Who is Paul Gelsing?
I was born in 1967. I am married with children and earn a living as IT-manager.
It was not until 2009 that I started to compose 'for real'. Since then I've working without interruption on music of almost any genre, winning several composition prizes and producing a steady output of commissioned works.
My real joy is in the making process: immersing myself in the vast ocean of creativeness.
Below, a small selection of highlights.
Sep. 2018Soundtrack for 'In limbo,' a short film featured at several Dutch and international festivals. For piano and cello.
Jan. 2018 - NowPianist and composer for 'Mag ik vragen wat dit te betekenen heeft?', a storytelling performance by Onder De Appelboom.
Sep. 2017Successful staging of 'Oeverloos' in the beautiful surroundings of the river Maas. Featuring ballet, theatre and stills. Over a thousand visitors.
Jun. 2017'Het wachtend leven van Kwijntje Mols', a musical theatre performance by Le Nuove Musiche. Premiered June 4, during the Monteverdi festival in Amersfoort (http://monteverdixl.com/).
Jan. 2016Premiere performance of 'Five Country Scenes' by the FOH Youth Orchestra (Den Bosch, NL)
Mar-Jul 2015Composition assignment for 'Oeverliefdes', an open air theatrical walk. Multiple performances in July of that year, with a total audience of over 1200 people
April 2015Second edition New meets Newer. Including the first performance with altus Hugo Naessens, 'Letse Klets'
May 2014:Artistic Director of 'New meets Newer', festival for contemporary music
May 2014:Finalist of the 'Nicola Dando Composition Competition' for 'Love' (mixed choir a capella); July 4, London (GB)
Jan. 2014Composition assignment for 'Song of the Rigging', premiered on May 24 by Septime (Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Contrabass)
Sep. 2013'Oh, how I dote on thee!' selected for '15 Minutes of Fame', performed in New York, by Katherine Crawford and Rebecca Ashe
Jun. 2013Composition assignment for the soundtrack of 'Natuur dicht bij huis,' a documentary film by Stichting Het Brabants Landschap
May 2013'Première laine' selected for '15 Minutes of Fame', performed in Bucharest, by Georgeta Stoleriu and Violetta Stefanescu
Mar. 2013Composition assignment from the 'Sambuca Recorder Ensemble', Eindhoven (for festival 'Muziek op de Dommel', June 1, 2013)
Feb. 2013First prize in the 'Oberon Spring Contest 2013' (Richmond, VA) for String Quartet
Jan. 2013OssiaMusica project 'Blue Sea and Sails', Oss
Aug. 2012OssiaMusica project 'Three Wings', Nijmegen
Jan. 2012Composition assignment for African-style children's opera 'Bayode en de Zee', Eindhoven (three performances in june of that year)
Nov. 2011Award of the public in the Dutch national composition contest 'Ook jouw stem telt' for choir a capella
Sep. 2011Jury member for the choir competition at the KW1C choir festival, 's-Hertogenbosch
May 2011OssiaMusica project 'OssiaMusica a Roma', Rome (IT)
Sep. 2009OssiaMusica project 'Requiem - Phases of Mourning', Oss, Tilburg, 's-Hertogenbosch
1996BA in Classical Piano
1995-1996Piano accompanist for students taking master courses in singing
1991-1996Bachelor studies in classical piano and choir conducting at the Tilburg Music Conservatory
1989Msc. in Business Informatics at Tilburg University
1985-1986Founder and first choir master of College Choir 'Contrast'
1985-1995Singer in projects of the Nederlands Studenten Kamerkoor and Brabant Koor
1967Born in Oss, the Netherlands