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About

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. His works are published by Donemus. (Muziek Centrum Nederland), Broekmans & van Poppel, Intrada Music and Editiones Eudora.

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.

" I never really had an eye for any specific composing technique such as serialism. I did flirt with it, though. That was during my years at conservatory. I then believed that musical history was constantly developing in the sense of improving. But musical development is not a technical device. I now believe that progression is within myself. I want every new piece to be better than the previous, without being impeded by style or musical language."

  Currently working on a work for      saxophone quartet, requested by      the Bron Saxophone Quartet.

  My latest work is "Ritual text      for the afterlife"  for women's          choir and tubular bells.
     Ancient Greek goldplates with      texts - recently  found in graves -      that were carried by the dead on      their journey to afterlife.

 In progress is a work of a much     bigger scale: Blodeuwedd,  a     dance poem for narrator,      singer/reciter, dancer and      ensemble. The poem is by the      Welsh poet Tony Conran.

  Another recent work (2016) is
     O me! O life!
(Walt Whitman) for      choir and string quintet.

  My guitar sonata (1982) is      now being published by
     Editiones Eudora (Madrid),

  Draaf, Foekje. Draaf!

    Watch the television interview.     (You need to understand Frisian,     though).