Composer and percussionist Arnold Marinissen (1966) studied Classical percussion ar the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, where he graduated with distinction in 1991, receiving the prize for the best exam of the year. Since 2008, he has be a principal subject teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Additionally, he taught masterclasses in Boston, Beijing, Shanghai, Wellington, Auckland (New-Zealand), Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane (Australia), Singapore, Stavanger and Oslo.
As percussionist, Marinissen has been Artist in Residence at De Doelen, Rotterdam, and, together with ex-Frank Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio, at the Traces of Rhythm Festival in Tilburg. He performed as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles including WDR Symphony Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, the Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest, the Residentie Orkest, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the New Ensemble, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Sinfonia, inconcert halls in London, Moscow, Tashkent, New-Zealand, Australia and Singapore. He released three solo CDs on the BVHaast label to critical acclaim.
Arnold Marinissen has been Artistic Director of Slagwerk Den Haag. Together with Antony Fiumara he founded ensemble Lunapark/Lunatree. He programmed the 2012-2013 season for Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and four editions of the World Minimal Music Festival. Additionally, he is advisor to the TROMP International Percussion Competition.
Arnold Marinissen composed works for ensembles and artists including Asko|Schönberg, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, the Storioni Trio, Slagwerk Den Haag, VocaalLAB/Silbersee, Oorkaan, Calefax Rietkwintet, Lunatree, the Ives Ensemble, Prisma Strijktrio, cellist Katharina Gross, the Asko Kamerkoor, the Orgelpark, and percussion duo Niek KleinJan and Konstantyn Napolov. He also wrote several works for choreographer and dancer Ederson Rodriguez Xavier.
His vocal quintet Von Pferden, Gräsern, Sonnen, Menschen was selected for Toonzetters and was performed by VocaalLAB at the Holland Festival. Exaudi from London sung Marinissen’s work at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and in Canterbury. His music has also been performed at the Venice Biennale, on BBC 3 during Hull UK Cultural Capital 2017, at the Nancy Zeltsman Marimba Festival, the PASIC and in Boston, and at festivals and venues throughout Europe. In the Netherlands his work has been performed at the Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, the Grachtenfestival, Orgelpark Amsterdam, Cross-Linx, November Music, the Groninger Museum, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and Festival Oranjewoud.