Roderik de Man was born in Bandung, Indonesia, on May 23, 1941.
Roderik studied percussion with Frans van der Kraan and Theory of Music at the Royal Coservatory in The Hague. At the same time, he participated in the composition class of Kees van Baaren and worked in the electronic studio supervised by Dick Raaymakers.
Between 1972 and 2008, Roderick worked as a teacher in music theory and composition at the Royal Conservatory The Hague. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the rights organisation Genootschap van Nederlandse Componisten from 1993–97.
His oeuvre consists of solo works, chamber, orchestral, ensemble and choral music. Many of his works are available on cd. Roderik de Man mainly focuses on chamber music and works for smaller ensembles, which partly stems from his desire to have personal contact with the musicians for whom he works. Color and rhythm are the characteristics of his musical language, as well as an adventurous, open approach to composing styles and techniques. Roderik writes both instrumental works and works for instruments combined with electronics. However, pure electronic documents are exceptions, partly because he realizes that presentation is an important part of the musical performance. In several works he combines his music with other arts.
“It seems my music often evokes images and is associated with journeys or trajectories. As long as it concerns a trajectory of which the destination is unknown and the listener experiences feelings of expectancy at the beginning and fascination throughout the journey, I have no objection at all to this comparison.”
Roderik received many commissions from e.g. the Performing Arts Fund NL and his music was performed and broadcasted in Europe, the United States, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Indonesia, Korea and Japan.
Among his honours are four prizes in the Concours International de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges (Second Prize, 1991, for ‘Chordis Canam‘; Second Prize, 1999, for ‘Air to Air‘; First Prime, 2005, for ‘Cordes invisibles‘; Golden Euphony, 2010, for ‘Cordes invisibles‘) and five performances at the ISCM World Music Days (1991, Oslo; 1993, Mexico City; 1997, Seoul; 1999, Bucharest; 2004, Genve; 2007, Hongkong). ‘Chromophores‘ was performed during the World Music Days in Hong Kong and was awarded a honorable mention by Ars Electronica 2007. Furthermore, ‘Marionette‘ and ‘Hear, hear!’ were nominated by the Toonzetters in 2008 and 2009. Also, ‘Cordes Invisibles was received a Golden Euphony in 2010.
In addition, several pieces were awarded in the Musica Nova Prize Competition: First Prize, 2004, for ‘Music, when soft voices die…’; First Prize, 2011, for ‘Thou single wilt prove none‘; First Prize, 2012, for ‘Music for a Maverick‘; Honorary Mention 2015 for ‘Les Extrêmes se touchent‘.