My name is Emiel F.A.J. Stöpler and I’m a composer, guitarist, and author from the Netherlands. After attempting several instruments under slight parental pressure during my childhood, I began guitar lessons on my own accord when I was seventeen. I was immediately hooked and I knew there and then that I wanted to be a musician. During that time, I began to compose my first short pieces, which grew into me writing hundreds of crossover pieces for various ensembles – string trio’s, guitar trio’s, mandolin orchestra, string orchestra, and full orchestra, to name a few. My music is influenced by classical music, pop music, jazz and film music.
I studied at the conservatories of Zwolle (ArtEz), Rotterdam (Codarts), Ghent and finally at the Schumann Akademie. I majored in classical guitar and composition but, in spite of frantic attempts for numerous years, did not manage to complete my degree. However, I did learn a great deal about music, enabling me to become fully fledged guitarist and composer. I just took a different route, that’s all.
In addition to music, I have a passion for writing, having published a book called Zwerftochten in 2007 by SWP Publishers in Amsterdam. I’m currently working on my second book.
Below some people, ensembles and institutions I have worked with: