Koen Dejonghe

(b. 27 June 1957, Kuurne).

Belgian composer of mostly chamber, vocal and piano works that have been performed throughout Europe; he is also active as a pianist.

Mr. Dejonghe studied piano with Levente Kende at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, where he graduated in 1982 with a combined diploma in music education and piano. He then studied composition with Willem Kersters at the Koninklijk Vlaams Conservatorium in Antwerp, where he earned a premier prix in fugue in 1990 and a premier prix in composition in 1994.

Among his honours are First Prize in the competition for chamber music of the Muizelhuisconcerten (1990, for Vier Stukken), the Provinciale Prijs from the province of West Flanders (1993, for Gezellesuite; 1996, for Sintra), the Jef van Hoof Prijs (1998, for String Quartet No. 2), and the award for arrangements in the competition Song Expo (2001, for Jace and Concerto).

As a pianist, he has made numerous recordings for VRT and has often served as an accompanist.

He has taught chamber music, composition and harmony at the Stedelijke Academie voor Muziek, Woord en Dans in Sint-Niklaas since 1981 and chamber music at the Muziekacademie van het Gemeenschapsonderwijs in Antwerp since 1981. He has lectured on improvisation and practical harmony at the Koninklijk Vlaams Conservatorium since 1986.


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Drie Sonnetten op tekst van Hugo Claus (music-theatre work), boy soprano, alto, bass, mixed chorus, small orchestra, 1994

Ket (opera in 2 acts, libretto by Geert van Istendael), 9 soloists, electric guitar, bass guitar, synthesizer, drum kit, orchestra, 2000–01


Stuk, 1992

Twee Schetsen, 1993

Sintra, 1994

Concerto, violin, small orchestra (2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 16 strings), 1999


To play or not to play, clarinet, violin, piano, 1985

Capriolen op een caprice van Paganini, clarinet, piano, 1987

Memo-holiday, clarinet, piano, 1987

Tune for a quartet, flute, oboe, double bass, piano, 1988

Vier Stukken, 4 cellos, 1989

Habanera, 4 clarinets, 1990

Houtblazerstrio, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 1990

String Quartet No. 1, 1991

Lullaby, cello, piano, 1991

Koperkwintet, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1991

Cirkels I, flute, 1991

Cirkels II, oboe, 1991

Cirkels IV, violin, 1991

Duo, cello, piano, 1992

Trio, violin, viola, cello, 1992

Introduktie en Humoreske, bassoon, piano, 1992

Het Lose Violissertje, 2 violins, piano, 1993

Kopergravure, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1993

Parade, string quartet, 1993 (version of work for piano; also version for violin, cello, piano, 1993)

Drie Miniaturen, flute/English horn/clarinet/saxophone/bassoon, piano, 1994

Astor, 2 alto recorders ad libitum, 4 recorders, 1996

Vier-Telgen Wals, flute, clarinet, violin, piano, 1996

Panta Rhei, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1996

Surfing-Trio, clarinet, violin, cello, 1996

Reminiscenza al inizio, violin, piano, 1996

String Quartet No. 2, 1997

Kwintet, guitar, string quartet, 1997

Tijdingen, clarinet, cello, piano, 1997

Hommage aan Alfred Schnittke, violin, cello, piano, 1998

Vier Temperamenten, alto saxophone, piano, 1998

Nocturne, flute, string quartet, 2003


Gezellesuite (text by Guido Gezelle), equal chorus, 1993

Triptiek (text by Leonard Nolens), mixed chorus, piano, 1995


Het Vreemde leed (text by Henriette Roland Holst), mezzo-soprano, piano, 1988

Buvons chers amis, buvons (text by Molière), voice, piano, 1988

Le Rebelle (text by Charles Baudelaire), mezzo-soprano, clarinet, piano, 1989

Drie Gezelleliederen (text by Guido Gezelle), soprano, piano, 1992

Tango op het thema van 'Moskouse nachten', voice, violin, double bass, piano, accordion, 1996

Jace, soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 oboes, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, harp, electric guitar, 4 violas, bass guitar, 2 pianos, 1998

A New National Anthem for the Netherlands (text by Geert van Istendael), voice, piano, 2002


Arlequino, 1980

De Parvenu, 1988

Ragtime, 1988 (also easier version as Lucky Luke's Ragtime, 2002)

Barcarolle, 1989

Vijf Stukken voor een ballet, 1989

Ritorno eterno, 1989

Suite, 2 pianos, 1990

Preludio, Toccata e Aria, 1990

Canto nero e bianco, 1991

Iride, 1991

Parade, 1993 (also versions for string quartet; violin, cello, piano)

Hippodroom, 1993

A(n)dante, 1994

Introduktie en Scherzo, 1995

Passage, 1995

Duo-zit, piano 4 hands, 1995


A Russian Tango (popular song Moscow Nights), clarinet, piano, 2002 (also versions for clarinet, double bass, accordion, 2002; clarinet, piano, accordion, 2002; clarinet, cello, piano, 2002; clarinet, viola, piano, 2002; violin, cello, double bass, piano, 2002; flute, cello, double bass, piano, accordion, 2002; voice, flute, violin, cello, double bass, piano, 2002; violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 2002; guitar, violin, double bass, piano, accordion, 2002)

Simi Yadech (folksong from Israel), children's chorus, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, trumpet, bass guitar, 3 percussion, string orchestra, 2002

An Old Flemish Christmas Song (Christmas carol Hoe leit dit kindeke), voice, flute, piano, 2002


Duo. Karel Steylaerts, cello; Gilles Masson, piano (C + P Muizelhuis-Projecten: WW-IG-09, 1997)

Drie Gezelleliederen. Sylvie De Pauw, soprano; Joost Vanmaele, piano (Globe: GLO 6047, 1999)

Jace. Robert Groslot/ensemble (KVC, 2000)

Tijdingen; Drie Miniaturen. Clarino Ensemble (Phaedra, 2003)