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.
He also took part in the 2016 Palendriai International Composers Course in Lithuania which specifically facilitated composing for accordion. With this experience of writing for more specialised instruments he completed a suite of dances for classical guitar in 2018.
In the future he intends to pursue a career in orchestration and orchestral composition.