Honoring Laurens van Rooyen: A Pianist and Composer Who Touched Hearts Worldwide

Published March 22, 2024

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Laurens van Rooyen, the acclaimed pianist and composer, at 88 years old. His music made a lasting impression on Dutch cinema and contemporary music. As a prolific artist, van Rooyen composed memorable scores for films like 'Een Vrouw als Eva' and 'Brandende Liefde', creating an indelible impact on audiences everywhere.

Fortifying Bonds Through Music

Van Rooyen's legacy includes his collaboration with Herman van Veen, with whom he founded the Harlekijn Music Theater. He also shone brightly as part of Winged Friends, a piano ensemble that charmed the Netherlands with their musical grace and accessible performances.

A Flourishing Solo Journey

Beyond group acts, van Rooyen's solo career was marked by a synthesis of classical and easy listening sounds. His dedication to his craft is evident in albums such as his tribute to Domenico Scarlatti, and works like 'Collage' and 'Visage' that showcase his evolving artistry.

'Domcantata': A Homage to Heritage

In celebration of his hometown's legacy, van Rooyen composed 'Domcantata', marking the 750th anniversary of Utrecht's Cathedral. This masterpiece was a collaboration with Ina Brouwer, reflecting his connection to his roots.

A Worldwide Musical Influence

Van Rooyen's reach extended globally, with notable success in countries like South Africa, South Korea, and Japan, where his 'Imaginary Landscapes' became a beloved theme for a Japanese news program. His achievements in music were recognized when he was knighted in the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 2014.

In memory of Laurens van Rooyen, we pay tribute to a musician who transcended geographical boundaries and created a legacy that will continue to inspire for generations to come.

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