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Vagorna sjunga - for choir, premiered by 'le jeune choeur de paris' and Richard Wilberforce. The score will soon be available at my French publisher Le Chant du  Monde.

Spirits' festival - for string quartet, harp & piano, premiered by Michael Gurevich, Myrthe Helder, Marije Helder, Ádám Jávorkai, Mirjam Rietberg & Marlijn Helder. The score and parts are available in my webshop.

Italian Concerto - concert for solo violin & bassoon and chamber orchestra, premiered by Loortje and Helma van den Brink, the re:orchestra and Roberto Beltran-Zavala. A perusal score is available in my webshop and for performances you can contact me by email.

Debussy - La Mer, arranged for 13 soloists or chamber orchestra, premiered by Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Available in print for performance Musicsales Group.

Spring Rain for 13 soloists or chamber orchestra, premiered by Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Available in print in my webshop.

upcoming concerts

2021.05.23 - 17:00

Singapore International Festival of Arts

Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore, Singapore

2021.02.13 - 20:00

Brussels Philharmonic

Live-stream, Concertgebouw, Brugge, Belgium

2020.11.14 - 17:00


Live-stream, Houston, Texas, United States

latest publications


The arrangement for 13 soloists or chamber orchestra of Debussy's La Mer is now available worlwide at Music Sales Classical at their rental department.

Music Sales Classical


The Choral Fantasies for violin or viola are now also available at Musicroom in several countries.









Choral Fantasies I & II 

versions for violin and viola

published by Chant du Monde

in the media

Mark Arnest - review on Debussy/La Mer

"Debussy composed La Mer for large orchestra. This new chamber orhestra version, by Dutch composer Marlijn Helder, delivers a leaner, almost Neoclassical Debussy, revealing connections to the composer's late sonatas."

Manuel Gaulhiac - review on Spring Rain

"Spring Rain is a piece in which nature plays a crucial role. On a base of an almost disturbing rumble, the sparkling sound of a trumpet bursts out like a bouquet of flowers, while the strings expand the intention, bringing it to a brighter register. The lyricism of the horn suggests the space: a seemingly muted landscape, rainy and solemn, like a Nrowegian fjord.

Nature is romantic and exalted here, served by a writing that highlights all the solos. The orchestra consists of only a string section and wind quintet,"


Manuel Gaulhiac - review on Debussy/La Mer


Ït is a piece that requires a great knowledge of orchestral writing on the part of the arranger, which Marlijn Helder certainly has."

what i'm working on and other thoughts...


Back to arranging works by Mahler. This time for an intimate chamber combination of voice and ensemble. It's always such a pleasure working with this genius music.


The Debussy is now available for rental worldwide at Music Sales Classical. Feeling happy and to be honest also proud :)


My 2 choral fantasies for violin solo are available at MusicRoom in the UK now, very exciting news :) I also received a last minute message from my friends from Duo Amacord that they are taking the first finished movement of Shattered Glass to Sri Lanka next week to have it's official world premiere during the Galle Literary Festival. Good luck guys! 


Actually a bunch of stuff at the moment. Besides obviously working on this websites, I just finished a new commission from Le jeune Chœur de Paris, a piece on a text by August Strindberg which is to be premiered in February 2018.

And just before, the first movement of my new piece for piano 4-hands was premiered by Duo Amacord. I'm not yet going to put up a YouTube link or anything. You'll have to wait till the piece is completely finished :)