Duke Wind Symphony: "The Lord of the Rings" with guest conductor/composer Johan de Meij
The Duke University Wind Symphony, directed by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, is excited to welcome guest conductor/composer Johan de Meij and saxophone soloist Henk van Twillert. Works include Johan de Meij's "Fellini"and his "Symphony No. 1: The Lord of the Rings." Dutch composer and conductor Johan de Meij received his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, where he studied trombone and conducting. His award-winning oeuvre of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and film score arrangements has garnered him international acclaim and have become permanent fixtures in the repertoire of renowned ensembles throughout the world. His "Symphony No. 1:The Lord of the Rings" was awarded the prestigious Sudler Composition Prize and has been recorded by myriad ensembles including The London Symphony Orchestra, The North Netherlands Orchestra, The Nagoya Philharmonic and The Amsterdam Wind Orchestra. Dutch saxophonist Henk van Twillert studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where he was the co-founder of the renowned Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet. After 25 years teaching at the Amsterdam Conservatory, he become a teacher of Saxophone at ESMAE - the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts in Porto, Portugal, where he formed several saxophone ensembles amongst others Portuguese Saxophone Orchestra and Vento do Norte.