Maya Verlaak was born in Gent, Belgium. She studied at the composition and sonology departements in The Hague conservatoire, Netherlands where her composition tutors were Calliope Tsoupaki, Gilius Van Bergeijk, Peter Adriaansz and Diderik Haakma Wagenaar. She left Holland and travelled to Birmingham conservatoire to study with Michael Wolters and Howard Skempton, and  is now living back in The Hague.

She makes her own instruments/ installations, writes pieces for them and is currently researching 'forgotten' instruments, made between 1200-1800. She also composes for fixed media and classical instruments - ensemble music, orchestral music or solo instruments - and likes to incorporate theatrical elements into her compositions. She has written for Ensemble Modelo 62, Ensemble Klang, Rosa Ensemble, Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Thallein Ensemble, Praetorius Ensemble, Richard Barrett ensemble Den Haag, VU-Amsterdam Chamber orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Acid Police Noise Ensemble‚Ķ and solo pieces for Janet Forbes, Robert de Bree, Leo Svirsky and Christian Schmitt. In 2012-2013 she was composer in residence at Stichting Grasland, Haarlem and at Vrije Academie Den Haag, Netherlands.

Maya is a founder-member and Artistic Director of Acid Police Noise Ensemble.

Image credit: 
Stuart Leech