Joey Roukens

Joey Roukens (born Schiedam, 28 March 1982) is a Dutch composer of contemporary classical music.

Roukens studied composition with Klaas de Vries[1] at the Rotterdam Conservatoire and psychology at Leiden University. Roukens also studied piano privately with Ton Hartsuiker. His works have been performed by, among others, the New European Ensemble (on Dutch National TV), the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nieuw Ensemble, the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet and Orkest de Volharding. His output includes orchestral works, ensemble works, chamber music and solo instrumental works.

In his music Roukens strives to move away from modernist dogmas in search for a more direct idiom in which present and past, diatonicism and chromaticism, tonality and atonality can coexist in a natural way. In doing so, he tries to be open to as many different kinds and styles of music as possible, whether it be new styles or old styles, high culture or vernacular culture, ‘serious’ or popular music, western music or non-western music.[1][2] For a long time, Roukens has also been active in pop music.


  1. Grijp, Louis (2006). "IJkjaar 2000". Een muziekgeschiedenis der Nederlanden: een vervolg, 2000-2005. Amsterdam University Press. p. 920. ISBN 978-90-5356-903-0. Een ander jeugdig talent is Joey Roukens (Schiedam, 1982), leerling van Klaas de Vries. Roukens' combinatie van een veelheid van oude en nieuwe, westerse en oosterse stijlen, waaronder popmuziek, en een open mind voor multimediale presentatie, is typisch voor zijn generatie.
  2. Wennekes, Emile (2003). "Rotterdamse Muziek: idioom of ideaal?". Ons Erfdeel (1): 112. Onder hen de talentvolle Joey Roukens die in zijn muziek even eenvoudig tegen Bach als tegen popmuziek aanschurkt.

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