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About

Composer of acoustic and electronic music ranging from soundtracks for commercial purposes to (contemporary) classical concert-music.

Benjamien Lycke is a Belgium/London based composer. His work includes many different styles and projects, ranging from soundtracks and arrangements for (award winning) short films, commercials and games (i.a. Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, Syndicate), over contemporary classical concert-music to full featured musicals/operas (three of which he conducted himself in the musical-theatre Capitole Ghent and the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall London) and from acoustic to electronic music. Recent and future engagements include writing for The Flemish Symphonic Orchestra, The Flemish National Classical Radio (Klara), Music Hall, Concertgebouw Brugge, The Chamber Players (BE), Kugoni Trio and many more. His music has been played all over the world from Europe to the USA and Japan.

He studied with David Anne and obtained both his Bachelor and Master in Music Composition at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Belgium) with Lucien Posman. As graduation project he wrote, composed and produced the opera ACUBENS which was broadcast on Belgian national television (VRT). In London he graduated as a postgraduate scholar in Composing for Screen at The Royal College of Music with Joseph Horovitz, Francis Shaw and Simon Holt.

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But I guess that’s the beauty with film and passion – you create your own luck in a sense and I was real lucky, that I found Benjamien Lycke, a composer who loved the film as much as I loved his work.

Youness Benali

http://directorsnotes.com

With creative peers he founded SynArt (http://synart.eu) , a non-profit organisation which has as its objective to create contemporary artworks (on-stage performances and concerts) through a synergy of different art forms.

This resulted into their first opera-like production: MONU a multimedia requiem of war, in context of the commemoration of World War 1 staged Concertgebouw Brugge (Belgium). With librettist and stage-director Mien Bogaert he has a long-standing collaboration on many projects. Together they wrote a chamber opera based on Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, which was premiered in London (Britten Theatre), directed by Bill Bankes-Jones and conducted by Lionel Friend. In the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg (Germany) they premiered CYCLOPS conducted by Justus Tennie, an opera inspired by the refugee crisis telling the story of a young Syrian refugee and a Bulgarian migrant hunter (based on true events). Mien also directed PUCK (London), a new composed opera by Benjamien Lycke and Mahlon Berv with libretto by Laura Attridge, based on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Benjamien is also involved as composer and visual programmer in performances by choreographer Talitha De Decker (Tinkling I, SNAP XL) continuing their fruitful collaboration from past projects as MONU and PUCK.

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“In the music of MONU I hear the influences of all musical languages of the past century. But that doesn’t matter because they dumbfound the establishment by staging an impressive gesamtkunstwerk like this.”

Kurt Van Eeghem

Klara (Belgian Classical Radio Station)

Services

As well as a freelance composer, Benjamien works as arranger, (session-)conductor, coach and producer for all kind of musical projects.

Besides his professional work as composer for media, studio, stage and concert halls, Benjamien is regularly involved in projects as conductor or coach for ensembles, choirs and amateur stage/musical societies. He has a master ‘diploma of teacher’ (University College Ghent, Belgium) and years of experience in teaching children to sing, read, perform and compose music.

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