On Sunday 25 November 2018, Calliope Tsoupaki, a teacher in our Composition department, was appointed as the Netherlands’ Composer Laureate (Componist des Vaderlands), a position in which she will serve as the figurehead of new Dutch music for the next two years. Calliope is the third composer to hold this national office, in succession to Willem Jeths (2014-2016) and Mayke Nas (2016-2018). The Composer Laureate is an initiative of BUMA Cultuur, an organisation dedicated to promoting music from the Netherlands.
The Composer Laureate is chosen by an independent jury. Calliope Tsoupaki was the unanimous choice of the jury chaired by Adriana van Dooijeweert, the president of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights. Van Dooijeweert: ‘The jury was impressed by the integrity and passion of Calliope Tsoupaki, a composer who by endeavouring to play a central role in society wins the hearts of many people for contemporary music.'
Over the next two years Calliope will write a series of new compositions for events outside the concert hall. During her first public appearance after her appointment, on the television programme Podium Witteman on Sunday 25 November, Eric Vloeimans played a new trumpet solo composed by her. For the International Human Rights Day on 10 December, Tsoupaki is writing a solo piece for pan flute, which will be performed by Matthijs Koene in the Dom in Utrecht.
For more information about the position of Composer Laureate, visit http://www.componistdesvaderland.nl