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, I went to the Leeuwarden Conservatoire where I studied the guitar with Guido Topper. In 1979 I received my diploma and from that time on I had a job as a guitar teacher for almost 17 years.
During this teaching carreer I started composing in the classical tradition. Until then, the only composing activity had been song writing. I took up composition lessons with Willem Frederik Bon at the Groningen Conservatoire. After Bon's untimely death, I pursued my
composition training with Tristan Keuris at the Utrecht Conservatoire.
I graduated in 1990, by receiving the Prize for Composition. Many commissions have followed since then.
I have been selected twice for the annual "Project young Composers" for two orchestral works ('Alternation' and 'Fantasia')
My 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 • 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 • The Bron Saxophone Quartet • Izhar Elias & Channa Malkin.
Conducters I have worked with were, among others: David Porcelijn, Daniel Reuss, Jacek Kaspszyk, Fokko Oldenhuis, Frans Burggraeff, Hans Leenders, Peter Dijkstra, Roland Kieft, Ronald Zollman.
My works are published by Donemus. (Muziek Centrum Nederland), Broekmans & van Poppel, Intrada Music and Editiones Eudora.