Michel van der Aa


September 2007

Spring/Summer 2007

Directors LabLincoln Center Directors Lab

In April/May 2007 Van der Aa was a featured composer at the Tura New Music Festival in Perth, Australia. Among his works performed were the Here trilogy, Auburn, Just Before, Quadrivial and the film Passage. He also gave the keynote address on After Life.
On 1 June Deutsche Oper Berlin organised a lecture about Van der Aa’s opera After Life, Passage and Wake were also performed.

Van der Aa took part in the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, an intensive course in stage direction, in June 2007. Workshop leaders included Richard Eyre, Ron van Lieu and Michael Miller. Participants explored themes such as ‘playwrights and actors’ and ‘the director as collaborative leader’.


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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Latest update 25 September 2020