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date: 15 October 2019

Volans, Kevinlocked

  • Timothy D. Taylor


(b Pietermaritzburg, July 26, 1949). South African composer, naturalized Irish. A prodigiously talented pianist at an early age, he studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, graduating in 1972; he then went to Europe for postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen. From 1973 until 1981 he lived in Cologne where he was a pupil of Stockhausen at the Hochschule für Musik and, in 1975–6, his teaching assistant. He also studied music theatre with Kagel, the piano with Aloys Kontarsky, and electronic music with Johannes Fritsch. During this time he was associated with the Neue Einfachheit movement in West Germany. While studying electronic music at the Hoschschule für Musik from 1976 to 1979, Volans made four journeys to South Africa to record diverse kinds of African music for WDR. In 1981 he returned to South Africa for an extended stay to teach composition at the University of Natal, Durban, where he was awarded the DMus in ...

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