Maud Nelissen studied piano with Herman Uhlhorn at the Utrecht Superior School of Music, graduating with honours. Since then her speciality and passion has become “live” accompaniment of classic silent films – a field in which her work has earned an international reputation. Apart from performing solo, Maud writes and orchestrates silent film accompaniments for orchestra and various ensembles. Two of her best-known works are her vibrant score, commissioned by the Nederlands Film in Concert, for King Vidor’s 1925 THE PATSY, starring Marion Davies; and the music for Erich von Stroheim’s 1925 THE MERRY WIDOW, for which she exceptionally won the permission and approval of the Franz Léhar estate to interpolate elements of the composer’s work. Maud has conducted this score at the Komische Oper, Berlin (2008), as well as various venues in Europe and the United States.
She has also founded her own ensemble for silent film accompaniment, “The Sprockets”, whose enthusiasm and virtuosity have brought them continued success with the public. With the Sprockets, Maud recorded the soundtrack for the ‘Animators Survival Kit logo’, created by the multi-Oscar-winning animator Richard Williams.
Apart from the Sprockets, Maud has collaborated with various other ensembles and orchestras including the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Cello8ctetAmsterdam. She made her American début in 2008 at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado and in 2011 she made her Hollywood début at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival.
In recent years Maud has performed with various silent film events at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan IJ, Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht,Rotterdam Film Festival, Nederlands Film Festival, Eye Filminstituut, Berlin Film Festival, Schauspielhaus Frankfurt , Komische Oper Berlijn, Theater an der Wien, Vienna , Pordenone Film Festival, Bologna Film Festival, Filmpodium Zürich, Musée d’Orsay Parijs, Midnight Sun Film Festival Finland, Telluride Film Festival USA, TCM Film Festival Hollywood USA, Bangkok Silent Film Festival, Hongkong Filmarchive.
Maud’s music can be heard on the following DVD’s :
The Animator’s Survival Kit ( Richard Williams) , Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies (Lobster Films ), Max Linder ( Lobster Films) and Asta Nielsen ( Edition Filmmuseum).