Chiel Meijering (Amsterdam, 1954) studied composition with Ton de Leeuw, percussion with Jan Labordus and Jan Pustjens, and piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music.
Meijering has written a large number of compositions (over 700), mainly for small ensembles, which are performed regularly. His piece Beduin caravan in the desert (1977) was selected in the Gaudeamus Competition. Referring to his work I can’t get no satisfaction (1983), based on the famous song of the Rolling Stones, Meijering states that he considers erotics, sensuality and even obscenity as basic conditions for high-grade performances of his music.
Gedoogzone (1988) for two pianos, was written at the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw; How to be an Italian for 12 harps and accordion was written for the European Harp Symposium 1995 and P.W. and his skillet lickers (1996) was performed by cellist Pieter Wispelwey and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. In 1994 he wrote the opera St. Louis Blues (performances in 1995) and in 1998 the opera Gershwin in Blue. Meijering’s opera on Alzheimer was premiered in 2006 in the New Music Centre at the IJ in Amsterdam. His Opera with Theatergroup Xynix, performed by orchestra De Volharding and 5 singers, was such a success that Xynix immediately ordered a new opera Ambrosius, premièred in september 2008. In july 2008 his piece Song of the Witches is premièred in The Muziekgebouw aan het Y in Amsterdam in the international Harpcongress. The followup will be Grenspost Zinnenwald in 2009 to be performed with 3 female singers and orchestra De Erepprijs, directed by Peter van de Baan.
Pop Songs: Rondo & Harde Ballen V (2006)
Pop Songs represent a cycle of short compositions created between 2000 and 2008. The world premiere of one part of the Pop Songs cycle took place in Belgrade 2008, performed by the LP Duo. At the international competition of contemporary music in Krakow, the jury awarded to the LP Duo not only the first prize, but also a special prize for the performance of the composition Harde ballen.