14-05-1972 - current
“It's wonderful if there's a moment in a piece that can possibly undermine everything. Deathly serious with a wink.” Humour and irony are often components of Nas's compositions, like a pleasant element of confusion. Nas has written commissioned works for, among others, the Nieuw Ensemble, Schönberg Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, Royal ...
Biography Mayke Nas
“It's wonderful if there's a moment in a piece that can possibly undermine everything. Deathly serious with a wink.” Humour and irony are often components of Nas's compositions, like a pleasant element of confusion. Nas has written commissioned works for, among others, the Nieuw Ensemble, Schönberg Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, and Ensemble Aleph. She has composed more than 35 pieces, most on commission, and lives in Tilburg.
1972 - 1990
Mayke Nas is born on May 14 in Voorschoten to a musical family. Her mother is a recorder player and her grandfather, Louis Toebosch (1916-2009), was a composer, organist and conductor. After completing her secondary schooling in The Hague she decides to enter the conservatory.
“Until 1994, Nas studies composition with Daan Manneke at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. She simultaneously studies the piano in Amsterdam and Tilburg with Alexandre Hrisanide and Bart van de Roer. Immediately after, she studies composition in The Hague with Martijn Padding and Gilius van Bergeijk.
She receives the Matthijs Vermeulen Encouragement Prize for '(W)here', for tuba and ensemble (2002).
Together with Wouter Snoei, Nas composes 'I delayed People's Flights by walking slowly in narrow Hallways', for 4 players, 4 chairs, 4 amplified blackboards, and live electronics. The piece is an arrangement of Peter Handke's play 'Self-Accusation'. She is awarded the Anjer Music Prize for 'La chocolatière brûlée' (2005), written for the Nieuw Ensemble. For the 2,000th anniversary of the city of Nijmegen in 2005, she composes 'To Hell!' for Susanne van Els and the Schönberg Ensemble.
On a commission from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, she composes 'No Reason to Panic', to be performed during the stage change preceding a piano concerto, specifically, as the piano is slowly hoisted by tackle from the basement to the stage. For the Festival November Music, she breathes new life into the concept of audience participation with 'Anyone can do It', for 6 unprepared players who are not necessarily at all musically gifted.
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