Silent Film

Het muzikaal ‘illustreren’ van verhalen of het prikkelen van de fantasie deed Daan altijd al graag in zijn composities. Dit ‘vertellen’ viel samen met Daan zijn improvisatiekunde tijdens de filmbegeleidingsmasterclasses van Le Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, Italië in 2014.

Verliefd geworden op de kunst van de stille film is Daan zijn weg begonnen als filmbegeleider.

Daan heeft al gespeeld o.a. terugkerend op Le Giornate del Cinema Muto – Italië, Bristol Slapstick Festival – Engeland, Loud Silents – Finland, Kennington Bioscope – Londen, EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, Il Cinema Ritrovato – Bologna en Locarno Festival Zwitserland.

Daan is oprichter en director van het Nederlands Silent Film Festival.


Als director van het Nederlands Silent Film Festival en filmpianist is Daan in januari tijdens het festival meerdere keren in de media geweest.

Bekijk hier enkele hoogtepunten terug van het NSFF op televisie en de radio:

EenVandaag (AvroTros, NPO1, zaterdag 13 januari 18:15)

Hallo Nederland (Omroep MAX, NPO 2 vrijdag 12 januari 18:25)

Spijkers met Koppen (video) (BNNVara, NPO Radio 2, zaterdag 13 januari 12:00)



‘Illustrating’ stories or fueling the imagination is something Daan always likes to do in his compositions. This ‘story telling’ came together with his improvisation skills during the masterclasses in accompanying silent film of the Giornate del Cinema Muto, Pordenone, Italy in 2014.

Since then Daan has played for several films, among others at the Louis Hartlooper Complex, Bristol Slapstick Festival, Loud Silents – Finland, EYE Filmmuseum, Il Cinema Ritrovato – Bologna, Locarno Festival – Switzerland and returning to Pordenone Silent Film Festival





The Sound of Silence: Daan van den Hurk about film accompaniment

Filmed at the Locarno Festival 2018

Predictable, perhaps, but inevitable. The sound of silence could only belong to him, Daan van den Hurk, the talent and hands of the Locarno71 retrospective dedicated to Leo McCarey. A largely silent retrospective, since the Hollywood genius early work was silent, to which Locarno gave a voice thanks to Daan’s compositions, a wonderful live accompaniment to the mismatched duo Laurel & Hardy.

Radio interview

On Swiss Radio during the Locarno Festival 2018


A beautiful article/review of the screening of Max Linder’s Seven Years Bad Luck, for which I had the honour to play for at Slapstick Festival 2017, Bristol!:
Monsieur Linder, not just a master of slapstick but also subtext and, indeed, the comedy of cheese. David Robinson introduced and gave …

“Daan van den Hurk provided accompaniment and impressed with his controlled fluidity – every pianist has his own style and Daan was perfect for this tale of comedy heartbreak. I’m no musician but I would hazard a guess that the set up and and punchline ad sheer emotional unpredictability of comedy makes these films a challenge to play for.

There’s also the ever-present danger of breaking into laughter. So, play along, match the tempo and never, ever laugh… tough gig! But a packed Arnolfini really appreciated the effort!”

And a little chat for the Slapstick Blog.