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Micha Hamel
(Netherlands, 1970)   
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Micha Hamel

Micha Hamel is a composer-conductor and poet. He composes orchestral works, songs and chamber music and has also written for dance and theatre.

In 2008 his tragic operetta Snow White (the National Travelling Opera) toured the country and was very successful. In June 2012 he was 'composer in focus' at the Holland Festival. He made his debut as a poet in 2004 with Alle enen opgeteld ('All ones added up'). This collection won the Lucy B. & C.W. van der Hoogt Prize and soon saw two reprints. The collection Luchtwortels ('Air roots') appeared in 2006, in 2010 came Nu je het vraagt ('Now that you ask'), and finally, in 2013, Bewegend doel ('Moving target'). At the moment he is working on a series of articles about the future of classical music and on a melodrama for the theatrical company Orkater.

His most recent collection, Bewegend doel ('Moving target'), was nominated for the 2014 VSB Poetry Prize.

© Jan Baeke (Translated by Diane Butterman)

 




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