New PARMA Artist: Willem van Twillert

We are excited to welcome composer Willem van Twillert to the PARMA family!

We will be recording his piece “Branches of Singularity” in the Czech Republic this September. “Branches of Singularity” was originally written as a concerto for symphonic band, but this new orchestration was transcribed by fellow PARMA artist Timothy Lee Miller.

We will also be recording two pieces for solo piano, entitled “Andante for Piano” and “Adagio for Piano.”

Willem studied organ and harmony at the Regional Music School in Amersfoort with Henk Seldenthuis. Later, he studied organ, improvisation, and composition at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam.  He has a diploma for Church Music and Performing Musician “cum laude”, with a teaching-endorsement for improvisation.

Willem has composed many Psalm and Chorale arrangements, the earliest of which was influenced by his studies of 18th-century German organ literature. These have been printed in the Netherlands, and have also been issued on CD. Since 2006 he has also composed for orchestra, and for various ensembles including choir while studying composition with Henk Alkema.  He is also known internationally for his recordings of little-known organ literature through his series of CDs, MUSICQ VOOR HET ORGEL.

As a composer, he won the second prize and the audience prize at the Hinsz Composition Competition 2005 at the Bovenkerk in Kampen, with his Toccata a la Chaconne for Organ. During the Polish International Composers Competition in Mikolów 2007, Van Twillert won his honorary award with his “Sequence for Choir and Organ.” In 2008, he obtained the PRIX GASTON LITAIZE for organ composition PAR LE TEMPS at the Concours de composition 2008 de la Fondation pour la Musique Comminges in France.

Willem has several YouTube videos featuring some of his organ performances throughout the years.  Be sure to check them out:

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