Jan Van der Roost




Jan Van der Roost became triple laureate of the Lemmens Institute (now LUCA School of Arts, Leuven), where he followed Conservatoire and Music Education. In addition to the Teaching Diploma, he obtained first prizes for solfège, harmony, counterpoint, trombone and music history. The theoretical training was completed with a first prize in fugue at the Royal Conservatoire of Ghent. At the Royal Flemish Music Conservatoire of Antwerp, he obtained first prizes for choral conducting and composition.


Until 2016, Van der Roost taught counterpoint, fugue, orchestration and composition at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven and was the institute’s conductor of the wind orchestra. He is also guest professor at Senzoku Gakuen in Kawasaki and guest professor emeritus at Nagoya University of Arts. He has been invited as a guest at music institutes in Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Austria, Canada, the USA, Luxembourg, Scotland, Brazil, Venezuela, Latvia, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Spain and Thailand.

International juror and conductor

Jan Van der Roost is a much sought-after adjudicator, guest lecturer and guest conductor: his musical activities have taken him to over 50 countries on 4 continents.


His works can be found on CD labels such as EMI Classics, Sony Classical, Naxos, Toshiba, Aliud Records, Phaedra Records, Navona Records, Aeolus, Fontec, etc. and performers as the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (RU), the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra (VE), the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (CA), the Slovakian Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg (L), the Kristiansand Chamber Orchestra (N), the Sofia Soloists (BG), the Polish Radio Choir, Tokyo Philharmonic (J), the Salzburg Soloists (AT), the brass players of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (USA), the Gothenborg Symphony Orchestra (SE) and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (NL), the Orchestra Sinfonico di San Remo (I), Janacek Sinfonietta (CZ), The King's Singers (UK), the Tallinn Philharmonic (EST), the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and many others. Furthermore, most Belgian professional ensembles have also performed and/or recorded his music. 


So far, Jan Van der Roost has composed more than 150 very diverse works in which music for wind instruments has a special place. His music is performed worldwide and most of his works are recorded (radio, TV and/or CD). A number of titles are on the programmes of renowned performers all over the world. To date, he has received commissions from Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Taiwan, Finland, Croatia, Hungary, the USA, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Sweden, Singapore, etc. 

Choral works (selection)

  • Amor, Io Fallo for mixed choir, published by Euprint, 2019.
  • Erano I Capei d'Oro for female voices, published by Euprint, 2019.
  • Pace non trovo for male voices, published by Euprint, 2019.
  • Il Bucaneve, for children's choir, published by EMJ, 2008, published by Euprint, 2018.
  • Soneto Amoroso, for mixed choir, published by EMJ, 2012, Euprint, 2018.
  • Nativitas Christmas Suite, for mixed choir, soprano solo ad libitum and chamber orchestra (or organ), published by Euprint, 2017.
  • Ik ben blij met jou for children's choir and piano, published by Euprint, 2016.
  • Es war Einmal (Once upon a time), Singspiel for children's choir (narrators and actors ad libitum) and wind orchestra (or piano), published by de Haske, 2014.
  • Of Moon And Sun, for mixed choir and piano, published by Centrum voor Vocale Muziek, 2011, available from Koor&Stem.
  • Contemplations for mixed choir and organ, published by Centrum voor Vocale Muziek, 2011, available from Koor&Stem.
  • Rorate Coelifor mixed choir, available from Choral Music from Flanders, 2009.
  • Coventry Carol (in Joy to the world) for mixed choir and instrumental ensemble ad libitum available from Beriato i.s.m. Koor&Stem, 2009.
  • A Year Has Four Lives, for three equal voices and guitar, published by Euprint, 2006.
  • Beata Viscera for mixed choir, published by Koor&Stem, 2005, available from Koor&Stem.
  • Ecce Mundi Gaudia, christmas suite for children's choir, flute and harp, published by Euprint, 1994.
  • Met Annie in Toverland, children's choir and instrumental ensemble, published by De Notenboom, 1991, available from Koor&Stem.
  • Jaargang, for mixed choir and piano, published by Centrum voor Vocale Muziek, 1988, available from Koor&Stem.
  • Carmen Amoris, cantate for mixed choir, soprano and bariton solo with chamber orchestra, published by Centrum voor Vocale Muziek, available from Koor&Stem.

Discover I Colori della Gioia, published by Aliud Records, 2018, a cd full of vocal works by Jan Van der Roost.

Playlist Jan Van der Roost @Choral Music from Flanders
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