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Lukas Huisman (born 1987) studied with Daan Vandewalle at the Ghent Faculty of Music, where he graduated with highest distinction. He received the De Blonde-Torck prize as the most deserving student and attended master classes with Ian Pace (Ferneyhough, Finnissy), Jonathan Powell (Sorabji, Xenakis, Ferneyhough, Finnissy), Geoffrey Douglas Madge (Sorabji, Xenakis), Ciro Longobardi (Scriabin), Daniel Rivera (Busoni), and Carlo Mazzoli (Messiaen). From 2012 to 2016 he worked on an artistic doctoral project relating to contemporary complex solo piano music at the School of Arts Ghent/University Ghent.

Lukas mainly performs contemporary music, with particular attention to the little-known composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji. This has brought him into contact with various performers of Sorabji’s work and he has worked on several international projects, aimed at making the manuscripts of this little-performed composer more accessible. This has already resulted in the publication of such scores as 100 Transcendental Studies, 104 Frammenti aforistici, Opus secretum, 4 Frammenti aforistici, and the Symphonic Nocturne. You will find more information on the site of The Sorabji Archive.

Lukas often plays creations of new music, like the two Piano Trios, the 12 Études for piano duo and the complete works for piano solo by Jeroen De Brauwer, chamber music by Hans Roels (BE and UK) and Susan Clynes, and some solo piano and chamber music pieces by Alfred Vorster (CH and SA). Together with Ivo Delaere he forms the Simplexity piano duo. He is the pianist of the Warped Time ensemble and, with Tine Allegaert, formed the Tinnitus piano duo. He took chamber music classes with Filip Rathé, Kris Deprey, and Patrick Beuckels. At the Orpheus Institute, he and Ivo Delaere are taking chamber music masterclasses about Brahms and Finnissy with Piet Kuijken, Piet Van Bockstal, Paul De Clerck and France Springuel.

 

 

Ensembles

Simplexity Piano Duo (website)

 

Ivo Delaere and Lukas Huisman studied together with Daan Vandewalle in the music faculty of the School of Arts in Ghent. They worked on major solo projects around music by Messiaen, Rzewski, Sorabji, Ferneyhough, Finnissy, Xenakis, ... After Lukas Huisman received his PhD on the research project Limits of nature and nature of limits they decided to start a project together. Their shared passion led to the formation of the Simplexity Piano duo. They aim at unraveling the intense link and interaction between Simplicity and Complexity. From 2017 they started taking master-classes with Piet Kuijken, Piet Van Bockstal, Paul De Clerck and France Springuel at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent.

 

  • Brahms / Concerto in d minor (four hand piano arr. by composer)
  • Finnissy / Stille Thränen
  • Poulenc / Concerto en ré mineur (two pianos and orchestra)
  • Schubert / Drei Militärmärsche
  • Schumann / Stille Tränen (four hand piano arr. by Lukas Huisman)

 

 

Warped Time Ensemble

 

Claudia Ibarra and Lukas Huisman together created the Warped Time ensemble. They played Birds in Warped Time 2 by Satoh, 4 Pieces by  Webern as well as the complete works for piano and violin by  Messiaen. Danré Strydom joined them when they played the Adagio for violin, clarinet and piano by Berg. A little later, Eline Duerinck joined to play the cello part of the Quatuor pour la fin du temps by Messiaen. This successful cooperation resulted in a series of concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. They decided to play more music together in the future, and so the Warped Time ensemble was born. The ensemble plays in changing formations. They played a concert series in BE, NL, BOL and MEX with  Schönbergs Pierrot Lunaire. Their most recent program with voice, cello and piano contained works by Strauss, Delibes, Stravinsky and Bernstein. This program was heard on many occasions in the Netherlands and in the series Young soloists Oost-Vlaanderen 2014.

 

Cooperations: Claudia Ibarra, violin and viola / Robin Van Heghe, violin / Lukas Huisman, piano / Danré Strydom, clarinet and bass clarinet / Eline Duerinck, cello / Annelies Heyvaert, flute and piccolo / Anna Pardo Canedo, voice and Sprechstimme / Sabine Schmitz, clarinet and bass clarinet / Benjamin Glorieux, conductor / Filip Rathé, conductor.

 

