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Merlijn TWAALFHOVEN Composer; Founder, La Vie sur Terre, Amsterdam


 Merlijn Twaalfhoven (1976, The Netherlands) is a composer working in conflict areas, unconventional locations as well as in concert halls. He recently composed a mini opera based on Postcards from Aleppo, performed by members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Syrian refugees in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. He received an UNESCO award and collaborates with The Kronos Quartet and the New York Philharmonic.
 His projects explore the richness of cultural diversity and human interaction, often engaging musicians of contrasting styles, local traditions or children in large events on spectacular locations. He loves unconventional collaborations with artists, cooks, diplomats or idealists. This results in a unique blend of sophisticated music and rough, unpolished sounds. Merlijn Twaalfhoven strives for a world without boundary between art and society. His goal is to revive the creative and artistic potential in everyone, resulting in new meaningful connections and understanding between people.