Roderik de Man (Bandung/Indonesia 1941) studied percussion with and theory of music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. At the same time he participated in composition classes with Kees van Baaren and worked in the electronic studio as a student of Dick Raaymakers.
Since 1972 he teaches theoretical subjects and composition, also to very young composers at the same institute.
Between 1993 and 1997 he was on the board of the Dutch Composers Society (GENECO) and since 1997 he is a member of the Artistic Committee of DONEMUS, the Dutch Publishing House for contemporary music. Since 1998 he is also on the board of CEM, the Centre of Electronic Music and NEAR, the centre for Dutch Electro-Acoustic Repertoire.He is also counselor to the board of the FoundationTon Bruynèl, foundation for the promotion of electronic music. Since 2003 he is a board member of GAUDEAMUS, the Dutch Center for Contemporary Music.
Roderik de Man received many commissions from a.o. from the Foundation for the Creation of Music, the Amsterdam Art Fund and the Johan Wagenaar Foundation.
He composes purely instrumental as well as instrumental/electronic music. His oeuvre consists of solo pieces, chambermusic and works for choir, large ensemble and orchestra.
Several times compositions were selected by the international jury of the ISCM (the International Society for Contemporary Music) to be performed during the World Music Days.
In 2002 he realized a commission in Bourges at the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique, which received first prize at the Musica Nova competition, Prague 2004. In 2005 his "Cordes Invisibles" for cello, piano and tape(cd) was awarded First Prize in the competition organized by the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique, Bourges.
Roderik de Man's music was performed and broadcast in all European countries as well as in the United States, Brasil, Mexico, Indonesia and Japan.