Jeff Hamburg - Composer

"Hamburg’s music is a combination of intense lyricism, exuberant dance and instrumental finesse.
His is a many-facetted oeuvre that charms, surprises, moves one..."

Drs. Leo Samama
Visser-Neerlandia Music Prize
Jury Report

Jeff Hamburg, born in 1956 in Philadelphia, is a successful composer based in the Netherlands since 1978. His compositions range from chamber music, vocal, and orchestral to opera and music theater. Performances of his music in recent years include premieres in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam to BBC recordings to commissions for Australian Orchestras.

He studied acoustics and composition at the University of Illinois (BM), continuing his studies at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague (the Netherlands) with Louis Andriessen. In 1986, he received the Conservatory Prize for his composition studies. He also completed a degree in music education with the French Horn as his major at the Royal Conservatory. He continued his education at the Conservatory of Utrecht following conducting classes with David Porcelijn from 1987 to 1990. Many CDs of his music are available, including both orchestral works as well as chamber music. Hamburg was awarded the prestigious Visser-Neerlandia Music Prize 2002 for the quality of his oeuvre. 

In the beginning of 2008 he was elected chaiman of the board of Geneco, the Dutch composer's union and served until 2015. 

Hamburg lives in Amsterdam. He plays for the oldest chess club in the Netherlands, VAS.

He is now published by Deuss Music.



January 12
City Lights
Dongping Movie Center, Foshan, China
Henry Kelder

April 4
Song of Songs
Kerem Ensemble

May 7
Uncle Mendel's Ukrainian Blues
Bodenseefestival, Switzerland

May 13-14
Fagot centraal in Groningen

May 17
Uncle Mendel's Ukrainian Blues
Wolkensteinsaal, Konstanz, Germany, 19:00

De Wereld Draait Door

Portrait of Jeff Hamburg

Terpe, kind mains, terpe

Documentary about the composer's journey to Ukraine,
in search of his family's roots.