Guest Composers 2018/ 2019

Lam Lai

Music for the Dancing Percussionist

Music for Dancing Percussionist Dancing itself begs description. The performance of the percussionist allows the body a tremendous range of movements, echoing the command of dancing. By studying one of the masterpieces of Iannis Xenakis, Rebonds A, percussionist Mei-yi Lee and composer Lam Lai examined its augmented perspective, restructured the movement of the percussionist by providing the body with its great flexibility and mobility. With the conventional notation and the new position of the drums, an unfamiliar way of dancing began to speak.

Marie Guilleray

Marie Guilleray (1978) is a vocalist, composer and sound artist from France. She works mainly in the context of contemporary, improvised, experimental and electro-acoustic music. As a performer, she focuses on new music, free improvisation, the development of vocal extended techniques and the combination of voice and electronics. As a composer and sound artist, she operates in various configurations such as fixed media pieces, live electronics pieces, site specific works as well as field recordings, soundwalks and dance performances.

She is a member of several ensembles such as the Royal Improvisers Orchestra, MGBG, Boerenbond, Sonology Electro-acoustic Ensemble, Either/Or Quartet, and she collaborates on various experimental, improvised and electronic music projects. Marie is currently a Research Associates at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague and she is the curator of the new music series Ephémère at Studio Loos in The Hague.

Marie graduated with a Bachelor degree in Law and Political Science from La Sorbonne (Paris I) in June 2003. After her law studies, she studied music and singing at the Conservatoire Nadia and Lili Boulanger (Paris 9ème) and move to The Netherlands in 2006 to pursue her vocal studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Manon Heijne. Marie graduated with a Bachelor degree in Singing from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in June 2010. In parallel to her vocal studies, she had the opportunity to study composition, electronic music, and to develop as an improviser and a performer of contemporary music. In June 2012, she completed her Master degree at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague where she researched about the combination of voice and electronics under the supervision of Richard Barrett, Kees Tazelaar and Paul Berg.

Linda Buckley

Linda Buckley is an Irish composer/performer based in Glasgow/Kinsale who has written extensively for orchestra, and has a particular interest in merging her classical training with the worlds of post punk, folk and ambient electronica. Her work has been described as “fantastically brutal, reminiscent of the glitch music of acts such as Autechre” (Liam Cagney, Composing the Island) and “engaging with an area of experience that new music is generally shy of, which, simplified and reduced to a single word, I’d call ecstasy” (Bob Gilmore, Journal of Music). Music for theatre includes work by Enda Walsh (Bedbound) and film by Pat Collins (Living in a Coded Land) and Tadhg O’Sullivan (Solas Céad Bliain). Awards include a Fulbright scholarship to NYU and the Frankfurt Visual Music Award 2011 (Silk Chroma). Recent and upcoming collaborations include work with Mmoths, arrangements from This Mortal Coil, remixes for Augustus and John, new music with Laura Sheeran (Kuvn), as well as performances by Icebreaker, Iarla O’Lionaird, Joby Burgess, Ensemble Mise-En and Crash Ensemble. Linda also lectures in composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.





Cat Hope

Cat Hope is an Australian composer, musician, sound artist and researcher. Cat’s composition and performance practices engage elements of low frequency sound, drone, noise, graphic notation and improvisation. Her works have been performed at festivals internationally and broadcast on Australian, German, Italian, French and Austrian radio. In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study digital graphic music notations internationally as well undertake residencies at the Visby International Composers Centre, Sweden, Civitella Ranieri, Italy and the Peggy Glanville Hicks House in Sydney in 2014. She is the director of the award winning new music ensemble Decibel and  creates sound for art installation and film  – working with Kate McMillian, Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari, Tracey Moffat and Perun Bonser. Her first monograph CD was released in 2017 on Swiss label Hat [now] ART.


Celia Swart (1994) is a saxophonist and composer from the Netherlands.

By playing the saxophone since the age of 9, she has been surrounded by pop, jazz and classical music. Growing up, Celia has played in pop/jazz bands, a bigband and a harmony orchestra. Around the age of 14 she took piano lessons and found her love for composing.

In 2012 she has studied at the conservatory in Groningen for Composition, Music and Studio productions. A year later she did audition for the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she is graduated in 2018 and now holds a bachelor degree in Composition. Among her teachers were Guus Janssen, Martijn Padding, Peter Adriaansz and John Ruocco.

Her music has a lot of narrative and film influences, and has been used for short movies and documentaries. She also makes her own films with her drawings and compositions.


Amba Klapwijk

Amba Klapwijk (1996) is een Nederlandse componiste geboren in Rotterdam.

Ze groeide op in een artistieke familie omgeven door kunst en muziek. Vanaf het moment dat ze kon zitten improviseerde ze op de piano naast de box in de huiskamer. Op vier jaar begon ze met viool- en pianolessen en later kreeg ze compositielessen van Oscar van Dillen.

Momenteel studeert ze compositie aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag bij Calliope Tsoupaki, Peter Adriaansz en Cornelis de Bondt. Ze kreeg lessen en masterclasses van Kate Moore, Huba de Graaff, Michael Pisaro en Ivo Medek.

Ze is medeoprichtster van de Royal Trash Ensemble, waarvoor ze een aantal stukken schreef.

Natuur, beeldende kunst en poëzie inspireren haar. Recentelijk creëerde ze een installatie met 15 luidsprekers: ‘als ik nu ga zal het zachter zijn’ naar een gedicht van Hans Lodeizen, waarin instrumenten en stemmen die het gelijknamige gedicht voordragen klinken.

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Brisa Gonzales

Born in Tenerife, Spain in 1991, Brisa Fumero is composer based in The Hague. She was introduce to music at age of 7 when she started her studies in violin. After finishing her professional degree in violin she moved to Asturias, Spain to study the Bachelor’s Degree in Composition at the Higher Conservatory of music “Eduardo Martinez Torner”. Four years later she moved to Netherlands to expand her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague where she is currently studying her Master’s Degree in Music Composition. Surrounded by a family of visual artists and showing from a young age a deep interest in biology, Brisa has begun to develop an interest in multidisciplinary arts as well as the use of biologic studies on her own work.


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