I SOLISTI Young Composers Lab challenges young composers to dive into the world of composing for visual media for one week. With in-depth guidance from experienced composers, you will learn to write your own soundtrack to a silent short film. During work sessions, I SOLISTI will perform every new composition.

I SOLISTI Young Composers Lab takes place from  August 20th until 25th 2018. On Saturday night there will be a public concert of the new compositions, performed by I SOLISTI.

Wat does Young Composers Lab have to offer?

  • In-depth guidance and coaching from experienced composers
  • Rehearsals and work sessions with musicians from I SOLISTI and conductor
  • A live-recording of your own doundtrack, which you can use afterwards for your portfolio

The possibility exists that your composition will be included in the program of I SOLISTI during one of the following seasons.

For whom?

We address mainly students composition and young composers who graduated no more than 5 years ago. To guarantee the quality of the coaching, places at the Young Composers Lab are limited to about 8 persons. 

Schedule of Young Composers Lab

Before registration, we invite you to choose a short film from the list (see downloads below). To qualify, you need to send in a short frament (2 minutes). If your application is confirmed, you can start to work independently on your score. Make sure that the score is largely finished before the start of the masterclass week.

During Young Composers Lab you will add further refinements to your film score based on the coaches’ and musicians’ feedback. All participants work together towards the public concert with live performances of the compositions by I SOLISTI.


Alain Craens

Alain Craens is teaching composition and harmony theory at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. He is the artistic director of the Conservatoire as well. He was a laureate of several composition competitions and was nominated for the “Sabam Awards” 2017. He is a renowned juror composition competitions and festivals. Alain Craens’ works have been played by the National Orchestra of Belgium, I SOLISTI, Flemish Sinfonietta, European Music Festival for Young People Neerpelt and many others. The composer considers it a challenge to write music for silent films (work National Orchestra of Belgium) to reconcile old with new, language with music and narrator with story.

Daan Janssens

Daan Janssens has been working at the Ghent Conservatory since 2007, where he teaches composition and orchestration. As a composer he co-operated with (inter)national soloists and ensembles, such as Spectra Ensemble, I SOLISTI, Brussels Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Jan Michiels, Luigi Gaggero,… Since 2008, Daan Janssens is connected to the production house LOD, for whom he wrote two operas so far: Les Aveugles (2011) and Menuet (2017). Among his future projects we will discover a new soundtrack for the Japanese silent film A Page of Madness (1926), in collaboration with Revue Blanche and Center Henri Pousseur (Liège).


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YOUNG COMPOSERS LAB is a production of I SOLISTI en deSingel,


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