Hub. Pittie

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After high school, Hub. Pittie (born in Geleen, 1950) studied at the conservatory in Maastricht, where he completed the studies of band conducting, school music and orchestra conducting. His teachers included Hubert Cardous, Martin Koekelkoren, Lucas Vis and Anton Kersjes. He also took courses in music pedagogy, choral conducting and music theoryin Salzburg, The Hague and Munich, where he got in contact with Sergiu Celibidache, who profoundly influenced his musical career.

He taught in primary schools, in secondary education and was a university teacher at the conservatory. Furthermore, he led an assistant conductor course at the music school in Beek (Limburg), where he was also director for several years.

As a conductor, he worked with various wind orchestras and choirs in South Limburg. He has conducted concerts in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. From 1994, he was music director at the Collegium Musicum of RWTH Aachen University. He has performed as guest conductor at the Royal Navy Band, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, the Serenade Chamber Orchestra from Yerevan (Armenia), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Bocholtz, the Heerlen Oratoriumvereniging, the Royal Male Choir Cecilia Vaals and the Mastreechter Staar.

The highlights of his musical career include winning the national championship for concert bands in 1st division in 1985 during the World Music Competition in Kerkrade, the performances of Mahler's 2nd Symphony in 2000 and his farewell concert with an impressive performance of Tippett's “A Child of Our Time” in 2015.

For his musical projects, he often chose rarely or never heard works by Gotkovsky, Kodály, Niël, Koshaba, Abdokov and Nelhybel.

After his retirement in 2015, he devoted himself as a collaborator to the re-edition of Alice Bailey's books on New Psychology.

Hub. Pittie is married and together with his wife Elly he has 5 children and 9 grandchildren, some of whom are active in the field of music and theater.