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foto Marco Borggreve


Arnold Marinissen about his work: ‘For me, creating music is all about immersing. Warmth and pulse are words that come to mind when I try to describe my music. Voice and text are important; I like to follow the route that a text lays out for me, to deal with breath, diction, nuances of intonation, and I’m intrigued by the personality of each individual voice.’

With his background in percussion he also likes to write for this multi-coloured family of instruments. But he equally gladly dedicates himself to strings, winds and keyboards, electro-acoustic music and music for dance and film.

Marinissen’s music has been played by ensembles such as Asko|Schönberg, Ensemble SCALA, Ensemble Variances, Exaudi, Lunapark, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Percussion Group The Hague, Pinquins Percussion Trio, Prisma String Trio, Silbersee and the Storioni Trio, in the Holland Festival, Biënnale di Venezia, Cross-Linx, November Music, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the Storioni Festival, amongst others.

His music also sounded in the Dutch cinema film Bernard, in several broadcasts by the BBC and in The Netherlands, and in dance productions by Club Guy & Roni, Korzo Productions and Scapino Ballet.

His vocal quintet Von Pferden, Gräsern, Sonnen, Menschen was selected for Toonzetters and was sung by VocaalLAB in the Holland Festival 2012.

In collaboration with cellist Katharina Gross, Marinissen has created so far almost two hours of music for cello and electronics/percussion.

Marinissen was artistic leader of Percussion Group The Hague and, together with Anthony Fiumara, Lunapark. He was artist in residence at De Doelen Rotterdam, programmer for Muziekgebouw Amsterdam and curator for various festivals. He is faculty member of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Arnold Marinissen’s work is published by Deuss Music.


Arnold Marinissen currently does a research at Bournemouth University (UK) around the impact of the digital audio workstation on conceptual, musical and aesthetic aspects of music creation at the crossroad of composition, performance and production. The outcome of his research will be a portfolio of compositions and a thesis. His supervisors are Professor Stephen Deutsch and Dr. Ambrose Seddon.

At the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Marinissen makes part of the Master Research team.


Record label BVHaast released three solo CDs by Marinissen, Traces of Cultures, Layered Rhythms and Percussionist Songs. The press about these CDs: "The infectious delight Marinissen brings to performances of contemporary music", "percussionist extraordinaire Arnold Marinissen ...”, “A wonderful collection of stimulating solo percussion performances."
Marinissen has performed extensively as a solo percussionist and in chamber music. He was artist in residence at De Doelen in Rotterdam, guest at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam and at festivals all over Europe, in Boston, Shanghai, London, Russia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Uzbekistan.

He appeared as a soloist with the Residentie Orchestra, Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Holland Symfonia, Nieuw Ensemble, WDR Orchestra in Cologne, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Sinfonia (New Zealand).

Marinissen teaches percussion at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, with a focus on set-up/multi-percussion repertoire and ensemble/chamber music.