Benediction from Daniel Schroyens on Vimeo.

Based on a poem by James Berry
Soprano: Ann De Renais
Piano: Daniel Schroyens


Daniël Schroyens, born 04.05.1961 in Mechelen, Belgium, received early training in piano, harpsichord and chamber music at his local Music Academy, and had private composition tuition with Wilfried Westerlinck. He subsequently studied at Trinity College of Music, London (1979-84) - piano with Joseph Weingarten, composition with Antonin Tučapsky - and upon graduating attended the 1984 Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, Mass. as a Fellow in Composition, where his tutors included John Harbison, Theodore Antoniou and Gunther Schuller; this experience steered him toward a compositional career.

After a brief period back in Belgium, in which he gained diplomas in various academic subjects at Brussels and Ghent Conservatoires, he settled in London permanently from 1986. Here he rounded off his compositional education with a post-graduate course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Simon Bainbridge and Robert Saxton (‘91-93).

He has enjoyed broadcasts of his works on Belgian Radio and was recipient of several awards, such as the Yehudi Menuhin and Lutoslawski Prizes (U.K.) and the Tenuto Prize (Belgian Radio and Television).

Daniël Schroyens lectured in the Music Studies department at GSMD, London from 1999 to 2009 and taught harmony, counterpoint and tonal composition at Clare, Christ’s and St Catharine’s Colleges, Cambridge, from 2007 to 2011.

He currently teaches piano and composition privately.

works list
  1. Five pieces for piano (1975) – piano solo 5'
    1st performance: Robert Groslot, piano
  2. Boeket (1979) – song cycle for mezzo-soprano, flute and piano 20'
    Texts: Bart Mesotten, Frederik Van Eeden, Bertus Aafjes, Jan Hanlo, Raymond Schroyens
    1st performance: BRT Studio 1, Flageyplein, Brussels 8.10.1980 – Biënnale v/d Belgische Muziek,
    EUROPALIA 1980; Lucienne Van Deyck, mezzo-soprano; Roland Vanden Berghe, flute;
    Robert Groslot, piano
  3. Chanson (1982) – violin and piano 3'
    1st performance: Brussels; Jenny Spanoghe, violin; André De Groote, piano
  4. Poema (1982) – 12 solo strings 9'
    1st performance: Theatre Concert Hall, Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, Mass. 29.7.1984
    Tanglewood Student Ensemble, cond. Theodore Antoniou
  5. Suhail (1987) – chamber orchestra with soprano obbligato 15'
    1st performance: 'Week v/d Hedendaagse Muziek’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent; 10.2.1988
    Beatrijs De Vos, soprano; De Nieuwe-muziekgroep; cond. Mark De Smet
  6. Prélude non-mesuré (1988) – piano solo 6'
    publ. CeBeDeM
    1st performance: Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London 24.9.1992; Daniël Schroyens, piano
  7. Fresco (1990) – symphony orchestra 1'
    1st performance: Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels 6.11.1990;
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders; cond. Nicolas Cleobury
  8. Dance Choreography (1992) – sampled sounds 5'34"
    1st performance of soundtrack: The Place Theatre, London 28.5.1992
    • Kwintet (1993) – piano and string quartet
      publ. CeBeDeM
      1st performance: Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London 5.2.1993
      Steven Neugarten, piano; Myee Clohessy & Fiona McNaught, violins;
      Katy Ridley, viola; Laura McPheeters, cello
    • In Close Accord (1999) – 2 pianos
      1st performance: A.DEvant-Garde Festival, Munich 11.6.1999;
      Moritz Eggert & Martin Zehn, pianos
  9. Benediction (1994) – high voice and piano 4'
    Text: James Berry
    1st performance: Continuum Ensemble, Hinde Street Church, London W1; 17.4.1997
    Linda MacLeod, soprano; Philip Headlam, piano
  10. The Night Will Never Stay (1997) – high voice and piano 5'
    Text: Eleanor Farjeon
    1st performance: Continuum Ensemble, London 17.4.1997:
    Linda Macleod, soprano; Daniël Schroyens, piano
  11. On a Crest of Liquid Silence (1997) – symphony orchestra 17'
    1st performance: Lakenhalle, Ieper 15.12.1997;
    Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, cond. Fabrice Bollon
  12. Berceuse (1997) – piano solo 6'
    publ. Lantro Music
    1st performance: Joan Vandenhoutezaal, Gravensteen, Ghent 20.11.1997;
    Erwin Deleux, piano