Roundtable: the Film Composers (Dutch spoken)

If there’s one thing that we as humans and Buma Music in Motion love, it’s connecting with others. Getting together and sharing stories and experiences is, in our opinion, one of the basic needs. We learn and grow through exchanging ideas and views and, with a bit of luck, we’ll even laugh our socks off. As this is one thing we missed out on the most during covid, we decided to introduce you to a new concept: the Roundtable sessions. Here composers, sync agents, artist managers, musicians and, well, everyone in the media music business gets the chance to have an in-depth conversation with colleagues.

One of the things we noticed at Buma Music in Motion is that composers describe their field of expertise as a bit lonely. Yes, of course they interact with others, but usually they work on their own projects and music and rarely get the chance to gather and discuss their jobs with colleagues. That is why we decided that this group is perfect to start our Roundtable sessions with. Now, they have the perfect opportunity to share their experiences, their inspiration, talk about their love for music, interact and get to know each other better. And of course, we saved you a virtual seat at their table.

We are proud to introduce Annelotte Coster, Matthijs Kieboom, Fons Merkies, Merlijn Snitker, Bart Westerlaken and Bob Zimmerman as our guests during our first Roundtable: the Film Composers. You can join our composers on September 16 at 16:00h by tuning in on our video platform.

Please note, that the session is Dutch spoken.


Annelotte Coster (composer, NL)

Annelotte Coster (Zwolle, 1995) is a film composer and keyboard player. Her music is marriage of acoustic and electronic instruments and sounds. Annelotte's scores include coming-of-age short film 'Marlon Brando’(nominated for a Gouden Kalf Short Film, TIFF, Semaine de la Critique Cannes) and minimalistic documentary ‘Als Je Later Groot Bent’ (VPRO Documentary award, nominated for Buma Music in Motion New Talent 2020).

Matthijs Kieboom (composer, NL)

Matthijs is one of the most sought after and well-established composers in the Netherlands. Despite his relatively young age, he has been a fulltime composer for more than a decade and has recently become the head of the Film Music department at one of Holland's leading conservatories.

In 2017, after scoring numerous feature films and tv series, Matthijs ventured into his first big feature documentary, “Wild”, a film about the captivating Dutch nature and wildlife. The film was a big box-office success, had 1,5 million views on TV (over a population of 17 million) and it was the first soundtrack of Matthijs' to be release on CD. The score earned him multiple nominations including one for international Film Music Critics Association Award (“Best Original Score for a Documentary”).

Apart from being a respected film composer on his own, Matthijs Kieboom is known to collaborate with a lot of different musicians and composers, taking on different roles varying from co-composer to arranger/orchestrator and score producer. In 2013 he collaborated with renowned DJ Armin van Buuren on co-composing the score for “Verliefd op Ibiza”, the top selling Dutch movie of the year (2013) and since 2015 he has been a frequent collaborator with well-known Spanish conductor/composer Diego Navarro.

Matthijs is, apart from being a composer, very active in the education and promotion of film music. In 2019 he became the head of Film Music Composition at the Enschedé Conservatory, known for schooling Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL. Over the years Matthijs has been a frequent guest on multiple radio and tv shows, talking about the art of film music.

Fons Merkies (composer, NL)

Merlijn Snitker (composer, NL)

"I want my scores to have a strong personality: present, yet unobtrusive and always in support of the story. Music as an autonomous character, ánd a specific concept intricately interwoven with the scenario." Voilà, the statement that defines the craftsmanship of Merlijn Snitker, one of Holland’s most successful Dutch film composers. Merlijn Snitker (1970), who graduated at the conservatory as a performing artist (saxophone), is a self-taught composer - whence his original style and fresh approach of the trade.

His soundtracks for Publieke Werken (Public Works, 2016) and Bankier van het Verzet (The Resistance Banker, 2018) were both nominated for a Gouden Kalf (the Dutch equivalent of the Oscar). In 2010 Snitker won the Flemish ‘Outstanding Achievement Film Award’ for the soundtrack of Dossier K. Snitker is not only composing for the Dutch cinema, but also branching out to Belgium (The Prime Minister and Ritual) and Sweden (Siv Sover Vilse). Snitker’s eclectic style, a cross-over of acoustic and electronic music, proves that soundtracks can be both inconspicuous and mesmerizing.

Bart Westerlaken (composer, NL)

After graduating as a cameraman at the Dutch Film Academy, Bart Westerlaken chose to become a composer. He scored various feature films and television like crime series Penoza, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen and the documentary Strike a Pose.

Bob Zimmerman (composer, NL)

Bob Zimmerman (1948) wrote his first compositions at age seven. He studied clarinet, saxophone, piano and directing orchestra at the Royal Conservatory The Hague. After his studies he went on to compose various theatre productions, as well as being pianist and musical director for Seth Gaaikema.

Bob wrote music for, among others, short film “De Elektriseermachine van Wimshurst” (Erik van Zuylen, 1978) and feature film “An Bloem” (Peter Oosthoek, 1983). In 1989 he wrote the score for Rudy van den Berg's feature film “De Avonden”. After that he wrote scores for For my baby (1997), Snapshots (2002), Tirza (2010) and Süskind (2012) as well as the music for documentary Staal & Lavendel (2007) about Cornelis Verolme, all directed by Van den Berg. He also contributed to the score of De Dirigent (2018). His scores for nature films De Nieuw Wildernis (2013) and Holland, Natuur in de Delta (2015) were also very successful.

In addition, Bob is an arranger for, among others, the Metropole Orchestra and he arranged for all Dutch symphony orchestras. Also, he has been head arranger for TV shows Una Voce Particolare and Maestro for many years.

Zimmerman composed several so-called community operas, many of them with librettist Ruben van Gogh. At the moment, he's working on “Trijn” (premiers June 2022) and “Maduro” (premiers September 2022).