Born 1961 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Already from an early age he was interested in sound, music and theatre. After first following the  course in Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, he continued his studies in Music Technology  at the Faculty of Art and Media Technology of the Utrecht School of Arts (Netherlands). In 1996 he obtained a Diploma with Honours in both the fields of Music Software Development and Computer Composition. During this period of study he spent time at a number of institutes: City University (London, UK), Franklin College (Lugano, Switzerland), LIEM-CDMC (Madrid, Spain), and finally at ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany), where he completed work on his own composition software and composition portfolio with an interactive composition, "Spear & Shield". (Piano and computer: Next/ISPW). After his studies he worked for a short period as Technical Support with the Utrecht School of Arts, as Curator with the Impakt Festival and as organiser for contemporary music concerts at Theatre 'Kikker' in Utrecht.
    Following this in 1998 he was employed by IRCAM (Paris, France), working mainly on the application SVP and AudioSculpt - appearing as version 1.91ß at the 1999 Ircam Forum CD. Since then he has been engaged in compositional activities: in collaboration with the composer Harry de Wit he worked on two dance films for television - "Enclosed" and "Breath Crystal" (BBC/NPS) - as well as two theatre productions - "India Song" (produced by Ivo van Hove, Zuidelijk Toneel) and "Stalker" (produced by Gerard-Jan Rijnders, Toneel Groep Amsterdam). Further he developed the Sound Design for the production of "Geen Lied" by Ramsey Nasr (Zuidelijk Toneel) as well as for the exhibition of the artist Theo van Doesburg in collaboration with the pianist Kees Wieringa at the Kroller Müller Museum and the Utrecht Central Museum (Feb - March 2000). And he worked on the production of "Oedipus" by Pierre Audi and the Amsterdam Theatre Group (Feb.-Oct. 2001). in the Autum/Winter of 2001/2002 he was composer in Residence at the ZKM, Karlsruhe Germany, working on a composition for Marco Blaauw (Trumpet and computer which has been released on CD at Wergo in 2011). In 2003 he collaborated with the composer Jorge E. López in his 'Gebirgskrieg project', to 'spatialize' the Orchestral Sound (co-production: Ruhr-Trinale, SWR, ZKM, ÖRF and Klangforum Wien - The Gebirgskrieg 5.1 DVD which he made as wel, has been released in the Autumn of 2007, Wergo).
    After that he worked on the Music-theatre piece 'Cyclotron' (pianoduo and computer) (2004-2005) and after that he has completed a composition for the Zephyr stringquartet (2006): ‘OP=OP’(Sell Out), for computer and stringquartet, which has received several performances in The Netherlands.
    In 2008 followed ‘Trias Politica’ (trio Pia, Cel and BasCl. + computer), which was performed in the UCC project ‘de Regelmeesters’ (see UCC Site). And he finshed the 12 pieces  for MMM_Transforms (a co-production with the Dutch Graphic Artist Willem Willemse. In 2009 he finished ‘Alogon’ a piece for choir and computer. (together with Hollands Vocaal Ensemble). In between al composing activities he teaches undergraduates at the HKU (= High School of the Arts, Utrecht), computer languages and design concepts in C/C++ and Lisp.
    In June 2009 he also received his Master of Music degree at the HKU, The Netherlands. 
In June and July 2010, he had a composers portrait at DEGEM (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik e.V.).Also in 2010 he worked on a commissioned piece (NFPK+) for 4 months as a composer in Residence for the Zirkonium of the ZKM (March - July). This composition named: ‘Ploutôn’ has been performed (13th November 2010) for the ARD Höhrspieltagen 2010. 
His last project (Electra’s Second Life) was with the UCC (he’s one of the co-founders of the Utrechts Composers Collective) for the Electra ensemble. Resulting in the composition: In search of Cohen’s Kappa.
At this moment he is working on his PhD at Sydney Conservatorium of Music/The University of Sydney, Australia. He started the study in February 2012 and will finish it in 2015. This PhD study is made possible with a George Henderson Scholarship.

    Most of his workes are for instruments (percussion, piano, string-instruments, trumpet, voice(s), saxophone) and computer (realtime DSP) but he also made music for filmscores, installations, musictheatre, computer graphics and ‘tape’ -solo- compositions.

    Pieces have been performed during the 'Nederlandse Muziek dagen' (Muziekcentrum Vredenburg) and several concert halls such as Theatre Kikker, the IJsbreker, Lantaarn de Venster, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Toonzaal, Zaal de Regentes, ZKM (Qube, Germany) as well as having been broadcasted on television and radio (Netherlands and abroad (SWR/ARD - Germany, ISMEAM - Hungaria, ÖRF - Austria, Tjech republic, Canada, USA, Australia etc.).

Compositions have been released on: 
“Dreams of Transformations” (DJC CD 221).
“Electro-acoustic music from the Netherlands” 2000 (PEMCD 1). “Collaborations” (DVD UTR4174 Take five records).
“Blue Dog” (WERGO 20632).

Name: Michèl Koenders
Age: 51
Birthday: May 9th, 1961

Favourite Philosophers:
Phythagoras (569-507 B.C.)
Plato (429-347 B.C.)
Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)
Diogenes (413-323 B.C.)
Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)
Spinoza (1632-1677)
René Descartes (1596-1650)
Emanuel Kant (1724-1804)
Hegel (1770-1831)
Karl Popper (1902-1994)



March 2006

My Links:

Theater Kikker, Serie Nieuwe muziek agenda 
UCC: Utrechts Componisten Collectief
Gaudeamus, NL 
Morton Feldman Homepage 
A Conlon Nancarrow Homepage 
Knitting Factory, USA 
Concertzender, NL 
IRCAM, France
ZKM, Germany
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