Bio

[*1994] - a classical composer at heart, although nurtured on pop & dance music, literature & theatre. I’m either an optimist who embraces the worst in things or a very positive pessimist.

As a composer, I am fascinated by what music, especially in combination with text, is able to tell, and how it need not be bound to a single genre, but can encapsulate all the kinds of different influences going on inside of it. As such, my pieces are always above all expressions of vitality, of a thrust through life without compromise.

The darker side to this – derailment, contamination – has proved to be recurring motive in my body of work. In the darker corners lies so much wonder, curiosity , beauty and pain that it would be a pity not to seize every opportunity to explore them [conceptually, politically, aesthetically].

Recently - subtly proudly - finished both a Bachelor of Music in composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with a 10/10 and a Bachelor of Arts in Dutch literature at Leiden University.

2016
graduated from BMus Composition cum laude

2015-2016          
winner of the 1st prize and audience award at the International Composition Competition Harelbeke, Belgium [with (un)mensch]

2013                
runner-up in Calefax PAN composition competition

2012-2016          
BMus Composition, Conservatorium van Amsterdam [Joël Bons, Willem Jeths]

2011-2016          
BA Dutch Language and Culture at Leiden University

2011-2012          
Royal Conservatoire, The Hague [Martijn Padding, Calliope Tsoupaki]

2011                  
first prize in the CoMA Maastricht Composition Competition

2010-2011          
preperatory year Piano at Fontys Conservatorium, Tilburg [Jelena Bazova]

2008-2010          
Composition at YMA, Fontys Conservatorium, Tilburg [Kees Schoonenbeek]

1994                  
born in Haaren, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands