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Alex van den Broek



Alex has a Masters with Distinction in Composition from the University of Canterbury and a Diploma in Jazz from CPIT Jazz School, majoring in Composition and Arranging. He is much in demand as a composer and arranger by many New Zealand performers and organisations.

Alex was the co-founder and musical director/conductor ('05-'09) of the Silencio Ensemble, a ten piece new music ensemble. Alongside many concerts in the Canterbury region they collaborated with the Christchurch Art Gallery to perform Art and Socialism ('08), and Listen/Rita ('09). Other creative projects have included Crossings with The Song Company, Still Standing Silent for the Body Festival and Totally Weill for the Christchurch Arts Festival. More recently Alex has completed commissions for other creative locals, Les Bon Vivant, Justin DeHart and Mark Menzies.

His latest project is another ensemble which he co-founded with fellow jazz explorer Tom Rainey, called Symposium Dectet.

Composed (17)

After Lilburn

for mixed chamber ensemble, 4m


for solo violin, 4m

Barbour St. Late Evening

for chamber orchestra

Burnt Yellow

for mixed chamber ensemble

Order 81

for percussion, 8m

Piano Piece (No. 2)

for solo piano, 9m

Piano Piece No. 3

for solo piano, 10m

Piece No. 3

for double bass and chamber ensemble, 7m

Piece No.4

for chamber septet, 7m

Reason Emotion

for clarinet in B flat, cello and trombone, 8m

Still Standing Silent

for four musicians and a contemporary dancer, 50m


for alto saxophone, 3m

The Trip

for SSA choir and piano, 3m 30s


for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano, 15m

White and Pink On Light Red 2

for chamber nonet, 8m

Why Can't I Sleep?

for 10-piece jazz ensemble, 6m

Wild Daisies

for SSA choir and piano, 2m 30s