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The music of Peter Lieuwen (b. 1953, Utrecht, The Netherlands) has been commissioned, performed and recorded by orchestras, small ensembles, and artists throughout North America and Europe. The composer has received honors, grants and awards from The National Orchestral Association (1991), Meet the Composer, Inc. (1986), League of Composers - ISCM (1987) Musicians Accord (1986), The Contemporary Record Society (1987), The Arts Council of Wales (1995, 1996, 1998), The Texas Composers Forum (1992), Texas A&M University (1994, 2005, 2011) and the Music Teachers National Association (2012).
Peter Lieuwen's symphonic music has been hailed as "an attractive array of shimmering, shuddering sonorities" (The New York Times). His orchestral works have been introduced by such orchestras as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Americas, National Orchestral Association, Grosseto Symphony Orchestra (Italy), Kozalin State Philharmonic (Poland), Leipzig Academic Orchestra (Germany), Orion Symphony Orchestra (UK) and the Orchestra of the Swan (UK). Renowned conductors including Carl St. Clair, Paul Freeman, Danielle Gatti, Szymon Kawalla Franz Krager, Jorge Mester and Andre Smith have presented his works.
The composer's chamber and vocal works have been presented by various artists and ensembles including The Cassatt String Quartet, American Piano Trio, Ravel String Quartet, Western Arts Trio, New Mexico Winds, Moran Wind Quintet, The Core Ensemble, Enhake, Ensemble Bash (UK), Soli Chamber Ensemble, Third Angle Ensemble, clarinetist David Campbell (UK), percussionist Steven Schick, pianist Marc Andre Hamelin, guitarist Isaac Bustos, and violinist Andrzej Grabiec. Peter Lieuwen was the featured composer at the Aberystwyth International Music Festival in Wales (1995) and Artist in Residence at the same festival in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2005.
Peter Lieuwen is currently Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University. His compositions are published by Keiser Classical, and recorded on CRS, Crystal, Naxos, Pro Arte/Fanfare, New World, and VMM labels.