recorder | harpsichord | electronics | dance

Stefan Prins | Johan Vandermaelen | Karel Marynissen |

Performing free improvised music (prepared piano, objects & live-electronics) and composing are the two main directions in Stefan  Prins’s recent musical evolution. The motor behind all this is a constant questioning of existing mechanisms, structures and ways-of-thinking. His goal is to search for contemporary relations  between composer, score, performer, technology, audience and society through the  medium of music.
Graduated as an engineering-physicist in 2002, he studied piano and composition at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp and “Music Technology” at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. For a specialisation at the Sonology-department of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (2004-2005), he received a scholarship from the Flemish Government. His interest in  contemporary technology (such as computer-driven sound processing and algorithmic composition), its possibilities and  shortcomings in musical contexts grew swiftly, and since then, his compositions and improvisations  often include the use of contemporary technology.

He received several commissions from the Flemish Government, and has been played by (a.o.) Champ d’Action, the Ensor String Quartet, Agartha and  Prometheus Ensemble and has collaborated closely with a.o. Serge Verstockt, Richard Barrett, Karlheinz Essl & Mark Applebaum. He performs as an improviser in Belgium and abroad, using (prepared)  piano, amplified objects and live-electronics, in projects with dance, video, film, plastic arts and  performance. He was awarded several prices for his compositions (a.o. KBC Aquarius Price for Young Composers 2001; Week of Contemporary Music Composition Award (2nd) 2006) and has been selected for the ISCM World Music Days in 2007 and 2008.

Kunst Kunst ist schön,
macht aber viel Arbeit
Karl Valentin