In November 1945 founder Walter Maas had a spontaneous flash of inspiration which sowed the seeds of the Gaudeamus Foundation. Since then, fundamental to the musical progress of the Netherlands has been Gaudeamus’ unwavering encouragement of national and international composers, sound innovators and interpreters: explore, experiment, be critical, discover and keep going. Attempts that are considered ‘failed’ are just as important as successful ones, after all. Though successes there were too: iconic pieces such as Poème Symphonique by György Ligeti, One by Michel van der Aa and On Taoism by Tan Dun had their premiere at Gaudeamus.
On this anniversary page, the over 75-year-old Gaudeamus offers a glimpse into its turbulent past, the unexpected present and the unknown future. Curious to see what other treasures our archive holds? Check out the online inventory.