George van Dam



George van Dam is a violinist and composer. He has worked with leading contemporary composers, as a soloist or with contemporary music ensembles such as the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, MusikFabrik or Ictus, of which he is one of the founding members. His compositions include chamber music, song cycles, a concerto for violin and timbila-orchestra, music for film, theatre — and dance performances and several works with visual artists. In 2012, he resumed studying the harpsichord with Robert Kohnen, Ketil Haugsand, Bob van Asperen and Elisabeth Joyé.

Recent projects include new music for a May 2013 production of Escorial by Michel de Ghelderode/Josse De Pauw for Collegium Vocale Gent/Transparant, the film sequenza, with Manon de Boer (on Sequenza VIII by Luciano Berio) and the creation of a cine-opera with Jorge León and Ictus, for 2018.

George van Dam est violoniste et compositeur. Il a travaillé avec des compositeurs majeurs de notre temps, en tant que soliste ou au sein d’ensembles de musique contemporaine tels que l’Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, MusikFabrik ou Ictus, dont il est un des membres fondateurs. Ses compositions comprennent de la musique de chambre, des cycles de chansons, un concerto pour violon et orchestre de timbilas, de la musique pour films, pièces de théâtres, spectacles de danse et de nombreuses collaborations avec des artistes plasticiens. En 2012, il a repris l’étude du clavecin avec Robert Kohnen, Ketil Haugsand, Bob van Asperen et Elisabeth Joyé.

Parmi ses projets les plus récents, on peut épingler la partition créée par le Collegium Vocale Gent / Transparant pour Escorial - une production de Josse De Pauw sur un texte de Michel de Ghelderode - la réalisation du film sequenza avec Manon de Boer sur la Sequenza VIII pour violon de Luciano Berio et la création en cours d’un ciné-opéra avec Jorge León et Ictus pour 2018.

Projects tagged with [George van Dam]

What the Body does not Remember

Wim Vandekeybus, Thierry De Mey, Peter Vermeersch | Ulitma Vez & Ictus | 1987/2013 : revival with live music

7 events

Lost Cowboy

Ictus String Quartet presents : John Adams, Øyvind Torvund, Béla Bartók, Luciano Berio, James Dillon

String Quartet in Lille

Francesconi, Nancarrow, Adams

1 event

RIHM / BASELITZ (strijktrio)

Wolfgang Rihm : Musik für drei Streicher for string trio, 1977 In MUba Museum, Tourcoing

1 event

Liquid Room V (Subtilior)

A Liquid Room on 4 stages with guest performers of medieval music, and two premieres by Yeznikian and Guiraud

1 event, 3 articles & 1 audiofragment

Michael Levinas : La Métamorphose (opera)

La Métamorphose, opera by Michaël Levinas, based on Franz Kafka, preceded by Je, Tu, Il, a prologue from Valère Novarina

4 articles & 1 audiofragment

SOLDAT (Stravinsky | Aperghis)

Igor Stravinsky : L'Histoire du Soldat   |   Georges Aperghis : Le Soldat Inconnu

7 events

MARTA (Mitterer | Steinbuch | Lagarde)

New opera by Wolfgang Mitterer. Original libretto by Gerhild Steinbuch. Staged by Ludovic Lagarde.

2 events & 2 articles

Wagner Dream

Opera by Jonathan Harvey and Jean-Claude Carrière, staged by Pierre Audi

3 articles & 1 audiofragment

I Said I (with Rosas, 1999)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Peter Handke. Fabrizio Cassol, DJ Grazzhoppa, Ictus.

Riccardo Nova : Drones (2001)

Carnatic rhythms and electric orkestra

1 audiofragment

With Toshio Hosokawa (2005)

A portrait

Pierre Jodlowski : People / Time (2005)

People / Time tells a story, or rather, some stories : that one about a decaying leaf, those ones about roads, which white bands become

Blazek (2006)

Ictus String Quartet

Steen-Andersen, Webern, Stravinsky, Ligeti

Berio / Bartok / Dillon : Violin Duets

George van Dam, Igor Semenoff

Labyrinth Ligeti

A complete Ligeti evening (Opéra de Lille and deSingel)

1 audiofragment

Saint John ( Liquid Room 433, for John Cage)

4 hours and 33 seconds

2 articles

Liquid Room III : Darmstadt 2012

A seamless evening on three stages, related to the past and present of the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik of Darmstadt

KINOK (with Rosas, 1994)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, De Mey, Bartok, Beethoven

Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Olivier Messiaen, 1941, for clarinet, violin, cello and piano

2 events

Wolfgang Rihm : Musik für drei Streicher

String trio.

2 events & 1 article

Les Zébrides

Happy day in Opéra de Lille

1 event

Piano & String Quartet (Fumiyo ikeda | Morton Feldman)

Choreography and solo performance : Fumiyo Ikeda | Live music : Jean-Luc Fafchamps & Ictus Strings

1 event & 1 article

Jürg Frey : Quartet #2

Concert with commentary

1 event & 1 article

Welcome to Caveland !

Underworld & Afterworld

1 event

Jardin Des Secrets (A Nocturnal Journey)

*At last, then, I am allowed to refresh myself in a bath of darkness!* (Charles Baudelaire)     An initiation, a ritual itinerary - in

1 event

Death of Light

“No crucifixion has ever seemed so devastating”, wrote the composer about Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece, which is the inspiration be

1 event


Jorge León, Eva Reiter, George van Dam | Between opera, documentary cinema and installation |

4 events

Donaueschingen : 4 premieres

Martin Schüttler, Hanna Eimermacher, Francesca Verunelli, James Saunders

1 event & 1 audiofragment

Short Is The Night (Saint Johns' Eve)


1 event

At the bottom of the sea

... our memory at work, obsessed by a fleeting object that becomes all the more sublime because it is so difficult to capture.

3 events

Trois Contes [Gérard Pesson]

A new opera by Gérard Pesson and David Lescot after Andersen / Foschini / Poe

1 event & 1 article

Wir irren

Ana Torfs & Ictus (concert and film)

3 events

Pneuma (25th Anniversary Edition)

Breathcore, instrumental music, electronic music: a very special edition for Ictus' Birthday.

1 event

Watch & listen to [George van Dam]

Iannis Xenakis : Ikhoor

Xenakis string trio, live in Biennale di Venezia, 2011

1 video

Fausto Romitelli : Professor Bad Trip

“Like a Sonic Youth version of Bach” — (De Standaard, Maarten Beirens)

Helmut Oehring | Iris Ter Schiphorst : Prae Senz

Oehring/Ter Schiphorst : Prae Senz, Ballet Blanc II

Magnus Lindberg : Chamber Music

Magnus Lindberg : Clarinet Quintet (1992) | Related Rocks (1997) A Megadisc CD, 2000

1 soundcloud track

Thierry De Mey : Kinok

Megadisc Classics, 1995 Kinok, Unknowness, Violin Concerto, Amor Constante

1 soundcloud track

Michael Levinas: La Métamorphose

Michaël Levinas, after Franz Kafka. AEON 2012.

2 videos

Francesco Filidei : Ballata n.2

Live in Strasbourg, September22nd, 2012, Festival Musica

1 download
1 soundcloud track

Hikari Kiyama: Kabuki

VENICE, Biennale Musica 2011

1 video

Christophe Guiraud : Le déchirèrent, [...]

Liquid Room V, Subtilior, Kaaitheater, Brussels, March 23rd, 2014

1 soundcloud track