VIDEO PODCAST: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
The Dutch composer, pianist, writer, activist and designer Peter Schat was born in Utrecht on 5 June 1935.
He studied with Henk Stam, Kees van Baaren, Mátyás Seiber and Pierre Boulez, was a member of the young composers' group Notenkrakers and developed the Tone Clock - a simple method of creating atonal harmony. He won the Gaudeamus International Composers Award in 1957.
He was one of the co-founders of STEIM (the studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam in February 1969, and also a member of Provo, a group of activists who tried to provoke violent responses from the authorities using non-violent means. Also in 1969 he was part of the notorious notenkrakersactie (Nutcracker action) protest in which a group of young composers interrupted a Concertgebouw Orchestra concert, demanding an open discussion on music policy.
Peter Schat died from cancer in Amsterdam on Monday 3 February 2003, aged sixty-seven.