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The conductor and pianist Reinbert de Leeuw passed away on February 14 in his hometown Amsterdam at the age of 81.

Reinbert de Leeuw will endure as a leading figure in contemporary music. As a pianist, composer and conductor he dedicated himself, from the 1970s onwards, to perform and record the works of 20th and 21st century composers.

With his ensemble Asko|Schönberg de Leeuw passionately promoted modern music and new creations. Recognition came in the form of invitations to conduct the most prestigious orchestras in The Netherlands. He also took on the role of artistic director for several famous festivals, such as Aldeburgh and Tanglewood.

Reinbert de Leeuw performed numerous times at BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts. 2016 saw him perform with his Asko|Schönberg Ensemble as he received an Honorary Degree from the KUL. As recently as 2019 he was here on stage, with undiminished enthusiasm, performing the music of the Viennese avant-garde with Het Collectief from Brussels, in dialogue with our exhibition Beyond Klimt.

It is with the deepest respect that we pay tribute to a brilliant man and a truly innovative artist.


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