Michel van der Aa

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December 2004

Matthijs Vermeulen Price for One

OneBarbara Hannigan in One

Michel van der Aa has received the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize 2004 for his chamber opera One. The prestigious Dutch composition prize, which amounts to EUR 7,500, is awarded every year for a significant new musical work.

One, composed in 2002 for soprano, video and sound track, was premiered on 12 January 2003 by Barbara Hannigan in the Amsterdam Frascati Theatre and has since been performed in various cities across the Netherlands and at festivals in Zagreb, St. Petersburg, Berlin, Paris, Warsaw, Cracow, Oslo and Budapest. As in van der Aa’s other works, the subject matter is the confrontation with, and alienation of, one’s own existence. Projected images and electronic sounds add emphasis to the stage performance of the protagonist, while recorded tracks and live elements play against each other in virtuoso fashion.

The Matthijs Vermeulen Prize was given to Michel van der Aa on 10 December 2004 in the Utrecht music centre ‘Vredenburg’. To mark the occasion, the violinist Maaike Aarts performed his composition Memo (2003) for violin and portable cassette player.

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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

  • 04 June 2019
    Eight (world premiere)
    Virtual Reality installation. Kate Miller-Heidke, Nederlands Kamerkoor
    Runs from 4-23 June.
    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, BAM zaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 07 June 2019
    akin (North American premiere)
    Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
    Otto Tausk, conductor
    Nicholas Wright, violin. Harriet Krijgh, cello
    Orpheum, Vancouver, Canada
  • 08 June 2019
    akin
    Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
    Otto Tausk, conductor
    Nicholas Wright, violin. Harriet Krijgh, cello
    Orpheum, Vancouver, Canada

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Eight - teaser

eightvirtual reality installation ft. Kate Miller-Heidke
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Latest update 17 May 2019