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].

I love working with instruments as well as electronics, always trying to bring a slightly crooked edge to the materials I work with, and try to be as involved as possible with the musicians. The joy of making music is the constant communication with musicians, the audience and collaborators.

In 2016 I - subtly proudly - finished both a Bachelor of Music in composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where I studied with Joel Bons and Willem Jeths, with a 10/10 and a Bachelor of Arts in Dutch literature at Leiden University. I went on to study in Berlin, but this proved not to be the right destination for me, and I had to reconsider.

I took guest lessons with, among others, Carola Bauckholt and Olga Neuwirth, which I am greatly thankful for. I'm working on two exciting projects now - cōnflārī, a piece for cello, piano and organ for Doris Hochscheid, Gonny van der Maten and Frans van Ruth which will tour the Netherlands in 2019. And a strings-&-harp adagio for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to accompany Mahler's 9th Symphony during the Mahler Festival 2020.

 

2019-2020
'cōnflārī' tours through the Netherlands, commission from Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and more in the works...

2017-2018
studies in Berlin (aborted)

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