Jacob Ter Veldhuis
Long queues at the box office for the four-day Jacob TV Festival in Rotterdam in 2001 already attested to the growing popularity of this composer, both in the Netherlands and abroad. His Goldrush Concerto, the Third String Quartet and several of his so-called boombox pieces like Grab It! became hits, and various choreographers have been inspired by his music.
Early in his career, Jacob TV already stood up to what he called the 'washed-out avant garde', which made him a controversial figure in certain circles. He strives to liberate new music from its isolation by employing a direct - at times provocative - idiom that spurns 'the dissonant', which in TV's view reflects a completely devalued means of musical expression.
His 'coming-out' as a composer of ultra-tonal, mellifluous music reached its climax with the video oratorio Paradiso. At the Holland Festival 2005, the premiere of ...NOW... for stereophonic orchestra performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra received standing ovations.
TV is one of the most performed contemporary Dutch composers. In May 2007 a three day JacobTV Festival took place at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Recently bastamusic.com released a box set trilogy containing 11 hours of audio and video.more