- Helen Metzelaar
(b Amsterdam, Aug 8, 1959). Dutch composer. She studied flute with Abbie de Quant at the Utrecht Conservatory, graduating in 1986, and composition with Joep Straesser (1983–8). In 1989 she won the composition prize from the Utrecht Conservatory. She has subsequently received a number of national and international awards. She currently teaches the flute at the Utrecht Conservatory. In 1992, together with the composer Catharina van Rennes, she was the subject of a documentary on Dutch television.
Her compositional output is considerable and ranges from chamber works to orchestral and choral works, many of which have been performed by leading Dutch soloists and ensembles. Her composing technique is expressive, often characterized by lyrical melodies, and does not eschew tonality. Her vocal works show a wide range of poetical sources, from ancient Greek texts to Paul Celan and contemporary Dutch writers, and often reflect her hatred of social injustice. Her dramatic monologue ...