Dutch composer and conductor Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) received his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, where he studied trombone and conducting. His award-winning oeuvre of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and film score arrangements has garnered him international acclaim and have become permanent fixtures in the repertoire of renowned ensembles throughout the world. His Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings was awarded the prestigious Sudler Composition Prize and has been recorded by myriad ensembles including The London Symphony Orchestra, The North Netherlands Orchestra, The Nagoya Philharmonic and The Amsterdam Wind Orchestra. His Symphony No. 2 The Big Apple, Symphony No. 3 Planet Earth, Symphony No. 4 Sinfonie der Lieder as well as his solo concertos, T-Bone Concerto (trombone), UFO Concerto (euphonium) and Casanova (cello) have been enthusiastically received at many of the world’s finest venues.
Before devoting his time exclusively to composing and conducting, Johan de Meij enjoyed a successful professional career as a trombone and euphonium player, performing with major orchestras and ensembles in The Netherlands. He is in high demand as a guest conductor and lecturer, frequently invited to speak about and perform his own works. He currently maintains posts with both the New York Wind Symphony and the Kyushu Wind Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan as their principal guest conductor. He was also appointed regular guest conductor of the Simón Bolívar Youth Wind Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela – part of the celebrated Venezuelan educational system El Sistema. He is founder and CEO of his own publishing company Amstel Music, established in 1989.
When not traveling, Johan divides his time between his Hudson Valley home and Manhattan apartment with his wife and muse Dyan, cats Lenny & Tosca and dog Lucy
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Awards and Prizes:
1989 1st Prize at The Sudler International Composition Competition Award for Symphony no.1 “The Lord of the Rings”
1995 Honorable Mention International Composition Competition of Corciano - Italy for Symphony No. 2 “The Big Apple”
1999 1st Prize at The International Composition Competition of Corciano - Italy for “Casanova”
2000 1st Prize at The Oman International Composition Prize for “The Red Tower”
2006 2nd Prize at The International Composition Competition of Corciano - Italy for Symphony No. 3 “Planet Earth”
2007 Dutch Wind Music Award/Prijs Nederlandse Blaasmuziek
2009 Friends of the WMC Award - Kerkrade, The Netherlands
2016 2nd Prize at The International Composition Competition of Corciano - Italy for “Echoes of San Marco”
2016 1st Prize at The 6th International Composition Contest City of Muro - Spain for "Fifty Shades of E"
2017 Buma Classical Award - The Netherlands