Etienne Nillesen is a performer and composer from The Netherlands currently based in Cologne/ Germany.

With an instrumental and physical approach, he explores and pushes the limits of the natural acoustics of the snare drum using conventional playing techniques as well as extended techniques and preparations.

His work involves elements of conceptual and spontaneous composition, structured improvisation, performance, and sound poetry. Alongside his own work, Etienne is a performer of contemporary music and works with composition, movement and snare drum in a number of interdisciplinary projects.

His interest in various forms of exploratory music gave him the opportunity to work regularly with artists as Rudi Mahall, Claudio Puntin, Sofia Jernberg, Audrey Chen, Eve Risser, Philip Zoubek, Sebastian Gramss, Michael Thieke, Pascal Niggenkemper, Theo Bleckmann, Ernst Reijseger, Shelley Hirsch, Wolter Wierbos, Wilbert DeJoode, Carl Ludwig Hubsch, Michael Vorfeld, Eivind Aarset, Tom Arthurs, Robert Landfermann, Natalie Sandtorv, Bram Stadhouders, Robert van Heumen, Brad Henkel, Simon Nabatov, Sebastian Duboc, Frank Gratkowsky, Simin Tander, Elisabeth Fügemann, Nicola Hein, Matthias Muche…

Besides being active as a musician he is a professor at the ArtEZ institute of the Arts in Arnhem/ The Netherlands.