Rozalie Hirs

Photo report


Eye, passage

Deeply grateful for the current healing of my right eye after recent injury and subsequent impaired vision. Just in time for this summer’s creative work, which will take me offline for some months. With this amazing Passage by Cornelia Konrads (Wuppertal, 1957) I wish you a joyous summer!

The photograph on the left is a detail from the portrait photograph by Philip Mechanicus made in 2002. The photograph of Konrads’ work was taken a couple of years ago in situ at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France.


Picknick with the newspaper in the grass

Just received this fun picture, taken by a friend who is having breakfast in the grass. And who came across an interview annex preview by Joep Stapel in the daily Dutch newspaper NRC: “My music flows, intuitively, quietly”.

Earlier this week the same article has also appeared online NRC online under the title ‘Inspiration is the space where new things emerge’. Read it here. Or download the [PDF].



Earlier this week, while browsing old photo albums together with my dear father, we came across this picture. It was probably taken around 1987 during a dinner following my uncle’s Ph.D. defense at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.


parallel sea [to the lighthouse]

The new composition parallel sea [to the lighthouse] for twelve instruments and electronic sounds (2018) is completed. I feel deeply grateful for the commission by ASKO|Schönberg and its artistic director Fedor Teunisse, the support of the Performing Arts Fund, The Netherlands, as well as the artist-in-residence at Maison Dora Maar, Ménerbes, France. The score of parallel sea [to the lighthouse] (2018) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

At Maison Dora Maar a most wonderful mistral-filled month of March was spent. The picture on the left shows the view from my window in the artist’s studio where I worked many hours a day on the new work. The picture below depicts an almond tree fiercely blossoming on top of the hill at Lacoste, one of the neighboring villages of Ménerbes.


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Brahma Vihara Arama, Banjar Tegehe, and Pura Taman Kemuda Saraswati, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.


Cover girl at Poëziekrant

The new december issue 6/2017 of the poetry magazine Poëziekrant features an interview with Rozalie Hirs by Johan de Boose on ways of writing, ideas on poetry, as well as the new book verdere bijzonderheden (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Querido, 2017). The accompanying portrait photograph by Bianca Sistermans serves as the cover image of the current issue. With special thanks to Carl de Strycker, director of Poëziecentrum, Ghent, Belgium, and editor-in-chief of Poëziekrant.


Finetuning Luisterhuis for November Music

This morning we have been finetuning Luisterhuis by Machiel Spaan (concept, design) and Rozalie Hirs (music) for November Music. At Willem II, the building across the street from Verkadefabriek in Den Bosch.

Remko Spaan has done wonderful carpentry work, yet again, and Casper Schipper has programmed and assembled the excellent electric wiring, sensor and speaker set-up. The interactive architectural sound sculpture is now up and running for the duration of the festival (3-12 November 2017). And is also very suited for young visitors. I will be around on several days. Do let me know if you like a small tour. Welcome!

Here are a few snapshots of this morning’s installation. The photographs, showing Casper Schipper, Rozalie Hirs, and Luisterhuis, were made by Machiel Spaan.


parallel world [breathing] (2017), Concertgebouw

Very happy with the performance of my new composition parallel world [breathing] for flute, clarinet, percussion, two harps, violin, viola, cello, and electronic sounds (2017) at Koninklijk Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, yesterday. The concert was part of the Entrée Late Night. The soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, who performed the work, were Emily Beynon (flute), Hein Wiedijk (clarinet), Petra van der Heide (harp), Sandrine Chatron (harp), Mark Braafhart (percussion), Marijn Mijnders (violin), Frederik Boits (viola), Honorine Schaeffer (cello), and Alexander de Blaeij (conductor). Photographs by Renske Vrolijk.

The new work was a co-commission of Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund. The score of parallel world [breathing] (2017) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Download program booklet [PDF]


Rozalie Hirs @Perdu

Rozalie Hirs is talking about and reading some brandnew experimental versus lyrical poetry during the season’s opening 2015/16 of Perdu, the one-and-only cutting edge poetry foundation in the Netherlands, located in the center of Amsterdam.


Photograph by Bianca Sistermans

Rozalie Hirs (portrait photograph by Bianca Sistermans ©2014)

New portrait photograph by Dutch photographer Bianca Sistermans, taken on 8 August 2014, Amsterdam. This photograph is part of a larger series of portraits by Sistermans, accompanied by interviews by Hester van Hasselt. (The online use of this photograph for non commercial purposes is free of charge. Please add credit line: Rozalie Hirs ©2014 Bianca Sistermans)


Rozalie Hirs and Amsterdam Sinfonietta

This is a photograph of Rozalie Hirs being interviewed before the world premiere of her brandnew music composition Lichtende Drift (2014), commisioned and performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Candida Thompson (artistic director, principal player) in Tilburg, The Netherlands. With financial support of the Netherlands Foundation of Performing Arts.

Below is the listening link to an excerpt of Lichtende Drift (2014) by Rozalie Hirs on YouTube.


Rehearsal with Wiek Hijmans, Shanna Gutierrez, and Fie Schouten

Here is a photograph of a rehearsal with Fie Schouten, Shanna Gutierrez, and Wiek Hijmans last Wednesday, as we were trying out sketches towards a new trio & two new solo pieces. This set of instruments (flute, bass clarinet, electric guitar) prove to be exquisite and is highly recommended!

The world premiere of article 6 [waves] for electric guitar and electronic sounds (2013) will take place during the Wiek Hijmans’ recital Gevonden werken at Theater Korzo, Den Haag, on 21 September 2013 at 20:30 CET. Welcome!

Date: 2013-08-14
Time: 14:00
Location: MuzyQ, Atlantisplein 1, Amsterdam
Performers: Fie Schouten, Shanna Gutierrez, Wiek Hijmans


Stanza/ Rámus, Malmö, Sweden

The gang, Stanza, Rámus @ Inkonst, Malmö, 22 March 2012. From left to right: Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl, Helena Österlund, Rozalie Hirs, Johan Jönson (photo by Per Bergström)

Date: 2012-03-22
Location: Rámus, Värnhemsgatan 16, Malmö