Alex Manassen studied with Ton de Leeuw at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatoire. Most of his œuvre is chamber music. Since 1985 he is using computer systems for his music. Almost all works have been performed, also abroad, and on radio and TV. Functions: - advisor in numerous councils; - until 1991 faculty member at the Sweelinck Conservatoire for composition and theory; - since 1991 director of the Zwolle Conservatoire, where he still teaches compo¬si¬tion; - in 2001 director of the Messiaen Academie; - since 2009 change from management duties to co-ordinating, lecturing and coaching research in the master course of the ArtEZ Conservatoire.