Awards & Quotes
"[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"
Rudolf Nammensma in LEEUWARDER COURANT, May 15th 2017
A project by Donemus, Nieuw Geneco and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
For the realization of an opera in 2019
"[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)
Malta International Composition Competition 2015
With: 3rd String Quartet, "First Movement"
"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
“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 […]”