Michael van der Sloot
Cellist & Composer
Michael van der Sloot is a young Canadian musician with a versatile range of skills and interests. As a composer, some recent commissions for Mr. van der Sloot include works for cellist Andrés Díaz and violinist Ian Swensen, the Escher String Quartet, violist Nadia Sirota, and the Northwestern University Cello Ensemble. Mr. van der Sloot’s music has been praised for its innovative range of textures and colours, particularly his works for string instruments. Also trained a cellist, Mr. van der Sloot has performed with iconic figures such as Anton Kuerti, Andrés and Roberto Díaz, Raphael Wallfisch, and eighth blackbird. As soloist, he has performed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Youth Orchestra, with whom he premiered his own Cello Concerto in C in April 2013.
An alumnus of the Morningside Music Bridge program, Mr. van der Sloot has also participated in several of Canada's most prestigious summer festivals including those at the Banff Centre and National Arts Centre. Mr. van der Sloot has graduate degrees from Northwestern University and Southern Methodist University, and his former teachers include renowned cellists John Kadz, Andrés Díaz, and Hans Jørgen Jensen, along with award-winning composers Xi Wang, Simon A. Sargon, Jay Alan Yim, Kevin Hanlon, and Lane Harder. His studies have been funded in part by three generous grants from the Alberta Foundation of the Arts as well as the Alberta Arts Graduate Scholarship.
In addition to his pursuits as a cellist and composer, Mr. van der Sloot is a dedicated and sought-after instructor in a variety of musical disciplines. He is a member of the cello faculty at Mount Royal University Conservatory and its Academy Program for Gifted Youth, and has been involved as a regular and guest instructor at multiple summer music festivals across Western Canada.