Micha Hamel

Initials M.
Disciplines Dramaturgy
Member of Society of Arts
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Micha Hamel (born in 1970) is a composer, poet and conductor. His concert music has been performed by virtually all the important Dutch orchestras and ensembles. He has also composed music for dance and theatre, for example for the Dutch National Ballet and theatre company Het Nationale Toneel. In 2008, the Dutch Touring Opera took his tragic operetta Snow White on a hugely successful tour of the Netherlands. In June 2012, he was the ‘composer in focus’ at the Holland Festival – the largest performing arts festival in the Netherlands – for which he composed two evening-long works: a Requiem for our concept of civilisation and an interdisciplinary performance inspired by the George Hendrik Breitner painting The Red Kimono. Music theatre group Orkater is currently touring the Netherlands with his latest work, Een pure formaliteit. As a conductor, Micha Hamel is determined to challenge the boundaries of concert practice. He also participates regularly in debates and in think tanks focusing on developments in musical practice.

Micha Hamel is a professor of New Performance Practice at Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam, where he conducts research into the future of classical music. He has published four collections of original poetry, the latest of which received the Jan Campert Prize for poetry.