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Robert Nasveld (1955) studied piano at the Utrecht Conservatory with Polo de Haas, Sas Bunge and Herman Uhlhorn. In 1980 he received his Degree in Performance. After his studies as a pianist Robert Nasveld specialized in the twentieth century repertoire and had a strong interest in Dutch, Russian and American music. He has given concerts throughout Europe, Russia and in the United States.

He recorded all works (1991) for one piano by George Crumb for Attacca. His interpretations of this music led to invitations, most notably, to perform in the Warsaw Autumn Festival in 1990, and in the Netherlands to appear on a nationally televised program with the composer. His association with George Crumb led him to organize a seven-hour live broadcast of Crumb’s music for VPRO radio in 1986.
He was a member of the in 1976 established Orgella Quartet (with Margaret Krill, Polo de Haas, Niek de Vente), succeeded by Piano Kwadraat and finally recommenced as the Dutch Pianists’ Quartet (with Marian Bolt, Corien van den Berg, Niek de Vente), specialized in performing music for two eight handed pianos. He also collaborated with singers like Claron McFadden, Marjanne Kweksilber, Marianne Blok, Liesbeth List, Hieke Meppelink and Lieuwe Visser.
In 1998, due to the disease MS, he stopped performing as a pianist.

George Crumb complete works for piano

Robert Nasveld studied composition with Joep Straesser, and electronic music with Ton Bruynèl. In 1981 he won the Award for Composition at the Utrecht Conservatory. His most recent album ‘Hanging around’ with his own compositions was highly acclaimed by the national newspapers. Because of his previous activities as a pianist, his time consuming work for the radio and the disease MS his output as a composer remains limited.

Most important works: Imaginations I (1978) for baritone and piano; I Touch You (1980) for multi-track tape; Three Pieces for two pianos eight hands (1982); Monument (1991) for piano; Music for the Billions ( 1998) for 14 instrumentalists; String Quartet I (2000); Three Pieces (2002) for piano; Hanging around (2003) for piano trio; Hanging around again (2005) for cello and piano; Traumblätter (Dream Leaves) (2007) for piano four hands; Six Cavafy Songs (2009) for baritone and 15 instrumentalists.

Since 1988 Robert Nasveld worked for NOS/NPS/NTR as programming editor of contemporary music on classical NPO Radio 4. Apart from contributions to the Zilveren Reiss Mikrofoon awarded program Supplement, he programed series of orchestral concerts with mainly focus on contemporary music, performed by soloists, ensembles and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra , the Radio Choir in Utrecht and Amsterdam. Main series in Muziekcentrum Vredenburg in Utrecht: ‘The Great Crossing’ (1991/1996),’ Knock on the Triad’ (1998), ‘Muziek in Her(t)z’ (1998/2001), ‘Whiskey & Wodka’ (2005/2007) and ‘NTR maakt hoorbaar’ (2008/2013) in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam.

Most important Holland Festival productions to name: ‘Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil’ (2007), ‘Caminantes…..ayacucho’ (2008), ‘Anatomy of Melancholy’ (2009), ‘Dances of Ascents’ (2011) ‘Pierre Boulez & Yannis Xenakis’ (2015), ‘Solar Trilogy’ (2016), ‘Sacred environment’ (2017), ‘Sometime voices’ (2018).

Since 2019 until his retirement in 2021 he presented a series of podcasts for NTR/Classical Radio 4 about the electronic music pioneers.

Translation: Lorre Lynn Trytten