JacobTV (Jacob ter Veldhuis, Westerlee, 1951) started his musical career as a rock musician. At the Conservatory of Groningen he studied composition with Willem Frederik Bon and electronic music with Luctor Ponse. When graduating in 1980, he was awarded the Prize for Composition. In the following years he attracted attention with two symphonies and works such as Insonnia, Drei Stille Lieder and Diverso il Tempo. Besides, he earned a living by writing film scores and music for the clown of Circus Krone. In 1984, he became a full-time composer and started a long search for a voice of his own. JacobTV does not connect with the avant-garde and he does not feel at home in the rock and jazz scene.
Jacob ter Veldhuis was born on November 14, 1951 in Westerlee (Groningen, Netherlands).
Dutch “avant pop” composer JacobTV started as a rock musician and studied flute, horn, percussion, piano and music education (AMV) at the Conservatory in Groningen. Besides, Jacob studied composition with Willem Frederik Bon and electronic music with Luctor Ponse.
During his studies, Jacob worked in a music library and as a music teacher.
After his graduation, he became a full time composer and soon made a name for himself with melodious compositions, straight from the heart and with great effect. “I pepper my music with sugar,” he says.
The press has called him the “Andy Warhol of new music” and his “coming-out” as a composer of ultra-tonal, mellifluous music reached its climax with the video oratorio ‘Paradiso‘ (2001) based on Dante’s Divina Commedia. In the last 2 decades, JacobTV’s so-called “boombox” works, for live instruments with a grooving sound track based on speech melody, became internationally popular. In 2007 an anthology of his work on CD/DVD was released at a three-day JacobTV festival at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. JacobTV is still considered an “outlaw” in new music, whose work “makes many a hip-hop artist look sedate” (Wall Street Journal). He started a never ending reality opera ‘THE NEWS’ which is constantly updated and performed by ensembles in Chicago, Rome, Amsterdam, LA, Hamburg New York and the Netherlands.
His main works include: ‘Rainbow-‘, ‘Tallahatchie-‘, ‘Tipperary-‘ and ‘Goldrush- Concertos‘, video oratorio ‘Paradiso‘, ‘Mountain Top‘, 2nd Pianoconcerto ‘Sky Falling’, ‘NOW’, ‘String Quartets 1,2 & 3‘, ‘Drei Stille Lieder‘, ‘Diverso il Tempo‘, ‘Laws of Science‘, ‘Grab it!’, ‘Heartbreakers’, ‘Buku’, ‘Jesus is coming’, ‘May this Bliss never end’, ‘the Body of your Dreams’, ‘Les Soupirs de Rameau’, ‘Cities change the Songs of Birds’, ‘THE NEWS’, ‘Postnuclear Winterscenario‘, ‘Nivea Hair Care Styling Mousse’, ‘Cheese Cake’, ‘Lipstick‘.
JacobTV was performed by The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Russian State Academy, the Düsseldorf Symfoniker, the Metropole Orchestra, Nederlandse Reisopera and by soloists such as Branford Marsalis, James Galway, Evelyn Glennie, Ronald Brautigam, Loire, Nora Fischer, Arno Bornkamp, Kevin Gallagher, Margaret Lancaster, Claron McFadden, Thomas Allen, Andrew Russo, Robert Buckland, Kathy Supove, Masanori Oishi, and ensembles like ASKO-Schönberg, Het Nederlands Kamerkoor, Electra, Electric Kompany, Ethel, Fulcrumpoint, Quasar, E.A.R. Unit, Real Quiet, Onyx-, Ruysdael-, Aurelia-, Prism- and New Century Quartet, Safri Duo, Calefax, Nederlandse Reisopera, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Fulcrumpoint, De Volharding, Fireworks, Gending, Combustion Chamber, Glass Farm & Fifth House Ensemble and many others. Choreographers Hans van Manen, Nanine Linning, Annabel Lopez-Ochoa, Dominique Dumais, Johan Inger and others have created ballets on his music in productions for the Nederlands Danstheater, Het Nationaal Ballet, Introdans, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam etc.
Jacob ter Veldhuis won the Composition Prize of the Netherlands in 1980. Furthermore, he was the first to receive the BUMA Classical Award, as the best Dutch classical export product in 2015.