Biography


Jan Willem de With (born 25th of August 1994) is an award-winning German-dutch film composer, producer and musician based in London. His soundtracks and film productions have been internationally screened and performed at film festivals and film events in Cannes, London, New York, Prague, Cologne or Zurich. He has worked together with musicians and ensembles as such as the "City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra", the "Staatskapelle Halle", the "Zürcher Vokalisten", Phil Ryan and Eurovision singer/songwriter Chiara Dubey.  

 

Jan Willem´s musical career started at the early age of five by giving concerts and taking professional music lessons. He was involved in several musical projects, events, bands, choirs, as musician, conductor, singer and actor. Early on, composing and conducting became an important output of his creative work. After starting a two year apprenticeship as a church-musician and choir-conductor at the age of 14, he conducted several choirs and performed his music and arrangements. Besides school, he went to the University for Music and Theatre Hamburg where he were studying composition and orchestration with Prof. Dr Wolfgang Andreas Schultz (former student of György Ligeti). 

 

Jan Willem first received nation-wide attention in the German TV competition “Dein Song” by KIKA/ZDF in 2014 where he was selected to be one of 16 finalists to perform his composition in live TV.

 

Through public and private masterclasse as well as composition and orchestration workshops, Jan Willem learned alongside professionals as such as Balz Bachmann, Marcel Vaid, Benjamin Köthe. In 2014, he was awarded a young talent scholarship by the German film foundation “Nordmedia" for “Media Sound Hamburg” where he could learn from composers as such as Javier Navarette, Oliviere Deriviere, Chris Huelsbeck or Lisle Moore.

 

One of his most important achievements so far was  receiving the “German Film Music Award” in the category “Best Music For Short-Film 2016” for his music to the animation movie “Little Infinity”.

 

Jan Willem studied film music and composition at several Schools and Conservatoires such as the School Of Entertainment and Technology (apprenticeship as a composer for media) and Zurich University Of Arts (Bachelor in Composition for Film, Theatre and Media) with professors as such as Niki Reiser, Peter Scherer, Rodolphe Schacher, Till Löffler, Benjamin Lang, André Bellmont, Matthias Steinauer. He finished his master degree in “Composition for Screen” with distinction at the Royal College Of Music in London (professors: Vasco Hexel, Enrica Sciandrone, Ken Hesketh, Francis Shaw, Gilbert Nouno) for which he was awarded a german talent scholarship by “DAAD” (“Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst”). Here, he came also in contact with film composers as such as George Fenton, Michael Giacchino and Harry Gregson-Williams during college intern masterclasses.

 

 

Besides composition, Jan Willem is working as a lecturer for film music at London South Bank University, festivals and congresses (as such as the Medienforum Mittweida or Lüneburg Short-Film Festival IM.KASTEN) to develop young filmmakers understanding about the use of sound and music, as well as the collaborative aspects and demands in film productions.