Born in the city of Dordrecht in Holland Matthijs (1985) pretty soon discovered he had an affection towards music. His parents stimulated him and his brother by taking them to classical concerts at a young age. At the age of 7 Matthijs started playing the cello but he switched to bass guitar at the age of 9. Since his interest in music became more and more intense Matthijs enrolled in a special high school that was combined with a preconcervatory education. At the age of 18 he stopped pursuing his career as a bass player and started focusing on composition.
It was the combination of cinema and music that led him to pursue a career as a film composer. Despite only a couple of Dutch directors and cinematographers such as Paul Verhoeven & Jan de Bont, there weren’t many Dutch people in the top film industry. That fact given turned out to become a great stimulance in finding his own, probably European flavoured, artistic voice. Due to the lack of film music programs at conservatories in Holland and Europe, Matthijs decided to focus on self studying.
At the age of 22 Matthijs was picked by the Dutch composer Martijn Schimmer to assist him in composing music for TV shows and drama series. Because of the growing demand for their music and the great personal and musical collaboration, the two became co-composers for a lot of productions.
In 2010 Matthijs scored his first feature film together with Martijn: “Fuchsia the mini-which”, a co-production of NL Film & Walt Disney Motion Pictures. After scoring about 4 drama series this was his first real film scoring assignment and also his first chance to work with full symphonic orchestra. This project was a confirmation for him: This was what he wanted to do!
Late 2010 Matthijs went to Los Angeles to participate in a Film Music Orchestration course given by well-known orchestrator Scott Smalley.
In 2011 Matthijs won the Polish “Transatlantyk Film Music Competition” founded by Academy Award Winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. Out of about 100 composers worldwide Matthijs and 9 other composers were invited to Poznan, Poland, where the festival was held and where the composers showed the same two 10-minute films they all scored. The jury included composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (“Finding Neverland”, “Unfaithful”), producer Richard Gladstein (“Finding Neverland”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Cider House Rules”), composer Peter Golub (“Frozen River”, “The Great Debators” and the Music Director of Sundance Institute), producer Michael Phillips (“Taxi Driver”, “Sting”, Close Encounters of the Third Kind”), and composer Christopher Young (“The Shopping News”, “Spiderman 3”).
Matthijs took 1st place and title of “Transatlantyk Young Composer for 2011”.
In the beginning of 2012 Matthijs finished his fifth feature film score and brought his scoring for TV shows to a total of about 150 TV show episodes. Besides composing, Matthijs arranged and orchestrated for a variety of projects such as the music for the TV show “The Voice of…” (NBC) composed by Martijn Schimmer, which aired in 140 countries.