Michel van der Aa


December 2004

Performances at the Netherlands Music Days

Passage stillJoe Bendavid in Passage

Two works of Michel van der Aa were performed during this years Netherlands Music Days.
On 10 December Second Self received its Dutch premiere in Utrecht from the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Ed Spanjaard. Van der Aa’s fascination with creating sonic doubles is at the heart of this new work for orchestra and soundtrack. Commissioned by the SWR and the FST, the score was unveiled at the Donaueschingen Music Days on 15 October with the SWR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roland Kluttig. The piece received great public and critical acclaim.

“sophisticated shadow plays”
— Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“Perfect and emotionally balanced…emotion and superior technique exactly form the grandiose combination that rules in Van der Aa’s composing…virtuosic use of electronics…a work full of fantasy that always sounds apparent and striking but also always surprises.”
— Telegraaf

“Fresh music that carefully balances the electronic and acoustically produced sounds”
— Trouw

“One of the highlights of the Netherlands Music Days”
— Volkskrant

That same evening the film Passage received its world premiere. Passage is a short film written and directed by Michel van der Aa. It is the final film Van der Aa made at the New York Film Academy during his film directing studies in 2002.


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

  • 05 November 2020
    Transit (Korean premiere)
    Sooyoen Lim, piano
    PAN Music Festival, Seoul, South Korea
  • 04 February 2021
    Premiere of version for ensemble
    Insomnio, cond. Ulrich Pöll
    Mieko Kanno, viool. Charles Watt, cello
    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 26 February 2021
    Shelter (German premiere)
    NDR Chor, Klaas Stok conductor
    20.00 hrs, Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany


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