The Dutch composer Thom Willems has closely collaborated with the choreographer William Forsythe for decades. He has written over 60 scores for his ballets, with the best-known being In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, The Second Detail and Approximate Sonata.
Willems began composing at the age of 12. He studied composition and electronic music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. Making use of computer technologies, his scores are characterised by subtle soundscapes, insistent rhythms and urban sonorities.
He has also written music for other choreographers, including Daniel Ezralow, Daniel Larrieu and Kristina de Chatel, as well as for television, film and art installations.