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Bio Marlies Hollevoet

Marlies Hollevoet (°1997) is a Belgian composer, currently residing in the USA.  Their music has been performed by numerous ensembles and musicians, including the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the Virago Symphonic Orchestra, Brightwork Ensemble, and the Lilith ensemble. They were recently awarded with the prestigious B.A.E.F Music Fellowship 2022-2023 to pursue their music studies in the U.S.

Marlies’ music is often based on obsessive rhythms and abstract structures, but never without a sense of humor. They are currently exploring extramusical aspects of performances and how to integrate them into the composition and score and try to create music in an openness to different genres, disciplines and artforms.

At the moment, Marlies is a Master student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. They started their education as a pianist, studying with Eliane Rodrigues at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp (Belgium), but soon switched to follow their passion for composition. Marlies studied under the mentorship of the composers Wim Henderickx, Steven Prengels, Bob Morris, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and David Liptak. Besides their activities as a student at the Eastman School of Music, Marlies also works there as a teaching assistant for the composition department.


Marlies believes their music can speak for itself and does not need a backstory or explanation, because the value can be found in the distinct sound qualities, and interpretations every member of the audience makes for themselves. They like to keep the interpretation open for everybody to explore and define.

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