Date of Birth: 1929/6/2
Place of Birth: Amsterdam, Netherland
Devreese had his first lessons from his father, composer and conductor Godfried Devreese(1893-1972). He studied composition with Marcel Poot and conducting with Rene Defossez in Brussels, and later studied composition with Ildebrando Pizzetti at the Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome and conducting with Hans Swarowski at the Wiener Staatsakademie. At the age of 19 he received the Prize of the City of Ostend for his first piano concerto. His compositions include 4 piano concertos, the last of which was used as a set piece in the 1983 Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians Competition. His other works include a symphony, an orchestral suite, music for strings, 2 quintets for brass instruments and chamber music. He has also composed 3 ballets: "Mascarade", "Don Juan" and "Gemini". He has written 2 operas for BRT Television, the Flemish service of Belgian Radio and Television, "De Vreemde Ruiter" (The Strange Horseman), after the play by Michel de Ghelderode, and "Willem van Saeffinghe" for which he was awarded the Prix Italia. Following the example of his father who conducted orchestras for the old silent films, Devreese has entered the world of film music and has written some 40 film-scores, including "Un Soir, un Train ...", "Rendez-vous", "Braye", "Benvenuta" and "l'Oeuvre au Noir" of Andre Delvaux and "Sacrament" by Hugo Claus. He has received several national and international awards, including the Georges Delerue Award and the Plateau Music Award for his film music.
Official Website of Frederic Devreese: http://www.www.fdevreese.be
Address: 30 av. Buysdelle, B - 1180 Brussels, Belgium
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