Misha Mengelberg

Misha Mengelberg (1935–2017)


Misha Mengelberg was born on June 5, 1935 in Kiev and since 1938 he resides in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Musical education:
He studied with Kees van Baaren at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He concluded his musical studies in 1964 with a degree in music theory.

Since 1960 he has been active in the field of jazz. In 1967 he was one of the founders of the Instant Composers Pool (ICP) and in 1968 of the Studio voor Electro-Instrumentale Muziek (STEIM). In 1972 he became chairman of the BIM (Guild of Improvising Musicians).

He was one of the five composers of the opera Reconstructie (1969). He wrote many works for the orchestra Instant Composers Pool and received commissions from various Dutch ensembles.

In 1961 he was awarded the first prize during the Gaudeamus Muziek Week for Musica per 17 strumenti. In 2001 he was awarded the Matthijs Vermeulenprijs for Opera 2000.

Compact discs:
Viva Angelica - Salta, oh il romanticismo delle lepre - Onderweg -
Concert voor saxofoon en orkest, Misha Mengelberg and Pierrot Lunaire, AL 010
Gare Guillemans, Rumbone, Whose Bridge (Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw), Via Records CD 9920932
Jubilee Varia (ICP Orchestra), HatOLOGY (no. 528)
Wat volgt (ICP Orchestra), NM Extra 98014
Dressoir, arr. H. van der Heide (Nederlands Blazers Ensemble), EW 0276/NBE CD009.'