Jan-Willem van Herpen (The Netherlands, 1974) is a composer of vocal chamber music. He attempts to create intimate and poetic portraits of human solitude. The purpose of his work is to capture and crystallize an inner world. Van Herpen combines text and music in fragmented structures and miniature forms. He explores the expressive qualities of sober gestures and static textures.

Jan-Willem van Herpen holds a master’s degree in musicology from Utrecht University. While studying musicology, he attended several courses at the Utrecht Conservatory (HKU): analysis of twentieth-century music with Jurrien Sligter and composition with Henk Alkema. He pursued his composition studies privately with Hans Koolmees and Rozalie Hirs.

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