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SCHROYENS Raymond

composer
Biography

Raymond SCHROYENS (┬░1933 Mechelen, Belgium) obtained a Master of Music at the Lemmens Institute (Mechelen, Belgium, 1954) and at the Royal Flemish Conservatorium of Music in Antwerp (Belgium), taking a masters in organ with the renowned Flor Peeters (1958). This took him to the USA as Director of Music. From 1963 until 1993 Schroyens built up a music career at the Belgian National Radio in Brussels (Belgium). In 1971 he held a teaching position in harpsichord at the Brussels Royal Conservatorium of Music, as well as the Music Academy of his native town, until his official retirement in 1993.

 

As a performer, Raymond Schroyens has played a number of harpsichord concerts: as a soloist (e.g. with the Karl M├╝nchinger Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, in duo with Robert Veyron-Lacroix at the Brugge International Harpsichord Competition 1970) and in instrumental groups. Among other radio stations, he has played a number of recording productions for the BBC. Nonetheless he kept close to his first love: piano accompaniment in Lied performance. In 1967, he was awarded an official prize in this field at an International Contest sponsored by the Bulgarian State.

 

Raymond Schroyens mainly composes choral music, but also instrumental solo pieces, chamber music and combinations of both. Vocal music caught his attention at the age of nine, since he was a boy soprano in the Mechelen Cathedral Choir (Belgium). He started to compose at an early age, his serious work dating from 1953. Ever since the list of vocal compositions has grown steadily, outnumbering his instrumental output. Raymond Schroyens has won several prizes: First Bulgarian State Prize for piano accompaniment (Sofia, Bulgaria, 1967), International Composers Competition for Carillon music (Mechelen, Belgium, 1970), Fuga Trophy, Sabam & Union of Belgian Composers (Brussels, Belgium 1983). The composer also writes poetry and articles on various subjects.


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