Daan van den Hurk – Festival director, film pianist
For years, Daan van den Hurk (1987) has been playing on multiple film festivals and events across Europe, among which the Pordenone Silent Film Festival (Italy), Bristol Slapstick (England), Loud Silents (Finland), Il Cinema Ritrovato di Bologna (Italy) and the EYE Filmmuseum (Amsterdam, Holland).
Traveling throughout Europe, he decided that Holland was ready for its own silent film festival. In 2017, he took the initiative for the Nederlands Silent Film Festival, which premiered in January 2018. The festival was, partly because of the Slapstick Saturday, an instant hit. Van den Hurk has surrounded himself with professional musicians, from the Netherlands and beyond, who accompany the films without sound live on stage.
Maud Nelissen – Film pianist, composer
Maud Nelissen is a Dutch pianist and composer who’s dedicated herself to the creation of musical accompaniment for classic silent films. She’s built quite a reputation, since she’s worked with the best in the field. For instance: Eric James; Charlie Chaplin’s last music arranger. She founded her own ensemble, The Sprockets, for silent film accompaniment, but also still gives solo performances, as well as with other ensembles and orchestras.
Anne-Maartje Lemereis – Pianist, componist, animator
Anne-Maartje Lemereis started piano lessons at the age of six, with Maud Nelissen. Because of Nelissen, she came in contact with silent film music. In 2013, she participated in the masterclass of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. Inspired by playing music to moving pictures, that same year she created her own stop motion animations, under the moniker Paranora Productions.
Meg Morley – Film pianist, composer
Australian-born pianist Meg Morley first played for silent film in 2016, at the 9.5mm Club in Pimlico, London. She loved the experience and shortly after became one of the resident pianists at the London Cinema Museum’s Kennington Bioscope group, and was accepted into the Aspirant Pianist Masterclasses for Le Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, Italy. Since then she’s played for various film festivals (Flatpack in Birmingham, UK, and Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy) and recently she was commissioned by the British Film Institute to compose a semi-improvised score together with her jazz trio to accompany several Mabel Normand films, as a DVD release with live performances throughout the UK. Morley is a composer-improviser and released two debut albums in 2017 with original music.
Bart Soeters – Bass player
Bart Soeters completed his Masterstudies as a bass player and composer in 2006 at the HKU, but by then he’d already received multiple awards as a student, amongst which the Pim Jacobs Music Award. Soeters often explores the fields and connections between improvised music, jazz, and modern composed music. He collaborates with a variety of musicians: Lev Markiz, Orgelpark Amsterdam, Izaline Calister & Cello Octet Amsterdam, Floris Verbeij, Souldada, Fay Lovsky, Festival Achter de Linie, Izak Boom, Kaz Lux, and Daan van den Hurk. Soeters is also teaching at the HKU Utrecht Conservatory.