"Merlijn Twaalfhoven is a fantastic composer
whose music is full of a vitality and energy
that I find inspiring and beautiful"
David Harrington. Artistic Director Kronos Quartet
"I not only enthusiastically support this initiative, but I also look
forward to connecting it to my own work with citizen musicians
and artists in the United States and around the world."
(on the Citizen Artist Incubator Program of Gloria Benedikt and Merlijn Twaalfhoven)
"Merlijn Twaalfhoven wondered: 'Why should my music always be
played in a concert hall? Why not right in the midst of society?' (…)
These are the kinds of questions we should all be asking."
Jet Bussemaker. Dutch Minister of Culture
"Merlijn Twaalfhoven connects sensuousness to subtlety. He composes elegantly and jaunty."
NRC, Ernst Vermeulen
"An intricate structuur of subtle finds, well-balanced and revealing a great imagination."
Haagsche Courant, Aad van der Ven
(Alexei Larionov: a requiem)
"On Parole has wonderful melodies and a very strong structure."
Nadja Wijzenbeek, Lendvai Trio
"It was truly fantastic. Symphony Arabica is my favorite project to date."
"Symphony Arabica was breathtaking. Respect!!"
"Capricious music that does not fall apart, because, in spite of all surprises, Twaalfhoven still knows how to apply a logical dramatic structure"
De Telegraaf, Roeland Hazendonk
(If you reveal)
"Song of the man who forgot his language is a beautiful research into sound and time."
Trouw, Anthony Fiumara
"Twaalfhoven's courageous effort to expand the scope of the medium called orchestra, with her traditions and limitations, should be praised. How will he use and deepen these ideas afterwards? We should pay much attention to his future activities."
Yomiuri Shimbun, Junko Shibatsuji
"Both childeren and adults had a wonderful experience being on stage together, being part of a large orchestra, and to perform a magnificent, exciting piece of music together."
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Brabants Dagblad, René van Peer
(Symfonie voor Iedereen)