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, vividness and repetitiveness in rhythm, luscious soundscapes and open harmonic structures. His work has been influenced by many composers and styles including Stravinsky, Reich, Ligeti, Haas, Tchaikovsky, French baroque, and techno- and trance music.
Writing for and collaborating with dancers has always been a particular interest, stemming from a fascination with ballets and classical music in general from a young age. In 2016 Thomas created and performed his first collaborative piece with dance and percussion trio under the guidance of the ensemble Slagwerk Den Haag, with choreographer Charles Antoni. In 2018 his new piece ‘Haagse Suite’ for baroque instruments and dancers will be premiered.
Thomas is in his 4th bachelor year at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, studying composition under the guidance of Martijn Padding, Calliope Tsoupaki and Yannis Kyriakides. 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.
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