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"Hjerstdei" for clarinet (B♭), 2 violas, 2 violins and cello (2019).
Composition commissioned by Kamermuziek Festival Franeker. Duration: 5 minutes. Premiere on November 1, 2019 by former (co)principals of the European Union Youth Orchestra: Gerbrich Meijer (clarinet), Sofie van der Schalie (viola), Clément Holvoet (viola), Mathieu van Bellen (violin), Charlotte MacClure (violin) and Dana de Vries (cello).

A version for clarinet and piano is available as well.

"Sweet Dreams and a Wake-Up Call" for oboe and string orchestra (2019)
A piece composed for Anna Marieke Zijlstra's oboe exam at the Royal Conservatory The Hague in May 2019. Duration: 8 minutes. Here's a later performance by Anna Marieke and a project orchestra conducted by Boudewijn Jansen:

A version for oboe and piano is available as well.

"Who is my neighbour" for mixed choir a capella (2018)
The piece retells the parable of the good Samaritan. Duration: 6 minutes. The premiere took place in December 2018 by a project choir conducted by Boudewijn Jansen.

Four Songs for female or male voice and strings (2017)
Lyrics: Kahlil Gibran and others. Duration: about 20 minutes. The premiere took place in March 2017 by Carina Vinke and the North Sea Ensemble (principal string players of the European Union Youth Orchestra).

Here's a performance of one of the songs,Your children are not your children, by Carina Vinke. Other performers of this song include Nina van Essen and Eva Kroon.

A version for voice and piano is available as well.

Reclaim Childhood for solo bassoon and orchestra (2017)
"Reclaim Childhood" is a symphonic story for solo bassoon and symphony orchestra about a sequence of experiences: an intially happy childhood, anxiety as an omen of future events, the occurrence of a violent event, coping with the event. It is composed as a part of a fundraising endeavor for "Reclaim Childhood", a non-profit organization that supports girls from war areas in the Middle East through sports programs in Amman, Jordan. Duration: 16 minutes. The premiere took place by Noortje van Doorn and the Reclaim Childhood Orchestra conducted by Boudewijn Jansen on December 17, 2017. Here are some excerpts:

A version for bassoon and piano is available as well.

The Path for mixed choir, alto (or baritone) voice and orchestra (2016)
Lyrics: Dag Hammarskj÷ld. Duration: 21 minutes. The premiere took place in August 2016 by a choir and orchestra conducted by Boudewijn Jansen. Alto soloist was Inger Eske Tibben. The Path has also been performed by the Wageningen Student Choir and Orchestra Association WSKOV (with Eske Tibben) conducted by Krista Audere.

Arco Iris for violin and string orchestra (2014)
Duration: 8 minutes. Arco Iris has been performed more than forty times in various countries (The Netherlands, France, Austria, Hungary) by various solists (Amarins Wierdsma (including the premiere), Eline de Vries, Romy Uijttenboogaart, Bruno van Esseveld) and string orchestras (Autunno Ensemble, Haydn Youth String Orchestra, Britten Youth String Orchestra, Vignolle Ensemble). In May 2016 a performance by Amarins Wierdsma and the Autunno Ensemble conducted by Marien van Staalen was live broadcast on Dutch public classical radio. Arco Iris was a mandatory piece in the 2016 Britten Violin Competition.

A version for violin and piano is available as well.

Cello Concerto - Life Cycle Impressions (2013)
The Cello Concerto is a piece with theatrical elements. Instrumentation: solo cello and solo electric cello, clarinet in E♭, 2 clarinets in B♭, bass clarinet (B♭), bassoon, contrabassoon, snare drum, timpani, and string orchestra. Duration: 19 minutes.

The Cello Concerto was premiered by Dana de Vries (co-principal cellist of the European Union Youth Orchestra) and the Autunno Ensemble conducted by Marien van Staalen in September 2014. It has also been performed by Marinke Visser and ConSquenza chamber orchestra conducted by Mikko Väänänen.

A version for cello and piano is available as well.

Introduction and Etude Capriccioso for 4 violas (2011) or 4 violins (2017)
A virtuoso quartet for ambitious players. The first performance took place at Gisella Bergman's 2013 Viola Summer Course.

Stringles for string orchestra (2010)
Stringles, originally composed as an encore, was premiered in November 2011 by the Autunno Ensemble conducted by Marien van Staalen. Stringles has also been played by the Fancy Fiddlers, the Vignolle Ensemble, Musica Montana, and het Nederlands Strijkers Gilde.


Astor Piazzolla, Fuga y Misterio
Arranged for string orchestra (from a version for violin, bandoneon, and piano). Performed by the Vignolle Ensemble in May/June 2015.

Johannes Brahms, Clarinet Sonata, opus 120, no. 2
Arranged for clarinet and string orchestra (originally for clarinet and piano). Performed by Diederik Ornée and the Autunno Ensemble in November 2014. Listen to an excerpt.

Robert Schumann, Romanze, opus 28, no. 2
Arranged for string orchestra (originally for piano). Listen to a performance by the Autunno Ensemble conducted by Marien van Staalen, November 2013.


Peter Kooreman (Zutphen, 1955) studied viola with Pierre van der Schaaf, Gert Jan Leuverink, and Andrew Sparrow. He was principal viola player in the Dutch National Youth Orchestra and member of the World Youth Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta. He opted for a career in academia, but remained active as a viola player. In 2011 Peter made his composition debut.


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