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Daan Hofman is an award winning composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born and based in Amsterdam. For years he toured as a singer songwriter and wrote music for the stage. In recent years he has mainly focussed on composing for film. He's known for his playful chamber music with a melancholic touch, hybrid sounds and lyrical melodies.

After graduating from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht as an actor, he wrote 2 albums with a mix of chanson, blues and Dutch lyrics. With 'Fakkels van suiker' (2008) and 'Frederic & de katoenvelden' (2014) he was praised by Heaven Magazine as "A musical storyteller, and a true chansonnier“

Since then he was seen in De Beste Singer-songwriter van Nederland, reached the semifinals of 'De Grote Prijs', and won the Prix de Publix at Concour de la Chanson with his performance of Jacques Brel's 'Mathilde'.

After years of touring, Daan went to study at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he got a degree in arranging and music production and also studied Composing for Film with Jurre Haanstra. He started writing music for the stage and worked with theatre groups such as Orkater, tgEcho, and Amsterdamse Bos Theatre. In 2015 he was invited by the Kruller Muller Museum to compose the live radio play 'Seurat, catcher of light' as part of the George Seurat exhibition. Just recently he collaborated with publishing house WPG to write music for 3 children's books and produced two instrumental albums for CopyrightPower International.

 

In 2015 Daan built his own studio and got a degree in electronic music at Point Blank London. He launched the songwriter project: Phonettes. With only an analog synthesizer, two guitars and a computer, he wrote, produced and performed all the songs on the debut EP ‘Algorithm Love’. Released in 2018 by TCBYML Amsterdam.

Things fell into place when Daan started composing for film. His traces in theatre, the love for storytelling and his musical omnivorism. In the first years he scored a total of 15 short films and animations, two of his soundtracks were nominated for Best Music Score on the 48-hour film projects and he won the award in Rotterdam. Then things gained momentum. Daan won the BMIM Best New Talent award with his orchestral re-score of 'Danny and the wild bunch'. Followed by a winning award at the CAIFF Scoring Competition California (US) with his score of ‘I'll Be Here’ by Tiffany Murray.

Since then he composed the music for two feature Documentaries of dutch Journalist Twan Huys. De Schrijver, de moordenaar & zijn Vrouw'  and 'Ankie, de olympische Weduwe', both broadcasted on Dutch television. Besides he worked on several festival short films: 'De Overkammer' an absurdist horror by Raymon Hilkman, 'Blauwe Regen' a short drama by Jet Kragt and he worked closely with director Jörgen Scholtens on three of his films, 'Muze' and the feature films 'Vaders & zonen'and 'Little Amsterdam'. With the lather he was nominated for BMIM Award Best Original Score for short film 2022.

 

In 2021 Daan finished his master's degree in Media Composition at Chichester University (UK) with an orchestral score for the animated feature film 'Jackboots on Whitehall'.  He lives with his wife and two sons near the Dutch seashore.

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