  • Berg / 4 Stücke (clarinet and piano), Adagio (violin, clarinet and piano)
  • Bernstein / Glitter and be gay (arr. for voice, cello and piano)
  • Delibes / Les filles de Cadix (arr. for voice, cello and piano)
  • Cage / Nocturne (violin and piano)
  • Casals / Song of the birds (cello and piano)
  • Crumb / Four nocturnes (violin and piano)
  • Franck / Le sylphe (voice, cello and piano)
  • Gershwin / Summertime (arr. for voice, cello and piano)
  • De Gheselle / Clocks never wait and Tonight I can write (violin, cello and piano)
  • Ginastera / Pampeana 2 (cello en piano)
  • Gistelinck, E. / Music for Rene (violin an piano)
  • Janacek / Sonata (violin and piano), Pohadka (cello and piano)
  • Kurtag / Tre pezzi (violin an piano)
  • Liszt / O! Quand je dors (arr. for voice, cello and piano)
  • Massenet / Élégie (voice, cello and piano)
  • Messiaen / Quatuor pour la fin du temps (violin, clarinet, cello and piano), Thème et variations (violin and piano), Fantaisie (violin and piano)
  • Pärt / Fratres, Spiegel im Spiegel (cello and piano)
  • Prévin / Vocalise (voice, cello and piano), Tango, Song and Dance (violin and piano)
  • Rachmaninov / Vocalise (arr. for voice, cello and piano)
  • Ravel / Trio (violin, cello and piano)
  • Saint-Saëns / Violons dans le soir (voice, violin and piano), Le Cygne (cello and piano)
  • Satoh / Birds in warped time 2 (violin and piano), Toki no mon (violin, percussion and piano), The heavenly spheres are illuminated by lights (singer, percussion and piano)
  • Schönberg / Pierrot Lunaire (Sprechstimme and chamber orchestra)
  • Strauss, R. / Zueignung, Ständchen, Amor, Wiegenlied, Morgen (songs)
  • Takemitsu / Distance de fée (violin and piano)
  • Webern / 4 Stücke (violin and piano)
  • Widmann / Fünf Bruchstücke (clarinet and piano)

 

Tinnitus Piano Duo

 

The Tinnitus piano duo originates from years of collaboration between Tine Allegaert and Lukas Huisman. They played works by composers ranging from Bach, Debussy and Ravel, to Piano Phase by Reich and Gemini by Devreese. In early 2011 they asked Jeroen De Brauwer to write a full-length collection of technically challenging music, which also uses new playing techniques and displays the performers as more than mere musicians. This resulted in the 12 Études.

 

  • Bach, J. S. / Concerto per due cembali senza ripieno
  • Barber / Souvenirs
  • Beethoven / Complete variations for piano duo
  • De Brauwer / 12 Études (première)
  • Corten / Wreck the piano Time (première)
  • Debussy / Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Lindaraja
  • Devreese / Gemini
  • Ravel / Rapsodie Espagnole
  • Reich / Piano Phase, Clapping music
  • Zombila / Verwindung II (violin, viola and two pianos; première)

 

 

Research

 

In September 2016, Lukas received a PhD for his research on the notation in the piano works of Sorabji, Xenakis, Ferneyhough and Finnissy, Limits of nature and nature of limits. (Artistic doctorate from School of Arts Ghent and Ghent University, IPEM.)

 

 

Abstract

 

This dissertation examines the works of four composers that explore the physical and mental limits of the performer. The subject is approached via their oeuvre for solo piano. The Opus Clavicembalisticum (Cadenza I, Adagio, Coda. Stretta) and the Symphonic Nocturne by Sorabji, Evryali by Xenakis, Lemma-Icon-Epigram by Ferneyhough and Midsomer morn (from the English Country-tunes) by Finnissy are analysed. These works exemplify the excess of specification of one or more musical parameters. In certain cases, this problematizes the relation between score and performer. The pianist is being confronted with new liberties and therefore new responsibilities when performing these works. The question, how are these scores to be played was answered in four case studies about the four composers mentioned earlier. Focussing on the traditional score, this question can be narrowed down to, what accumulated knowledge about the proper performance of these works can be added to a new score and thus passed on to the next performer?

   

 

 

Compositions

 

He took (algorithmic) composition classes with Godfried-Willem Raes for five years. In 2011, he was asked to write the Trefpunt composition assignment which was played as part of the concert series Gentse Vleugels at the music and theatre festival Gentse Feesten. Also, the Kalès Guitarquartet asked him to write a piece, which was played on the Festival van Vlaanderen, Kortrijk in 2013.

 

 

Chamber music works

  • Woorden... achter tralies / arr. of PoMo & MoMo for Kalès guitar quartet, Played on Festival van Vlaanderen, Kortrijk
  • Finagle's law / piano, Trefpunt composition assignment, Gentse Feesten (2011)
  • 2 Schetsen / flute, cello and piano (2011)
  • PoMo / violin and piano (2010)

 

 

Works for M&M Robot orchestra

  • Spleen (2010)
  • +BWV869+1 (2010)
  • Montpellier live (2010)
  • MoMo (2010)
  • 2009: review (2009)
  • Ommagio (2009)
  • 5 Free projections (2008)
  • Teen Batti (2007)
  • Sonate in S (2007)
  • QED (2007)
  • 3 Plagiaatinventies (2006)

 

 

Tape

  • Ogen / electronic music for one-minute video by Diederik Suykens (2006)

 

 

The Tinnitus piano duo originates from years of collaboration between Tine Allegaert and Lukas Huisman. They played works by composers ranging from Bach, Debussy and Ravel, to Piano Phase by Reich and Gemini by Devreese. In early 2011 they asked Jeroen De Brauwer to write a full-length collection of technically challenging music, which also uses new playing techniques and displays the performers as more than mere musicians. This resulted in the 12 Études.