Niels was introduced into the world of (melodic) percussion by Wibrand van Norel, who taught him the trades of playing the marimba and vibraphone, while also teaching him the fundamentals of musical composition. Niels later studied composition with Caroline Ansink and Jeroen D'hoe at the Utrecht Conservatory. Niels feels at home writing for percussion ensembles, symphonic orchestras, solo instruments and anything in between. He writes in a pletora of genres, ranging from contemporary (classical) music to cinematic soundtracks.
“How I think up my music? I'm not content until it feels like I'm simply writing the unwritten. It has to feel complete, like it was already there in thin air, but no one wrote it down before. A great example of this is the Opera I'm currently writing with Elea Bekkers; every letter we write, every note we put down feels like it should have been there, and in a way already was. It simply didn't exists in an absolute form yet until it crossed our minds.”
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String Quartet no. 3
The Man who drifted on the Sea
Legend of the White Dragon
The Distant Light for vocal quartet
The Eyes tell a Story