Official music

Yokohama Otomatsuri Overture – City of Rose

It truly was a pleasure to write the brilliant piece “Yokohama Otomatsuri Overture ? City of Rose”.
The Yokohama Arts Festival Executive Committee requested me to compose this piece, baring in mind that it should be playable by high school bands and community bands afterwards (the premier performance being given by outstanding professionals …!).
It’s a challenging piece but it’s not extremely difficult or complicated: it on the contrary is written in an accessible idiom and it certainly is playable by a large number of bands. Japan has a vibrant band (wind orchestra) life and I’m always happy to visit this country.
The opening “Fanfare” (featuring the entire brass section) can be played separately (with or without percussion)!?
I hope this new contribution to the band repertoire will become another popular piece – not only in Japan but also abroad. It will thus make the “name and fame” of Yokohama even more known all over the world!

Musically yours,

Jan Van der Roost

Jan Van der Roost

Jan Van der Roost was born in Duffel, Belgium, in 1956. He studied trombone, history of music and musical education at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven (Louvain) and continued his studies at the Royal Conservatoires of Ghent and Antwerp, where he qualified as a conductor and a composer.
At present, he teaches at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven (Belgium), is special guest professor at the “Shobi Institute of Music” in Tokyo, guest professor at the “Nagoya University of Art” and visiting professor at Senzoku Gakuen in Kawasaki (Japan). Besides being a prolific composer, he is very much in demand as an adjudicator, lecturer, clinician and a guest conductor: his increasing musical activities brought him to more than 40 different countries in 4 continents, whereas his compositions are being performed and recorded all over the world. Early 2001, a full CD containing 4 of his works for Chamber Orchestra was released with EMI Classics while the Slovakian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava) recorded 3 of his compositions in the same period, released early 2003 by the German label “Valve-Hearts”. Early 2004, “PHAEDRA RECORDS” will bring out another “classical” CD with exclusively his compositions, containing solo concertos for Trumpet, Guitar and Horn.
His list of works shows a wide variety of genres and styles, including e.g. 2 Oratorios, a Symphony and some smaller works for Symphony Orchestra, a Guitar Concerto (dedicated to Joaquin Rodrigo), a Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra (dedicated to and commissioned by the Norwegian virtuoso Ole Edvard Antonsen), a Double Concerto for 2 Clarinets and String Orchestra (dedicated to Walter and Anne Boeykens), a cyclus of “Lieder” (= “Songs”) for Baritone and Chamber Orchestra, works for Strings or Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music, numerous Brass and Wind Band compositions (including a 3 movement Symphony for large Wind Band), Choral Music, Instrumental Solos etc … Many of these compositions have been broadcast on radio and TV in various countries and most of them have been recorded on CD by reknowned performers all over the world. Jan Van der Roost exclusively composes commissioned works, till now coming from such countries like Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, the USA, Japan, Spain, France, Singapore, Austria, Canada, Norway, Germany, Finland, Luxembourg and Hungary.