Lowell Dykstra was born in in Exeter, Canada. He and his family came to The Netherlands at the age of almost eight. After a number of - shall I say - rather disappointing years in Secondary School, he went to the Leeuwarden Conservatory where he studied the guitar with Guido Topper. In 1979 he received his diploma and from that time on he had a job as a guitar teacher for almost 17 years.
During this teaching carreer he started composing in the classical tradition. Until then, the only composing activity had been song writing. He took up composition lessons with Willem Frederik Bon at the Groningen Conservatory. After Bon's untimely death, Dykstra pursued his composition training with Tristan Keuris at the Utrecht Conservatory. He graduated in 1990, by receiving the Prize for Composition. Many commissions have followed since then.
He was selected twice for the annual "Project young Composers" for two orchestral works ('Alternation' and 'Fantasia')
His works have been performed by various ensembles and individual musicians. They are, among others: Het Nederlands Ballet Orkest • Het Noord Nederlands Orkest • Het Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch orkest • Het Nederlands Kamerkoor • Studium Chorale • Het Nederlands Studenten Kamerkoor • Jeugd Orkest Nederland • Het VU-Kamer Orkest,• Trio Ibert • baritone Maarten Koningsberger • soprano Irene Maessen • Le Quatuor de Mirmande • The violin - piano duo Tjeerd Top & Mariken Zandvliet • Duo Bilitis • Soli Brass • Vocal Ensemble Cantatrix - Hollands Vocaal Ensemble • René Berman • Duo Beumer & van Ham • Duo Bilitis.
Conducters he has worked with were, among others: David Porcelijn, Jacek Kaspszyk, Fokko Oldenhuis, Frans Burggraeff, Hans Leenders, Peter Dijkstra, Roland Kieft, Ronald Zollman.
His works are published by Donemus. (Muziek Centrum Nederland), Broekmans & van Poppel, Intrada Music and Editiones Eudora.