Luc Brewaeys

(b. 25 August 1959, Mortsel – d. 17 December 2015, Antwerp).

Belgian composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed throughout the world.

Prof. Brewaeys studied composition with André Laporte and conducting with Ronald Zollman at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels from 1979–84. He also studied composition with Franco Donatoni at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena in 1981–82 and attended the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in 1982. He studied privately with Iannis Xenakis in Paris from 1980–84.

Among his many honours were Third Prize in the competition for young composers from Europe in Amsterdam (1985, for Symphony No. 1, '...e poi c'era...'), the selected work in the category Under-30 at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris (1986, for Symphony No. 1, '...e poi c'era...'), the Prix de la Musique Contemporaine du Québec (1988, for his œuvre), Premier Prix in the Concours pour Compositeurs Européens des Rencontres Internationales de Musique Contemporaine de Metz (1988, for Symphony No. 2, 'Komm! Hebe dich...'), the Prijs voor Muziek van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap (1989), the SABAM-Prijs (1990), the Premio Musicale Città di Trieste (1991, for Symphony No. 3, 'Hommage'), two prizes from the Belgische Muziekpers (1996, for recordings of his orchestral music), and the Blanlin-Evrart Cultuurprijs from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (1999, for his œuvre). He was a member of the Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten from 2008–15. His music has been featured at the Week voor Hedendaagse Muziek in Ghent (1989), the festival Dicht bij huis in Tilburg (2001), the festival Ars Musica in Brussels (2004), and the festival November Music (2007).

He was also active in other positions. He worked as a producer at VRT from 1985–2015 and was active as both a conductor and pianist, most often heard in contemporary music. He served as composer-in-residence at the cultural centre deSingel in Antwerp in 1988–89 and to the city of Saint-Nazaire in 1991–92. He was later a guest composer of the orchestra I Fiamminghi in Brussels in 2001 and served as composer-in-residence at the cultural centre BOZAR in Brussels in 2003–04.

He lectured on computer music and electronic music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels from 1991–94 and taught composition and orchestration as a professor at the Hogeschool Gent Conservatorium in Ghent from 1998–2000. He gave masterclasses on composition and conducting at the Universidade de Aveiro in 1998. He taught as a guest professor of composition at Codarts in Rotterdam from 2009–15.





Antigone (lyric tragedy, text by Dirk Opstaele), 4 mixed voices, mixed chorus, 2 percussion, fixed media, 1991

Jocasta (monodrama, text by Elisabeth Buzzard), mezzo-soprano, small orchestra (15 players), live electronics, 2003

L'Uomo dal fiore in bocca (opera in 1 act, libretto by Birgit Van Cleemput, the composer, after Luigi Pirandello, Torquato Tasso), tenor, baritone, 3 female voices, orchestra (8 winds, 10 brass, harp, 3 percussion, 31 strings), 2006


Symphony No. 1, '...e poi c'era...', 1985

Due Cose belle ha il mondo: l'amore e la morte, piano, small orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet, soprano saxophone [+ tenor saxophone], bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, harp, electric guitar, 3 percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, bass guitar), live electronics, 1986, revised 1988

Symphony No. 2, 'Komm! Hebe dich...', large orchestra (16 winds, 14 brass, 2 harps, piano, 6 percussion, strings), 1987

Symphony No. 3, 'Hommage', 1991

Dalí's Dream?, youth orchestra, 1991

Symphony No. 4, 'Kientzyphonie', saxophones (1 player), symphonic band, 1992

Only very unusual matters, electric guitar, double bass, drum kit, large orchestra, 1992

Talisker, clarinet, contrabass clarinet, French horn, 2 percussion, small orchestra (2 E-flat clarinets, 12 clarinets, 3 alto clarinets, 4 bass clarinets, contrabass clarinet, 6 percussion), 1992–93

Symphony No. 5, 'Laphroaig', distant ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, harp, 2 violins, viola, cello, piano, 3 percussion) (with conductor), large orchestra, live electronics, 1993

Nobody is perfect! (André Laporte Sixty-five), small orchestra (15 players), 1996

Fasten Seat Belts! (Nightmare), large orchestra, 1997

Symphony No. 6, orchestra, live electronics, 2000

Benché nessuno..., sorride, 14 strings, 2001

Symphony No. 7, 2 distant ensembles (French horn, trombone each), orchestra, 2001–02, revised 2007

Symphony No. 8, 5 French horns, large orchestra, 2003–04

Stolen Silence, small orchestra (13 players), 2004

Along the Shores of Lorn, 2005 (version of OBAN)

Shadows with Melodies, large orchestra (piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, E-flat clarinet, 2 clarinets, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, 2 bassoons, 4 French horns, piccolo trumpet, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, harp, celesta, timpani, 4 percussion, strings), 2008

