Mathilde Wantenaar

The Amsterdam-born composer (1993) started her studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where she studied composition with Willem Jeths. Wantenaar’s music is described as lyrical, enchanting and eclectic, but authentic. The combination of her craftsmanship and openness to a wide range of genres makes her a very versatile composer. Wantenaar is one of the most successful composers of the young Dutch generation. Her career started by winning the Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition 2014 (1st Prize and Audience Award). Her first chamber opera was performed during the 2016 Opera Forward Festival of Dutch National Opera. She wrote Prélude à une nuit américaine for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) and A song for the moon for the National Opera and has also received commissions from, among others, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Groot Omroepkoor, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Wishful Singing, Liza Ferschtman, Ralph van Raat and Johannette Zomer. She is part of the jury of the Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition for the first time.