Dutch composer and fingerstyle guitarist Emiel Stöpler began his musical studies
as a teenager, playing the clarinet and the drums. At the age of seventeen his
interest in music became more serious and he took up classical guitar lessons
while studying engineering at college in the U.S.A.
After returning to his native Netherlands, he abandoned his engineering studies
in favor of continuing with his guitar lessons. He studied classical guitar for
two years at the Codarts Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and followed this with
nearly two years studying composition at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent in
Emiel started composing music shortly after he began his guitar lessons, writing
short pieces for solo guitar. As time progressed, he moved onto writing chamber
music. Emiel's compositions have been performed by various ensembles around the
world, including the Turkish guitar trio Triobio, the Providence Mandolin
Orchestra in the U.S.A. and the Strijktrio Sciolto from the Netherlands. He has
also collaborated with American electronic music artist General Fuzz, for whom
he recorded several guitar tracks. In 2008, Emiel won third prize in the Italian
composition contest the Accademia della Chitarra di Brescia.
In the field of film music, Emiel is also active. He wrote music for a
presentation in the Frisian Museum of Nature in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands en
is producing stock music for film and videoproductions.
Emiel likes to compose in a variety of styles, influenced by pop, jazz and film
music. However, his unique musical signature is always present in his work.
In addition to his musical career, he is also a published author in the
You can find out more about Emiel on his website.