Daan van den Hurk – Filmpianist and festival director

For years, film pianist Daan van den Hurk (1987) plays on multiple film festivals and events across Europe, among which Pordenone Silent Film Festival (Italy), Bristol Slapstick (England), Loud Silents (Finnland), Il Cinema Ritrovato di Bologna (Italy) and the EYE Filmmuseum (Amsterdam).

Traveling to all these festivals, he realised that there was no festival like this in the Netherlands and he decided to take the initiative to create one. As director of the Nederlands Silent Film Festival, he proudly presents to you the following musicians who will join him:


Anne-Maartje Lemereis – Pianist/componiser/animator

Anne-Maartje Lemereis started piano lessons aged 6 with Maud Nelissen. It was thanks to Maud that she came in contact with the phenomenon Silent Film Music. In 2013 she participated in the masterclass of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. Inspired by setting music to pictures, it was that same year that she started to create her own stop-motion animations, with which, under name of ‘Pandora Productions’, she creates with images and sound their own little worlds.


Maud Nelissen – Filmpianist, -composer

Maud Nelissen is a Dutch pianist en composer who has particularly dedicated herself to the creation of musical accompaniment for classic silent films. She worked in Italy with Charlie Chaplin’s last music arranger Eric James, Since then she has been much in demand by festivals and special events in Europe, America and Asia. She founded her own ensemble, ‘The Sprockets’, for silent film accompaniment, and performs with them or with various other ensembles and orchestras in Holland and abroad. 


Frank van der Star – Drummer

Drummer Frank van der Star is never afraid of a challenge. From the pop scene to studying at the jazz department, to playing national and international rock and even dance concerts. Being used to improvise freely and after years of friendship and playing together with Daan van den Hurk, Daan offered Frank the challange of joining the NSFF trio. A challenge he gladly accepted




Bart Soeters – Bassist

Bart completed his Masterstudies as a bassplayer and a composer in 2006 at the HKU and had by then already received multiple awards as a student, amongst which the Pim Jacobs Music Award. Bart often explores the fields and connections between improvised music, jazz and modern composed music. He works together with a.o. Daan van den Hurk, Lev Markiz, Orgelpark Amsterdam, Izaline Calister & Cello Octet Amsterdam, Floris Verbeij, Souldada, Fay Lovsky, Festival Achter de Linie, Izak Boom and Kaz Lux. Bart is also teacher at the HKU Utrecht Conservatory.