Gerard BeljonGerard Beljon

Gerard Beljon

Gerard Beljon (1952) studied lute and guitar at the conservatories of Utrecht and The Hague with Hans Verzijl and Toyohiko Satoh. Thereafter, his focus shifted to composition and he studied with  Daan Manneke at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

Gerard Beljon's music is about directness and clarity. He combines 20th century techniques and notation with elements from Oriental music and pop music. Instead of searching for intellectual fireworks he prefers to express direct emotion so suited to new music.  Without compromising on quality, he creates music appealing to many people.

Gerard Beljon has writtten compositions for soloists and ensembles: Nieuw Ensemble, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Orkest de Volharding, Calefax Rietkwintet, Amstel and Aurelia Saxophone Quartets, Limburgs Symfonie Orkest, Holland Symfonia and pianist Ralph van Raat.

As a composer he was involved in a number of theatre productions; with the Nieuw Ensemble he made the highly successful children's opera Hans and Grietje, and with Orkest de Volharding the spectacular opera 'Tijdvaarders' on texts by Lucebert.