MICHEL VAN DER AA
10-03-1970 - current
Michel van der Aa
In the years following 2000, Michel van der Aa has quickly developed into a composer with an international reputation. Characteristic of his work are his constructivist approach to music and well-considered integration of electronic sounds and visual, theatrical and/or cinematic elements. In a philosophical sense, this gives shape to the ...
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Biography Michel van der Aa
In the years following 2000, Michel van der Aa has quickly developed into a composer with an international reputation. Characteristic of his work are his constructivist approach to music and well-considered integration of electronic sounds and visual, theatrical and/or cinematic elements. In a philosophical sense, this gives shape to the concept of multiple worlds, identities, or realities.
1970 - 1998
Michel van der Aa is born on March 10 in Oss. He studies recording technology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and composition with Diderik Wagenaar, Louis Andriessen, and Gilius van Bergeijk. He followes brief film and directing programmes at the New York Film Academy and the Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab.
1999 - 2000
Van der Aa works with Louis Andriessen on the latter's opera 'Writing to Vermeer' and the soundtrack of the film The New Math(s) (Hal Hartley, 2000). He receives the Gaudeamus Prize for Between (1997).
He completes the trilogy Between - Above - Attach (1997/2001).
The chamber opera One, for soprano, video and soundtrack, is premiered with the soprano Barbara Hannigan singing the leading role.
Van der Aa finishes the Here trilogy (2001/2003).
He signs a contract with the music publisher Boosey & Hawkes. He is awarded the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize for the chamber opera One (2002).
In June, he receives the Ernst von Siemens Prize during the Kammerspiele in Munich. The Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund awards him the Charlotte Köhler Prize for his work as a director and the multidiscipline nature of his art.
Van der Aa receives the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival's Paul Hindemith Prize. De Nederlandse Opera presents the premiere of his 'After Life', an opera based on the similarly titled film by Hirokazu Kore-Eda. Van der Aa directs the production. The work is exuberantly praised in the press. “Like this, opera can enter the twenty-first century”, writes Jochem Valkenburg in NRC Handelsblad. And the Financial Times speaks of the “Gesamtkunst of the future”.
The multimedia work The Book Of Disquiet (2008) is premiered in Linz, European Cultural Capital 2009. The Dutch premiere comes later this year. In March the song cycle Spaces Of Blank (2007) has its first performance with mezzo soprano Christianne Stotijn and the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest in Amsterdam De Nederlandse Opera performs After Life (2006) again.
After Life (2006) is performed in Lyons and London. Michel van der Aa launches his own label, Disquiet Media, “a multimedia label that embraces unfurling technologies in a wide spectrum of the arts.” During this season Van der Aa is composer-in-residence with the Klang!, new music network in Hamburg.
Michel van der Aa is 'house composer' for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. This is a long-term partnership and will lead to the creation of several major new works over the next few years.
2012 - 2013
Michel van der Aa’s new opera Sunken Garden is the first collaboration between the composer and stage and film director Van der Aa, and the celebrated English novelist David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas). It employs a distinctive combination of live action and video projections to tell its story, and for the first time includes 3D film. Sunken Garden will be given its world premiere by English National Opera on 12 April 2013 at the Barbican Theatre in London and will tour with performances at the Holland Festival (June 2013), Toronto Luminato Festival (June 2014) and Opera de Lyon (February 2015). Michel van der Aa wins the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Up-Close (2011), which offers a unique blend of cello concerto with film.
Discography Michel van der Aa
Tomoko Mukaiyama - Amsterdam x Tokyo
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