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

  • 27 September 2017
    Blank Out
    Miah Persson, soprano
    Park Avenue Armory
    Wade Thompson Drill Hall, New York, U.S.A.
  • 28 September 2017
    Auburn (Montenegro premiere)
    Mislav Režić, guitar
    Niksic Guitar Festival
    8pm, Kings Nicola Castle, Montenegro
  • 07 October 2017
    Hysteresis (Swedish premiere)
    Svenska Kammarorkestern, cond. Tung-Chie Chuang
    Kari Kriikku, clarinet
    3pm, Konserthus, Örebro, Sweden



  • kind words about the US premiere of ‘Blank Out’ in the New York Times 😃
(link in bio)
@parkavearmory #blankout #contemporarymusic #opera #newyorkcity kind words about the US premiere of ‘Blank Out’ in the New York Times 😃 (link in bio) - - @parkavearmory #blankout #contemporarymusic #opera #newyorkcity


  • 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

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