Tower & Gardens

Carillonneur—Geert D’hollander

geert with bellsGeert D’hollander

Geert was named Bok Tower Gardens’ fourth full-time carillonneur in October 2012. He has studied, among others, piano, chamber music, choral- and orchestral direction, fugue, and composition at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp (Belgium), and carillon at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen (Belgium). He was first prize winner in more than 30 international competitions for carillon and/or composition. In 1997 he succeeded Ronald Barnes as University Carillonist and Professor of Carillon at the Department of Music at UC Berkeley. In 2008 he was awarded the “Berkeley Medal of Honors” for “Distinguished Service to the Carillon.” Currently, he is a carillon composition teacher at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen in Belgium. He has made five appearances at our International Carillon Festival.

Education

Geert D’hollander studied at the Royal Carillon School, Mechelen (1978-1982),
at the Royal Flemish Conservatory, Antwerp (1983-1992),
and briefly at the Lemmens Institute, Leuven (1993-1994)

Professional Career Chronology

1982:
- Graduated magna cum laude from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” (Mechelen, Belgium)

1983:
- ‘First Prize, Solfège’ (Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, Belgium)

1984:
- Assistant teacher at the Royal Carillon School

1985:
- ‘First Prize, Piano’ (Royal Conservatory of Antwerp)
- ‘First Prize, Harmony’ (Royal Conservatory of Antwerp) awarded with the Paul Gilson Prize

1986:
- ‘First Prize, Applied Harmony’ (Royal Conservatory of Antwerp) awarded with the Prize of the Royal Harmony Orchestras of Belgium  
- City Carillonneur of Antwerp

1987:
- ‘First Prize, Chamber Music’ (Royal Conservatory of Antwerp)

1988:
- Teacher of carillon, harmony, and applied harmony at the Royal Carillon School
- Teacher of piano at the Academy of Music in Sint-Niklaas (Belgium)

1989:
- Assistant City Carillonneur of Ghent – Teacher of piano improvisation at the Academy of Music in Sint-Niklaas
- ‘First Prize, Choral Direction’ (Royal Conservatory of Antwerp)

1990:
- ‘First Prize, Counter point’ (Royal Conservatory of Antwerp)
- City Carillonneur of Lier (Belgium)

1991:
- ‘First Prize, Fugue’ (Royal Conservatory of Antwerp)

1992-94:
- Composition with Willem Kersters (Royal Conservatory of Antwerp)
- Orchestral direction with Edmond Saveniers (Lemmens Institute, Leuven, Belgium)

1996:
- Assistant City Carillonneur of Ghent (Belgium)

1997-99:
-University Carillonist & Professor of Carillon at the University of California, Berkeley (USA)

1999:
- Resumes teaching position at the Royal Carillon School and posts of City Carillonneur of Antwerp, Lier, and Sint-Niklaas
- City Carillonneur of Ghent

2006:
- Guest Professor of Carillon at Roosevelt Academy (Middelburg, NL)
- Guest Professor of Carillon at the Dutch Carillon School (Amersfoort, NL)

2011:
- University Carillonneur of Middelburg (The Netherlands)

2012:
- Full-time Director of Carillon Services at Bok Tower Gardens (Lake Wales, FL, USA)

Awards and Assignments

1982:
- Rotary Prize for ‘Best Interpretation of Flemish Carillon Music’ in final examination at the Royal Carillon School
- Winner, NKV International Carillon Contest  (‘s Hertogenbosch)
- Winner, International Carillon Contest  ‘Léon Henry’ (Mechelen)

1983:
- Piano Medal of the Flemish Government (Antwerp)
- Winner, International Carillon Contest  ‘Prosper Verheyden’ (Mechelen)

1984:
- Winner, International Carillon Contest  ‘Léon Henry’ (Mechelen)
- Laureate, National Contest for Piano (Brussels)

1985:
- Winner, International Carillon Contest  (Brugge)
- Winner, International Carillon Contest  (Hasselt)

1986:
- Winner, International Carillon Contest  ‘Jef Van Hoof’ (Mechelen)
- Winner, International Carillon Contest  ‘Léon Henry’ (Mechelen, trophy for winning thrice consecutively)

1987:
- Laureate, National Chamber Music Contest (Brussels)
- Winner, International Carillon Contest  ‘Queen Fabiola’ (Mechelen)
- Honorary Division at the Provincial Choir Contest, as director with his chamber choir ‘De Averulle’

1988:
- Winner, National Contest for Choral Composition (Ypres) with ‘Koorvariaties op Psalm 128’

1990:
- Winner, Composition Prize ‘A. De Vleesschouwer’ (Antwerp) with ‘Tre Canzoni da Sonare’

1991:
- Winner, Grand Prix Européen 1991 de Composition (Tours, FR) with 214 participants from 21 countries
- Winner, Cantabile, National Composition Contest for Piano  (Antwerp) with ‘Sprookje
- Commissioned by the Belgian National Radio Choir for ‘Musique Bleu, Musique Rouge’ (choir: SATB and mezzo soprano)

