Michel van der Aa


May 2006

Musical portrait at Holland Festival

One stageOne, Barbara Hannigan & Sheila Wiersum

The Holland Festival will feature composer Michel van der Aa in a two-week musical portrait, with four key works being performed in venues throughout Amsterdam. In addition to the world premiere of After Life, the ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble will perform the complete Here Trilogy in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on June 6 and the chamber opera One returns to Amsterdam for its final performances after a successful eleven-country tour. Michel van der Aa’s most recent work, Imprint, will receive its Netherlands premiere on June 3 in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, performed by the renowned Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.


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

  • 14 April 2020
    Sjors van der Mark, guitar
    20.30 hrs, De Link in Het Cenakel, Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 09 May 2020
    Insomnio ensemble, cond. Ulrich Pöhl
    Tonhalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 15 May 2020
    Eight (German premiere)
    KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen
    15 May – 12 June 2020
    Location t.b.d., Hannover, Germany


recent video

Eight - teaser

eightvirtual reality installation ft. Kate Miller-Heidke
1:22 min.

recent audio


Editors Jonathan Reeder, Tim Rutherford-Johnson
Web-design Studio Lonne Wennekendonk
Realisation Martijn ten Napel & Kyver
Latest update 21 March 2020