Michel van der Aa


October 2010

Klang! composer-in-residence

Klang!Network for new music in Hamburg

Hamburg’s Klang! network for new music has selected Michel van der Aa as its composer-in-residence for 2010–11.

As well as including lectures and masterclasses given by the composer, the season will feature four weekends focusing on Van der Aa’s chamber, ensemble and orchestral works, including the German premiere of his new piece for cello, string ensemble and film entitled Up-Close.

Established in 2008 by the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Klang! is one of 15 projects associated with Germany’s Netzwerk Neue Musik and unites ensembles, theatres, conservatories and other groups in innovative presentations of new music across the city (including a mobile Klang!-Container). Van der Aa follows Kaija Saariaho and George Aperghis as a Klang! composer-in-residence.


Michel van der Aa (Netherlands, 1970) is a truly multidisciplinary figure in contemporary music. A unique voice, he combines composition with film and stage direction, and script writing. Classical instruments, voices, electronic sound, actors, theatre and video are all seamless extensions of his musical vocabulary.

upcoming performances

  • 13 August 2017
    Blank Out (Swiss premiere)
    Miah Persson, soprano
    Roderick Williams (film), Nederlands Kamerkoor (film)
    Lucerne Festival
    4pm, KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 13 August 2017
    The Book of Disquiet (Swiss premiere)
    Walter Sigi Arnold, actor
    Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Alumni
    11am, Luzerner Theater, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 17 August 2017
    Up-close (Swiss premiere)
    Chamber Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy
    Jay Campbell, cello
    18.20 hrs, Luzerner Saal/KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland



  • New arrival; 4U Clouds. Made by @loudestwarning ❤️👾 New arrival; 4U Clouds. Made by @loudestwarning ❤️👾


  • the thing with playing guitar through an epic looping delay is that the fuckups also haunt you for ever 05 July 2017
  • and here am I covering Klaus Maria Brandauer in paper boats https://t.co/WarKXl6POv 04 July 2017
  • preparing "The Book of Disquiet" for Lucerne Festival. Came across these 'making of’ photos.… https://t.co/f16zqUmda9 04 July 2017

recent video


upclose TNSol Gabetta, cello. Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson
31:11 min.

recent audio


Editors Jonathan Reeder, Tim Rutherford-Johnson
Web-design Studio Lonne Wennekendonk
Realisation Martijn ten Napel & Kyver
Latest update 23 July 2017