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

  • 19 April 2017
    The Tempest
    Polish National Ballet. Choreography by Krzysztof Pastor
    Dance Open Festival, St Petersburg, Russia
  • 13 May 2017
    Blank Out (German premiere)
    Katherine Manley, soprano
    Roderick Williams (film), Nederlands Kamerkoor (film)
    Orangerie Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany
  • 17 June 2017
    Attach (Israel premiere)
    Israel contemporary players
    Ed Spanjaard, conductor
    9pm, Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel


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Violin Concerto (excerpt)

Violin concerto TNJanine Janssen, violin
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski
2:33 min. excerpt

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