[*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.


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

studies in Berlin (aborted)

graduated from BMus Composition cum laude

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

runner-up in Calefax PAN composition competition

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

BA Dutch Language and Culture at Leiden University

Royal Conservatoire, The Hague [Martijn Padding, Calliope Tsoupaki]

first prize in the CoMA Maastricht Composition Competition

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

Composition at YMA, Fontys Conservatorium, Tilburg [Kees Schoonenbeek]

born in Haaren, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands