Sa 13 > We 17 February 2021, deSingel – Antwerp

Composers Lab creates the opportunity for young composers to collaborate intensively with an established ensemble. After an internationally written selection procedure, composers are challenged to compose on film and explore new musical possibilities for the visual medium during a masterclass week. Ten I SOLISTI musicians throw themselves into the experiment and are available throughout the course week to explore, experiment and create musical material together with the composers. Participants will be coached by Flemish composers with a proven track record, as well as a conductor to lead the ensemble. This edition will be conducted by Daan Janssens, Mathias Coppens and Frederik Neyrinck as coaches, and conductor Martijn Dendievel. In view of their own professional activities and work, they are particularly well placed to explore the boundless creative possibilities with the participants. Under their artistic guidance, the participants will write their unique soundtrack that will be created during a public showcase at the end of the week.

© Silke  De Corte, RITCS,                      Director Photography: Lissa Meurisse

What does the Composers Lab have to offer?


  • In-depth guidance and coaching from experienced composers
  • Rehearsals and work sessions with musicians from I SOLISTI and conductor
  • A live recording of your own soundtrack, which you can use for your portfolio

It is possible that your composition will be included in the program of I SOLISTI during one of the following seasons.

For whom?

The Composers Lab addresses mainly students composition and young composers who graduated no more than 5 years ago. To guarantee the quality of coaching, places are limited to 12 persons.

Who are the coaches?

Daan Janssens studied composition with Frank Nuyts at the conservatory in Ghent, where he was also taught by Godfried-Willem Raes and Filip Rathé. Daan took master classes in composition with Peter Eötvös and Brian Ferneyhough, among others. Since 2007 he has been working as a research assistant at the Ghent conservatory. There he wrote a PHD study on musical transformation in historical perspective and in his own work.

Daan is mainly active as a composer and conductor. In 2006 his string quartet …Passages… received first prize during the week of contemporary music in Ghent and in 2009 (…nuit cassée.) was selected for the ISCM World Music Days in Sweden.


Mathias Coppens studied piano with Levente Kende, organ with Joris Verdin and composition with Wim Henderickx at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. He continued his studies in composition at the Amsterdam Conservatory and at the University of Southern California, where he was taught by Bruce Broughton, among others.

Mathias was named Composer of the Year by Verdikeursmerk in 2006 and won several national competitions. He has composed music for various Belgian and international ensembles and orchestras. Mathias lives and works in Los Angeles as a film composer and orchestrator.  He founded the ensemble deCompagnie and also performs as a pianist.


Frederik Neyrinck studied piano and composition at the conservatories of Brussels, Stuttgart and Graz with Piet Kuijken (piano), Jan Van Landeghem, Marco Stroppa en Clemens Gadenstätter (composition). He worked with diverse Belgian and international orchestras, ensembles and musicians/theatre producers.

In 2017-2018 he was season’s composer at Concertgebouw Brugge, for which he organized among others the concert city circuit “Take Out Obrecht”. For LOD music theatre he co-created in 2018 the performance “Zolang hij niet zichzelve kent” (with Josse De Pauw, Koenraad Tinel, Lieselot De Wilde en SPECTRA). In November followed the opera “i c o n” (with Atelier Bildraum, Sabryna Pierre, Asko|Schönberg, Lieselot De Wilde en Tibo Vandenborre).


Who is the conductor ?

Martijn Dendievel studied music theory and cello at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Later he studied conducting in Weimar. In addition to lessons with Nicolás Pasquet and Ekhart Wycik, he followed master classes with Edo de Waart and Bernard Haitink, among others. He has been assistant conductor with Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen since 2017-2018. In 2018 – 2019 he conducted the I SOLISTI Young Composers Lab and worked as a conductor at the composition workshop of the Thuringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach.

He has already conducted BNO, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen and Filharmoni Hradec Kralove. Martijn is also a member of the Conductors’ Forum des Deutschen Musikrates.


How does the Composers Lab work? 

To be selected, submit two of your compositions for different instrumentations, of which at least one is written for ensemble. After selection and confirmation of your participation, we will provide you with the visual material. You work independently on the score, which is ready for the start of the course. The maximum line-up for which you write is: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, cello, double bass (each with one player per instrument).

During the Composers Lab from 16 to 21 August you will have the opportunity to further develop your score together with the coaches and musicians of I SOLISTI. We are also working towards the public show on Friday, where your composition will be performed, together with the images of the short film.


Sa 23 > Fr 27 augustus 2021, C-mine Genk

How to register and participate?

Soon the new registration link and more info for the fourth edition of I SOLISTI Composers Lab will appear here! 

Curious? Be sure to keep an eye on our site to stay informed.

Watch the aftermovie of Composers Lab 2019 here!


Do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions: lauranne@isolisti.be I SOLISTI Composers Lab 2020 is organized by I SOLISTI in collaboration with Summer School deSingel – Antwerp