Jan-Willem van Herpen (The Netherlands, 1974) composes
intimate and poetic portraits of human solitude. In his work, an
inner world is captured and crystallized by combining text and
music in fragmented structures and miniature forms. Within this
context, he explores the expressive qualities of clear, concise
gestures and static textures.
Jan-Willem van Herpen holds a master's degree in musicology
from Utrecht University. He attended several cources 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.