This years commision composition for chamber orchestra and soprano will be written by Mathilde Wantenaar! The composition is called: ‘A Haunted House,’ and musically portrays its namesake, a short story written by Virginia Woolf.
Amsterdam born musician Mathilde Wantenaar (1993) started her studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where she studied classical composition with Willem Jeths and Wim Henderickx. She has written for, and collaborated with, the Dutch National Opera, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the Dutch Wind Ensemble, the Asko-Schönberg Ensemble, DeFundo male choir, Neon choir, Liza Ferschtman, Ralph van Raat, Johannette Zomer and others. During her composition studies she studied subsidiary subjects piano with Emile Simonis, cello with Maarten Mostert and voice with Maari Ernits. After her first chamber opera premiered during the Opera Forward Festival of the Dutch National Opera she completed her composition studies and was admitted to the Royal Conservatory of The Hague to study classical voice with Rita Dams. Mathilde currently divides her time between her composition practice and vocal studies.