Thomas van Dun (The Netherlands, 1995) is a contemporary composer. He has written for diverse ensembles including symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, choir, string quartet, percussion trio, recorder quartet, brass quintet.
His compositions are characterised by colourful instrumentation, luscious soundscapes and recurring themes of ecstacy. His work has been influenced by many composers and styles including Stravinsky, Reich, Ligeti, Haas, Tchaikovsky, French baroque, and techno- and trance music. His pieces have been commissioned by the Residentie Orkest, the committee for the Olympic Games of 2018, the Ricciotti Ensemble, and the Utrechtse Studentencantorij. Currently he is writing a percussion concerto for the Nederlands Studenten Orkest, to be performed with soloist Dominique Vleeshouwers in February 2021.
Currently enrolled at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, he is studying composition under the guidance of Martijn Padding, Calliope Tsoupaki and Yannis Kyriakides in the masters programme. Earlier he studied at the Royal College of London with Dai Fujikura, and at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Wim Henderickx and Willem Jeths. In 2015 Thomas was selected for the composition course ‘Soundmine’ in Belgium with teachers Wim Hendrickx, Diederik Glorieux and Jorrit Tamminga. In 2017 he was selected for the Music and Dance Improvisation Summer Course Amsterdam, where he studied with Katie Duck, Mary Oliver and Manuela Tessi.