Curriculum Vitae


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.

He received recent commissions from, amongst others, Residence Orchestra The Hague, Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble, Silbersee, Ensemble SCALA and clarinettist Michel Marang (Netherlands) and Ensemble Variances (France).

His vocal quintet Von Pferden, Gräsern, Sonnen, Menschen was nominated for the Toonzetters Best Dutch Work of 2012 Prize. It was performed by VOCAALLAB in the Holland Festival 2012, and several times by EXAUDI in the UK. His work has been performed throughout the Netherlands, in the Biennale di Venezia, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the PASIC and Zeltsman Marimba Festival (USA), Sao Paolo (Brazil), Taipei (Taiwan), Zagreb (Croatia) and Wellington (New Zealand), amongst others.

Marinissen composed for a.o. the Storioni Trio, Asko|Schönberg, Slagwerk Den Haag, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Pinquins Percussion Trio, Silbersee, Calefax Reed Quintet, Ives Ensemble, Asko Kamerkoor, Prisma Strijktrio, cellist Katharina Gross, marimbist Ramon Lormans, harpist Ernestine Stoop, Orgelpark, Club Guy & Roni, for choreographer/dancer Ederson Rodrigues Xavier, for the Dutch cinema film Bernard, and for an audio visual installation by the Italian artist Pierluigi Pompei.

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.

Arnold Marinissen’s work is published by Deuss Music.


Arnold Marinissen currently conducts a PhD 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, under the supervision of 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.
© Arnold Marinissen 2021

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