Amba Klapwijk

Amba Klapwijk is a dutch composer born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
She grew up in an artistic family surrounded by fine arts and music. From the moment she could sit, she would improvise on the piano next to the babybox in the living room. From the age of four she started to get violin and piano lessons.

Currently she studies composition at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague with Calliope Tsoupaki, Peter Adriaansz and Cornelis the Bondt.
Nature, visual arts, poetry inspires her in her work. Often one of these forms a starting point for a new composition.
She created an installation with 15 speakers ‘als ik nu ga zal het zachter zijn’, in which instruments and voices that read a poem from Dutch poet Hans Lodeizen are sounding.
Besides composing for conventional instruments she is the founder of the Royal Trash Ensemble, for which she composed a number of pieces.
She had masterclasses with Kate Moore, Michael Pisaro and Ivo Medek.
In the last year, her compositions were performed by the Herz Ensemble, the Residentie Orchestra The Hague and the New European Ensemble.

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