Biography

Xavier van de Poll was born in 1995 in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and started his music career at the age of four when he was introduced to the violin at his local music school. Two years later he started playing the instrument. He discovered his love for orchestral music and opera at the age of thirteen upon joining the JeugdOrkest Nederland (Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands) where he played the most well-known symphonies, symphonic poems, solo concerti and commissioned modern classical compositions for seven years. From 2005 – 2011 he was a student at the Young Musicians Academy: the youth department of the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg. His violin teachers were Jenny Spanoghe and Thijs Kramer. Afterwards he took private lessons with Natalia Gabunia and Wouter Vossen.

He started composing at the age of nineteen and received his first education in composition at the Conservatory of Amsterdam for two years where he was taught by Willem Jeths, Joël Bons and Wim Henderickx. Simultaneously he followed the bachelor’s programme in Musicology at the University of Amsterdam, where he graduated in 2018 with his thesis “What’s the matter with atonality?: on the perception of atonal music from a neuropsychological viewpoint”. Currently he is an undergraduate student at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg studying classical music composition with Kees van den Bergh and Anthony Fiumara.

His music has been performed in the Netherlands and Poland. In 2018 he was the winner of the Fourth International Composition Competition “Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta” held under the honorary patronage of prof. Krzysztof Penderecki with his double concerto The Tale of Prince Ivanovich. Orchestral playing and writing has always been a predilection of his and it is apparent in his focussing on writing compositions for orchestra or large ensembles. Aesthetically his music could be categorised as Neo-romantic yet always exploring the boundaries of the western classical tradition. He does not shy away from using conventional means such as tonality to express his musical ideas.