1993:
- Winner, National Composition Contest ‘Peter Benoit’ (Antwerp) with ‘Esquisses’ (violin and piano)
- Commissioned by the Dutch Music Alliance of Antwerp for ‘Diptiek’ (choir: SATB and piano)

1994:
- Prize ‘Belgian Artistic Promotion’ from the Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (Ghent) for ‘Beiaardlied’  (choir: SATB and carillon)

1995:
- Commissioned by the Cultural Council of Sint-Niklaas for ‘Elegische Suite’  (mezzo soprano and piano)
- Commissioned by the Dutch Music Alliance of Antwerp for ‘Lauda Jerusalem’  (choir and organ)

1997:
- Commissioned by Musica Nova for ‘Cançao da Vindima’ (choir: SSATBB)

1998:
- Prize ‘Royal Carillon School’ at the Int. Composition Contest (Mechelen) with ‘Movimenti’ (carillon)
- San Francisco Weekly Award for “Best free music 1998”
- Winner, International Composition Contest ‘Johan Franco’ 1998 (USA) with ‘Modal Nocturne’ (carillon)

2000: 
- Laureate, Intl. Composition Contest ‘Johan Franco’ 2000 (USA) with ‘Passacaglia Antiqua per Campanae’ (carillon)

2001:
- Commissioned by the ‘Springfield Park District Carillon’ (Illinois, USA) for ‘Partita’ (carillon)

2002:
- Winner, Intl. Composition Contest Hoorn (NL, 400 years VOC) with ‘Een Aangename Voois’ (carillon)

2003:
- Winner, Intl. Composition Contest Queen Fabiola (Mechelen) with ‘We Ring, We Chime, We Toll’ (carillon)
- Commissioned by George Gregory (San Antonio, TX, USA) for ‘Baile de la Tarantella’ (carillon)
- Commissioned by the Turnhout Carillon Committee for ‘Turn in – Turn(h)out’  (carillon)

2004:
- Laureate, Intl. Composition Contest ‘Johan Franco’ 2004 (USA) with ‘Two Poems for Children’ (carillon)
- Commissioned by the Polyfoon Chamber Choir for ‘Credo super L’homme Armé’ (choir: SSAATTBB)

2005:
- Winner, Cantabile, National Composition Contest for Piano with ‘Als Donkere Duivels Dansen’
- Commissioned by George Gregory (San Antonio, TX, USA) for ‘A Swinging Suite’ (carillon)

2006:
- Commissioned by the Kampen Carillon Committee for ‘Diabolus in Musica’ (carillon)
- Commissioned by the Mol Carillon Committee for ‘Encounters with Mozart…’ (carillon)
- Commissioned by the Polyfoon Chamber Choir for ‘Responsoria’ (choir: SSAATTBB)
- Commissioned by Amnesty International for ‘Walking on the Clouds’ (carillon)

2007:
- Commissioned by John Bordley (Sewanee, Univ. of the South, USA) for ‘Southern Triptych’ (carillon)
- Commissioned by the Zwolle Carillon Committee for ‘Bolero for Bells’ (carillon duet)
- Commissioned by John Bordley (Sewanee, USA) for ‘Three Carillon Preludes for Advent’ (carillon)
- Commissioned by Tiffany Ng (Rochester School of Music, USA) for ‘Andantino Lacrimoso’ (organ)

2008:
- Commissioned by the ‘Stichting Vladeracken & Poortenaar’ (Breda, NL) for ‘Een Schoon Liedeken’ (carillon)
- Commissioned by the Cultural Council of Burcht for ‘Hymenaios’ (carillon, brass band & choir)
- Winner, Intern. Composition Contest Rhenen (NL, ‘Rhenen 750 year’) with ‘Clustrofobia’ (carillon)
- Winner, Intern. Composition Contest ‘Johan Franco’ 2008 (USA) with ‘Flour Flourishes’ (carillon)
- Recipient of the Berkeley Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the University of California at Berkeley

2009:
- Commissioned by Laura Ellis (University of Florida at Gainesville, USA) for ‘Jubilee’ (carillon)
- Commissioned by the Flemish Car. Soc. for ‘Bell Canto’ –celebrating 500 years of carillon in the Low Countries–
- Commissioned by the Dance Group ‘Tijl’ for ‘Movimenti II’ (carillon, marimba and contemporary dance)
- Commissioned by the Kampen Carillon Committee (NL) for ‘Spielerei’ (carillon)

2010:
- Commissioned by Dennis Curry (Kirk in the Hills, USA) for ‘Carillon Preludes for the Kirk’ (carillon)
- Winner, ANV- Visser Neerlandia-Prijs with ‘Ciacona’ (carillon)
- Commissioned by the Royal Carillon School (Mechelen) for ‘Ludus Modalis’ (studies for carillon)

2011:
- Commissioned by George Gregory (San Antonio, TX, USA) for ‘A Summer Serenade’ (carillon duet)
- Commissioned by the Royal Carillon School (Mechelen) for ‘Ludus Modalis, part II’ (studies for carillon)
- Commissioned by the Bergen-op-Zoom Carillon Committee (NL) for ‘Ire et Redire‘ (carillon and organ)

