Marco Muilwijk (1992) was born in Alphen aan den Rijn in the Netherlands. He studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels (KCB) under Jurgen De Pillecyn (Composition), Hans van Daele (Harmony), and Jan D’Haene (Counterpoint and Fugue), and during this time also followed two years of German and Literature Studies at the Free University of Brussels (VUB).
He completed his Master in Composition cum laude in 2018, including spending a year at the Franz Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar, Germany, where he studied with Reinhard Wolschina.
He discovered a love of music early in life, beginning to play the violin at the age of seven and the French horn at eight. At 16 he became more interested in composing than performing and developed a keen interest in lesser-known repertoires.
In his short career he has garnered success, producing an impressive repertoire, developing his own authentic, modern-romantic and expressionistic style and honing in on his compositional interests. His first orchestral work, 2015 Europa, won the Bromley Symphony Orchestra Centenary Composition Competition. Die gefrorene Rose (2017), his second work for orchestra, was well received and reviewed upon its premier in Germany. He has also written a wide range of chamber music, including song cycles and a suite for classical guitar.
Europa is featured on ABLAZE Records’ Orchestral Masters Vol. 6, played by the Brno Philharmonic conducted by Mikel Toms. Fantasy for orchestra (2018) will be featured on Vol. 7 in 2021. Muilwijk’s music has been published with the German music publisher Concustic.
In the future he intends to pursue a career in orchestration and orchestral composition.