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 in Belgium and the Netherlands, majoring in classical guitar and composition. I wound up not getting my degree, but learned a great deal. All in all, it was no obstable for me to become a professional guitarist and composer. I always felt that, if I would manage to meet the requirements of my guitar and composition teachers, something of my own personal voice would get lost. I found this to be a great dilemma during my conservatory years.
At the moment I write for and play in an acoustic ensemble called Blend. The instrumentation is flute/vocals, clarinet, guitar and double bass. I also play solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar and I continue to write new music for various instrumentations. Finally, I make radio programmes for the Dutch radiostation De Concertzender, with accessible modern classical music written after 1950.
Below some people, ensembles and institutions I have worked with: