Jan-Peter de GraaffJan-Peter de Graaff

Jan-Peter de Graaff

Jan-Peter de Graaff (*1992) started composing at the age of 15 and in 2010 began formal studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Guus Janssen, Calliope Tsoupaki and Diderik Wagenaar (BMus 2014, MMus 2016). During his final year as a master student, he participated in an Erasmus+exchange program allowing him to study at the Royal College of Music in London with Kenneth Hesketh.

Many of his compositions demonstrate a specific use of colors, a high level of transparency in harmony, structure and orchestration, while focussing on form and melodic development. Dramatised or non-musical elements can also be found in his music. Influences range from the French and Russian classical music tradition to (modern) jazz, tango and folk music, particularly from Eastern Europe, Scotland and South Africa.

De Graaff’s oeuvre to date includes some 30 works varying from  vocal and instrumental solo works and chamber music to pieces for symphony orchestra and musical theatre, commissioned by, among others, the Residentie Orkest, the David Kweksilber Big Band and Ensemble Kluster5.