maarten stragier


Franco Donatoni (1927–2000): Algo (1977)
Luciano Berio (1925–2003): Sequenza XI (1988)
Nicholas Vines (b. 1976): Les Effaceurs (2011)*

*Written for Maarten Stragier

Maarten Stragier

  • 2012

Recognized by such luminaries as Oscar Ghiglia and Eliot Fisk for his musical sensitivity and unflagging desire for innovation, Belgian guitarist Maarten Stragier is in the vanguard of the new musical generation. A refreshing take on concert programming and a passion for contemporary music take his performances from the original to the unusual, with occasional forays to the beaten path. He has played for audiences in Europe and the U.S., on such stages as BOZAR in Brussels, Jordan Hall in Boston and the Palazzo Chigi in Siena; and in festivals such as Boston Guitarfest, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (Boston), Klara in het Paleis (Brussels) and Ars Musica (Brussels).

Maarten’s commitment to new music frequently leads him to collaborate with composers. Nicholas Vines, Seongyoun Hong and Caroline Park have written works for him, and he has worked closely with Tristan Murail, Chaya Czernowin, Mohammed Fairouz and Christian Wolff on the interpretation of their music.

In addition to his solo career, he has played with the Ictus ensemble (Brussels), the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Callithumpian consort (Boston), Sound Icon (Boston), the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, the KOA guitar quartet, Opera Boston and the Mimesis ensemble (New York). He has recorded for Dorian Records, BMOP/sound and Collectief Debonair.

Alongside his life as a performer, Maarten is a musical scholar. He is currently a doctor of musical arts candidate in the studio of Eliot Fisk at the New England Conservatory, where he researches the oeuvre and aesthetic theories of spectralist composers.

Before his arrival at the New England Conservatory, Maarten studied at the Tienen Music Academy, from which he graduated maxima cum laude in 2003; at the Royal conservatory of Ghent, under Yves Storms; and later under Antigoni Goni at the Royal conservatory of Brussels, where he concluded the masters program in guitar performance magna cum laude. Additionally, he won first prizes in the Axion Classics Competition and the Hasselt Competition for Musical Youth in 2003, and received the 2010 Köberle Award for extraordinary musical achievement.

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