(July 27, 1962) studied at the Institute of Sonology from 1981 to
1983 (Utrecht) and from 1987 to 1989 (The Hague). He subsequently
studied composition with Jan Boerman at the Royal Conservatory in The
Hague, graduating in 1993. Since then Tazelaar has been teaching at the
Institute of Sonology. He is head of Sonology since June 2006.
addition to his own autonomous works, he has contributed to music
theatre projects by Dick Raaijmakers (Die glückliche Hand geöffnet,
Scheuer im Haag) and Theatergroep Hollandia (Perzen, Varkensstal).
In recent years he has also been occupied intensively in the
restoration and reconstruction of major electronic works from the past.
In his specially equipped studio new versions have been made of
compositions by Gottfried Michael Koenig (Klangfiguren II, Essay,
Terminus), Jan Boerman (Kompositie 1972, Ruïne), Edgard Varèse (Poème
Électronique), Iannis Xenakis (Concret P-H), György Ligeti (Pièce
Électronique no.3, Artikulation), Luctor Ponse (Concerto voor Piano en
Since June 2005, Tazelaar is a visiting research fellow of the
University of Bath, UK, and as such a participant in the VEP (Virtual
Electronic Poem) project.
During the winter semester of 2005-2006, Kees Tazelaar filled the
Edgard Varèse guest professorship at the Technical University of Berlin.
Tazelaar contributed to Dick Raaymaker's Monography with the essay The Piece is Gray (2008).