De Smet, Raoul
Raoul De Smet is an established Belgian composer living in Antwerp, seaport.
He started composing as an self-taught composer before taking private lessons with August Verbesselt (Conservatory Antwerp), Ton de Leeuw (Conservatory Amsterdam), Lucien Goethals (electroacustic music in IPEM studio in Ghent).
After being initially influenced by the music of Bartok, Webern and the great masters of musical history,his musical language has progressed into a personal post-modernistic style, wherein harmonic ambiguity and polystylism are important ingredients.
His oeuvre contains more than 200 works covering a large scala of genres: symphonic works (three symphonies), concerti (violin, cello, saxophone, accordion, piano), big band, two chamber operas (one about terrorisme), an oratorio (Way of the Cross), vocal music for choir and solo voice, chamber music for different combinations (four stringquartets, trombonequintet) and solo pieces for all kind of instruments (f.e. 15 etudes for the advanced pianist).
Works have been performed in nearly all European countries and also in Brasil, Canada, USA, Mexico, Iran, South-Korea and China by great performers such as Siegfried Palm, Fernando Grillo, Guido Arbonelli, Harry Sparnaay, Hans de Jong, Ludo Mariën, Paul Dombrecht, Jenny Spanoghe, Robert Szreder, Mark Drobinsky, Ivan Ergiev, José Eduardo Martins and by several ensembles.
In 1995 he was awarded the FUGA TROFEE by the Union of Belgian Composers.
His music has been broadcasted by different radiostations in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Rumania, Ucraine and Alberta/Canada.
Recordings on Alpha (B), Cassa Nova (NL), Digi Classics (B), Rivo Alto (It), Eclectra (Can), Phaedra (B).
More information: Grove’s Dictionary, International Who’s Who in Music (Vol.1), Kunstenpunt Vlaanderen.