Fêtes à tensions : (les) eaux marchent, small orchestra (20 players), 2012

...sciolto nel foro universale del vuoto..., large orchestra (80 players), 2012–14


Epitaphium, flute, 1977

Parametric permutations, bassoon, 1982

Trajet, piano, ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, 2 percussion), ring modulator, 1982

Aouellaouellaouelle !, violin, piano, 1988

String Quartet No. 1, 1988

Very Saxy, bass saxophone, 1990

Dirge for Dina, soprano saxophone, 1991

Jacquerie – Jacques qui rit, French horn, 1991

Knockando, piano, percussion, 1991

Jocaste's (grand-)daughter, 2 percussion, fixed media, 1992

La Légende du vieux sonneur, synthesizer, fixed media, 1995

String Quartet No. 2, 'Bowmore', string quartet, 1995

Il Fiume del tempo passava..., accordion, 1996

OBAN, bass clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trombone, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 1996 (also version as Along the Shores of Lorn, orchestra)

Les Méandres de la Mémoire, recorders (1 player), piano, 1997

Per Roberto F., alto flute, 1997

Nobody is perfect! (Lukas Foss Seventy-five), string quartet, 1998

Nobody is perfect! (Jonathan Harvey Sixty), flute, clarinet, piano, 1999, revised 2007

Beyond the Deadline, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 2 French horns, 1999

Schumann's Ghosts, soprano ad libitum, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, 1999

Nobody is perfect! (João Pedro Oliveira Forty), violin, viola, cello, 1999

Violacello, viola, cello, 2000

Si sentiva un pò stanco..., trumpet, 2001

Haydn?, string quartet, 2003

Utopia, 4 violas, 2004

Hermesfanfare, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, percussion, 2005

Mozart's Ghosts, clarinet, French horn, viola, cello, piano, harpsichord, 2006

Nobody is perfect! (Frank Nuyts Fifty), flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2008

Three Miniatures, violin, cello, 2008

Painted Pyramids, piano, ensemble (flute [+ alto flute], harp, violin, cello, vibraphone [+ crotales]), live electronics, 2008

Cardhu, flute (+ alto flute), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), bass trombone, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2008

Some Persistences of Music, flute, 3 saxophones, French horn, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, bass guitar, piano, 2008

Black Rock Unfolding, cello, live electronics, 2009

Double Concerto, alto flute (+ bass flute), French horn, ensemble (oboe [+ English horn], clarinet [+ bass clarinet], trumpet, bass trombone, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2 percussion), fixed media, 2009

Per André L. 80, cello, 2011

Ni fleurs ni couronnes : Monument pour Jonathan Harvey, violin, fixed media (2/4 tracks), 2013

Eppur si muove, flute (+ alto flute), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), harp, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 2014


Come here, Ulysses (text by Homer), children's chorus, piano, 2002

I' vidi/La Vita fugge (text by Francesco Petrarca), mixed chorus, piano, 2003

vogliamo inneggiare all'uomo (text by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti), 4 amplified mixed voices, 4 amplified saxophones, amplified string quartet, 4 amplified percussion, 2009

Symphony No. 9, 40 mixed voices, large orchestra, 2007–15 (unfinished)


Réquialm (text by Hans G. Helms), soprano, small orchestra (21 players), 1989

Non lasciate ogni speranza (text by Dino Buzzati), soprano, saxophones (1 player), orchestra, 1990

Credeva... in memoriam Franco Donatoni (text by Jan Fabre), 2 sopranos, orchestra, 2000

Fantasia con tre canzoni popolare napoletane (texts from folksongs from Naples), mezzo-soprano, flute (+ alto flute, piccolo), harp, cello, piano 5 hands, 2007

speechless song, seeming many, being one 'Sonnet no. 8' by William Shakespeare (text by William Shakespeare), voice (+ 2 crotales), 2010


Conuflinicty – 1 + 1 = 3, piano, fixed media (2 tracks), 1981

Namk'Cotts, piano 4 hands, 1989

Pyramids in Siberia, 1989

Nobody is perfect! (Michael Finnissy Fifty), 1996

In between..., 1997

Fred's Hallucination, 2009


Het Raadsel van de sfinks, 1983 (Jef Cornelis)

Le Concert, 1992 (Samy Brunett)


Préludes, Premier Livre (nos. 2, 5–6, 8, 12) (Claude Debussy), large orchestra, 2002

Préludes, Premier Livre (nos. 1, 3–4, 7, 9–11) (Claude Debussy), large orchestra, 2004

Préludes, Deuxième Livre (Claude Debussy), large orchestra, 2005