of (first) string quartet ‘Seven’ (2009)
  • Performance by the Latvian Radio Choir of ‘If I were God’ for choir, soloists, violin, and cello during the fifth International Choral Biennale in Haarlem (2009)
  • The orchestra work ‘Tornado’ (2011) was, very successfully, performed eight times in various Brazilian theatres, among which the Teatro National in Rio de Janeiro and the MASP in São Paulo; two years later, the Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra performed the Siberian premiere of Tornado and the Orchestra UniMi did so in Milano; in 2014, Tornado was performed at the Grand Hall of de Doelen in Rotterdam and the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam
  • In 2015, ‘Figures from The Garden of Earthly Delight’, written for the New York duo New Morse Code (cello/percussion), premiered in New York


Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?

“The main subject Music Theory departs from a personal development of the student and combines this with high-level craftsmanship.”

What are you going to teach them?

“I will offer a framework for the student’s curiosity while opening as many new windows as possible at the same time.”

How will you do this?

“The lessons are so intensive, and also unpredictable, because every student has his or her own process.”


2002 Winner of the second internation composition competition for choir music in Belgium with ‘Deux poèmes de Baudelaire’ for choir a capella, performed by the Flemish Radio Choir