Rudi Tas was born in Aalst in 1957. He earned a number of diplomas at the Royal Conservatories in Brussels and Ghent in both instrumental and theoretical subjects. His studies were rounded off with a final diploma in composition (magna cum laude) under Roland Coryn. To begin with, Rudi Tas was mainly active as a concert organist and a choral conductor but he subsequently concentrated on a career as a composer. At present, Rudi Tas combines his many composition commissions with his duties as a teacher of theory and organ in the music education system.
Various works by Rudi Tas have won prizes in both national and international composition competitions. In 1979, he was a prize-winner at the Nausikaä Composition Competition for vocal music, in 1988 he won the chamber-music prize of the Flemish Mediatheque, in 1989 the Flor Baron Peeters Prize for organ composition, in 1992 the Provincial Prize of East Flanders and in 1993 the B.A.P. prize awarded by Sabam (Belgian artists’ rights organisation). In 1992 his Symphonia da Requiem for soprano solo, speaker, solo choir, mixed choir and orchestra was nominated for the European AGEC prize, and in 1996 a Swiss jury awarded him this prestigious prize for his choral work Flowers of life. In May of 1998 he took first prize at the international composition competition in Tours for his La chanson d’Eve. Finally, his Sonata for violin and piano won the Jef Van Hoof Prize in 2001.
- K. THEWISSEN, Rudi Tas in de kijker, in Even Aanzoemen, nr.6, nov.-dec 1996
- K. UVIN, String Quartet, in memoriam Pau Casals, for his 125th birthday, in Muziek en Woord, 351, 2003
©2005 Delphine Mandart, for Flanders Music Centre and MATRIX
Selectieve discografie als componist
|Aus der Tiefe (2014)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Musa Horti, Peter Dejans, Eric Whitacre, Sven-David Sandström, Kurt Bikkembergs, Raymond Schroyens, Rudolf Mauersberger, Vic Nees (...)
|Tas Rudi - Choral Works (1993)
Musa Horti, Rudi Tas, Peter Dejans, Hilde Venken
|The Flemish Radio Choir - Vic Nees (1992)
Vlaams Radio Koor (VRK), Roland Coryn, Herman Roelstraete, Vic Nees, Luc Goosen, Rudi Tas, Vic Nees