Show yourself! Composers and (online) presentation

11 November 2022 | 13:30 - 14:30Clubzaal

Panel text in Dutch

Many composers are averse to online self-promotion. But what if you can do this in a way that completely suits you and your music? Creating an online presence is not always a matter of shouting louder. Besides, it can be a fun way to garner new commissions. Get inspired by this panel! Music publishers Donemus and Deuss explain how they promote their composers. We have also invited Thomas van Dun, composer, and Femke Steketee, saxophonist and content marketeer, to talk about how they approach their work and online presence. So at the end of this panel, you will leave with a heap of inspiration and a desire to get started yourself!

This panel is produced in collaboration with New Geneco and is part of a workshop series within the framework of the international opera project Opera: Past, Present, Perfect. Femke Steketee will give a session on 18 November in which she will work concretely with composers.


Alejandra Castro (manager promotion & publishing, Deuss Music, NL). Alejandra Castro is Head of Promotion at Deuss Publishing. Deuss Music publishes the music of living composers of the twentieth and twenty-first century. We believe creative work is the foundation for a flourishing contemporary music scene.

Aleksandra Marković (manager production, Donemus, NL). Aleksandra is Manager Production at Donemus Publishing. Donemus (compounded from Documentatiecentrum NederlandseMuziek) is the Dutch institute dealing with the documentation of contemporary music composed in the Netherlands. Founded in 1947 Donemus published thousands of scores and produced all instrumental parts. After 2000 Donemus merged with organizations like Centrum voor Nederlandse Muziek (CNM), RIM, Gaudeamus and the NPI. In January 2013 Donemus started publishing on a commercial basis.

Thomas van Dun (composer, NL). Thomas van Dun Thomas van Dun (The Netherlands, 1995). Thomas van Dun is a contemporary composer and songwriter. He has written for diverse ensembles including multiple symphony orchestras. His work for classical ensembles is distinguished by rhythmical vividness, its ties to electronic dance music, colourful use of instrumentation, and grand spatial gestures. His pieces have been commissioned for orchestras and events such as the Nederlands Studenten Orkest, the Residentie Orkest, the inauguration for the Olympic Games of 2018. In August of 2021, his percussion concerto In Transit premiered during the 2021 edition of the Nederlands Studenten Orkest concert series, with Nederlandse Muziekprijs winner Dominique Vleeshouwers as the soloist. Earlier this year, he created a concert experience ‘Light Mass’ for festival Dag in de Branding, as artist-in-residence, which premiered on May 20th in The Hague. Van Dun has studied with composers such as Martijn Padding, Yannis Kyriakides, Dai Fujikura, and Calliope Tsoupaki at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and the Royal College of Music in London.

Femke Steketee (saxophonist, content marketeer, NL). Femke Steketee (1989) has graduated cum laude at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Bachelor) as a student of Frank Timpe and Leo van Oostrom, and the Conservatory of Amsterdam (Master) as a student of Arno Bornkamp. Femke plays regularly with several symphony orchestras among others The Hague Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. Next to being a musician, Femke is a writer and columnist. After founding her blog ‘Sax and the Pretty’ which introduces young adults to classical music and acted as a master research for her studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, she has been invited to write about her experiences in the classical music scene for multiple (online) platforms.

Esther Gottschalk (director, Nieuw Geneco, NL). She is a strong defender and promotor of the artistic, economic and sociocultural interests of composers and raises awareness for Fair Pay, Fair Share and Fair Chain in art music. She is encouraging wider support and additional financial flows and contribute to greater visibility of composers working in the Netherlands. She is Chair a.i. of the Dutch Creative Coalition, member of the Fair Practice Code focus group, cofounder of the Classical Music Coalition, as well as the Jazz, world music and Contemporary Music Coalition and initiator of the Gender Balance & Diversity Working group of Nieuw Geneco.


Show yourself! Composers and (online) presentation

Veel componisten zijn geen fan van online zelfpromotie. Maar wat als je dit op een manier kan doen die volledig bij jou en jouw muziek past? Het creëren van een online aanwezigheid is niet altijd een kwestie van harder schreeuwen. Daarnaast kan het een leuke manier zijn om nieuwe opdrachten te vergaren. Laat je inspireren door dit panel. Muziekuitgevers Donemus en Deuss zetten uiteen hoe zij hun componisten promoten. Daarnaast hebben we Thomas van Dun, componist, en Femke Steketee, saxofonist en content marketeer, uitgenodigd om te vertellen hoe zij hun werk en online aanwezigheid benaderen. Leer over alle mogelijkheden online! Zo ga je aan het eind van dit panel weg met een bak inspiratie en zin om zelf aan de slag te gaan!

Dit panel komt tot stand in samenwerking met Nieuw Geneco en maakt deel uit van een workshopserie in het kader van het internationale operaproject Opera: Past, Present, Perfect. Femke Steketee geeft op 18 november een sessie waarin zij met componisten concreet aan de slag gaat.

Alejandra Castro (manager promotion & publishing, Deuss Music, NL)
Aleksandra Marković (manager production, Donemus, NL)
Thomas van Dun (componist, NL)
Femke Steketee (saxofonist, content marketeer, NL)
Esther Gottschalk (directeur, Nieuw Geneco, NL)