A French and Dutch composer born November 25, 1957 in Amsterdam (Netherlands).
Camille Van Lunen studied composition at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and also trained in the vocal art.
A practitioner of the French, German and English languages, she explores with this sensitivity vocal and instrumental combinations in the service of her quest for drama and expression. She has composed many works for the voice: Der Felsenjunge - L'Enfant dans les rochers, an opera for children based on the novel of Jan Michael (2005); Songs of the British Isles for baritone, violin, cello and piano (2008); Der Mantel, an opera from Nicolas Gogol’s story, for soloists, chorus, orchestra and electronics (2010); Au Bonheur des trois Dames, a work for soprano, guitar and ondes Martenot, composed for the Trio 3D in 2014; Ein Geschenk für die Fee, an opera for soloists, children’s chorus and orchestra, commissioned by the Cologne Philharmonic (2017).
Her chamber music overflows with humour and wit, as can be seen notably in Entgleist (2006), a piece written for the wind quintet Zephyr and first performed in Darmstadt, an evocation of the delays and breakdowns on the railway; also, Der Turm der blauen Esel (2007), a cycle of four songs for soprano and piano to the fantasy poems of Jörg Hilbert.