Joep Franssens


Joep Franssens (1955) studied composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and continued his studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory, where, in 1988, he concluded his study period with the Composition Prize.


Although Franssens’ multifaced musical style does not make it easy to classify him, he is often regarded as the Dutch representative of the so called New Spirituality in the Netherlands. In his music Franssens aims to express the Universal; his sources of inspiration are to be found amongst writers and philosophers like Fernando Pessoa and Baruch de Spinoza. In a rich tonal language his music evokes strong emotions by the public, both unacquainted with contemporary classical music as well as specialised listeners. In 2004 the recording of his major choral work Harmony of the Spheres reached the seventh rank of the classical charts in The Netherlands.

Franssens’ music has been performed globally. He has worked with choirs such as the Swedish Radio Choir, BBC Singers, Latvian National State Choir, Finnish Radio Chamber Choir and Netherlands Chamber Choir. The latter took Franssens’ music on tour through Europe and the USA in 2000 and 2001, led by the Estonian conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. Multi-laureate pianist Ralph van Raat has his music on his repertoire since 2000. The first movement of the cycle Harmony of the Spheres has been selected for the ISCM days in Maribor (Slovenia) in September 2003, performed by the BBC Singers conducted by Stephen Betteridge. In the fall of 2012 this work sees its 100th performance by Sinfonia Rotterdam and Conrad van Alphen. The complete cycle is staged again in the fall of 2014 by the Croatian Radio-Television Choir (HRT-choir) with conductor Tonči Bilić.

Well-known conductors like Yakov Kreizberg, Tõnu Kaljuste, Lucas Foss, Gerd Albrecht, Vasily Petrenko, and Daniel Raiskin performed his works with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra, Latvian National State Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. He received commissions from, amongst others, Rotterdam Art Foundation, Eduard van Beinum Foundation, De Doelen, Dutch Radio (ZaterdagMatinee), SNS Reaal Fund and Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, which gave the world premiere of Bridge of Dawn (Second Movement) in Spring 2013.


2015 he received the culture prize ‘Het Gouden Viooltje’ (The Golden Violin), an award earmarked for outstanding musical talent, born in the Dutch Northern provinces with an international career. He is the composer of the multi-awards winning dance-opera film Symmetry ( 2015) by Ruben van Leer.



CV84 Joep Franssens - Joep Franssens album art Joep Franssens Joep Franssens(CD, Album) Donemus, Composers' Voice CV84 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
CV 133 Joep Franssens - Harmony Of The Spheres album art Joep Franssens Harmony Of The Spheres(CD, Album) Composers' Voice CV 133 Netherlands 2003 Sell This Version
none Joep Franssens - Harmony Of The Spheres (Version 2010) album art Joep Franssens Harmony Of The Spheres (Version 2010)(CD, Album) Not On Label none Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
KTC 1533 Joep Franssens - Piano Works: The Gift Of Song / Winter Child album art Joep Franssens - Ralph van Raat Joep Franssens - Ralph van Raat - Piano Works: The Gift Of Song / Winter Child(CD, Album) Etcetera (3) KTC 1533 Netherlands 2015 Sell This Version


CV 65 Joep Franssens - Echo's, Phasing, Sanctus album art Joep Franssens Echo's, Phasing, Sanctus(CD) Donemus, Donemus Jubilee Series CV 65 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version