Awards & Quotes
"Quite an achievement", about 'First Movement', my Third String Quartet, with which I won the third prize in the Malta International Composition Competition 2015.
Prof. John M. Kennedy, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY,
LOS ANGELES (2015)
"[On the two 2019 releases by Aliud Records] "Amongst them Sipke Hoekstra; Colori performs his Sonatina, Holtrop his Bop Toccata. Both works reveal fresh insights and daring structures and are performed with lots of flair."
Rudolf Nammensma in
November 28th 2019
"[On the 2019 Colori-release by Aliud Records] "[...] the playfull, transparent Sonatina for flute,oboe and marimba by Sipke Hoekstra [...]"
Gerard Scheltens in KLASSIEKE ZAKEN,
6th issue of 2019
"[This commission] resulted in Spectrum a 4, consisting of three contrasting parts, which premiered yesterday. After an opening movement full of moods and colours almost changing manically, with an at times hammering piano on a sub-surface which radiated nervousness, rest dominated.
The last movement resembled dancing photons, leading into a strong finale. Whoever thought to have found certainty, would find themselves surprised - for example by a compositional technique changing itself - and would soon find the musical course to be different than expected. Intriguing."
"[The composer] knows how to write in an idiomatic way for the instruments chosen, where especially playability and soundcombinations stand out. The composer commands different styles, which is, according to the committee, evidence of craftsmanship."
Positive Advice Music Committee FONDS PODIUMKUNSTEN
The Dutch National Fund for Performing Arts
(July 2nd 2018)
“It’s very clear that Hoekstra got his inspiration from Mozart, to whose music the piece [2nd String Quartet] is related. He must have had a great deal of fun elaborating on the “Leitmotiv’, which had haunted him for some time, turning it into this very appealing composition. Merry, colourful, rhythmical, musical and interesting from the start till the end. Sometimes the Quartet played this piece even with more enthusiasm than the other performed pieces […]”
'JPD', for the
GERBEN RYPMA FOUNDATION GAZETTE
Rudolf Nammensma in
May 15th 2017
Malta International Composition Competition 2015
Bronze Medal for 'First Movement'
Akoesticum Prize 2015
received for the performance of Saga, for Orchestra
Compose4you (2018) (fund by Donemus, Nieuw Geneco and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) for writing an opera
Provincial Composition Grant Frisia (2018) for writing an opera