2012:
- Commissioned by Bok Tower Gardens (Lake Wales, Fl, USA)  – in progress -  (carillon duet)
- Commissioned by Sue Bergren (Naperville) – in progress -  (carillon solo)
- Commissioned by Rotary Club Lier (Belgium) – in progress -  (carillon and brass)

2013: 
- Commissioned by Malgosia Fiebig (Utrecht, The Netherlands) – in progress -  (carillon solo)

Compositions

Koorvariaties op Psalm 128
Choir (SATB)
De Monte Koorreeks, B

Tre Canzoni da Sonare
Mandolin and Harpsichord
Edities Nationale Muziekwedstrijd, B

Trois Nocturnes
Choir (SSAATTBB)
A Coeur Joie, FR

Duo Mottettum Mariani
Choir (SATB & SSATB)
Koor en Stem, B

Sprookje
Piano
Susato, B

Labyrinth
Carillon (49 bells)
Belgische Beiaardiers Gilde, B

Modal Nocturne
Carillon (49 bells)
Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, USA

Prelude, Choral and Fugue
Carillon (American Grand Car.)
American Carillon Music Editions, USA

Cançao de Vindima
Choir (SSATBB)
Centrum voor Vokale Muziek, B

Movimenti
Carillon (49 bells)
Vlaamse Beiaard Vereniging, B

Sonata Fervida
Carillon (47 bells)
Nederlandse Klokkenspel Vereniging, NL

Passacaglia Antiqua per Campanae
Carillon (47 bells)
Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, USA

Partita
Carillon (American Grand Car.)
American Carillon Music Editions, USA

Een aangename Voois
Carillon (50 bells)
Het Carillon te Hoorn, NL

We Ring, We Chime, We Toll
Carillon (49 bells)
Kon. Beiaardschool Mechelen, B

Turn in Turn(h)out
Carillon (50 bells)
Beiaardcomité Turnhout, B

Credo super L’homme Armé (in prep.)
Choir (SSAAATTBB)
Donemus, NL

Als Donkere Duivels Dansen
Piano
Metropolis, B

Baile de la Tarantella
Carillon (49 bells)
American Carillon Music Editions, USA

Two poems for Children
Carillon (American Grand Car.)
Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, USA

Southern Triptych
Carillon (49 bells)
University of the South (Tenessee), USA

Encounters with Mozart
Carillon (49 bells)
Vlaamse Beiaard Vereniging, B

A Swinging Suite
Carillon (49 bells)
Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, USA

Three Carillon Preludes for Advent
Carillon (49 bells)
University of the South (Tenessee), USA

Clustrofobia
Carillon (47 bells)
Nederlandse Klokkenspel Vereniging, NL

Four Flourishes
Carillon (47 bells)
Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, USA

Een Schoon Liedeken
Carillon (3 octaves)
Beiaardcentrum Nederland, NL

Bell Canto
Carillon (all types)
Vlaamse Beiaard Vereniging, B

Carillon Preludes for The Kirk
Carillon (American Grand)
Kirk in The Hills (MI), USA

Ciacona
Carillon (47 bells)
ANV – Vlaamse Beiaard Vereniging, (NL – B)

Ludus Modalis
Carillon (49 bells)
Kon. Beiaardschool Mechelen, B

Ludus Modalis II
Carillon (49 bells) – in progress -
Kon. Beiaardschool Mechelen, B

CD Recordings

Carillon of the Belfry of Ghent (1988)
Performer: carillon duets
Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap (B)

Carillon of the Antwerp Cathedral (1989)
Performer: carillon solo
Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap (B)

Carillon of the St. Rombouts Cath. (1990)
Performer: carillon solo
Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap (B)

Bevroren Vuurwerk (2004)
Performer: carillon duo
Nederlandse Programma Stichting (NL)

René Uijlenhoet: batalla (2004)
Performer: carillon duo
CV NEAR 14 (NL)

Penitentia (2004)
Composer: Trois Nocturnes
Terpsichore Records Seattle (USA)

300 Jaar Lierse Beiaard (1704-2004)
Performer: carillon solo
Lierse Beiaard Vereniging (B)

Beiaardstad Turnhout (2005)
Composer: Turn in – Turn(h)out
Performer: carillon duo & piano
Stad Turnhout (B)

Summa Passionis (2005)
Composer: Calligo terrae
Polyfoon (B)

Carillon de l’Abbaye de St-Maurice (2005)
Composer: Passacaglia Antiqua
RSR et Abbaye de Saint-Maurice (FR)

Cantabile 25 years (2008)
Composer: Chromatische Wals / Als Donkere Duivels…
Cantabile v.z.w. (B)

Triptic (2009)
Composer: In Monte Oliveti
Polyfoon (B)

Zeven Eeuwen Muziek in Zeeland (2009)
Performer: carillon solo
Stichting Nieuwzout (NL)

Sing, Choirs of Angels (2010)
Comp./Arr.: O Come, All Ye…
(Hymn arr. in baroque style)
Kirk in the Hills (USA)