Niels Meliefste (1979) studied percussion at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. His teachers were Wim Vos, Luuk Nagtegaal and Aly NDiaye Rose. Early in his career he won prizes in prestigious competitions, such as TROMP Percussion and Gaudeamus. Since 2006, Niels has been part of Slagwerk Den Haag (SDH). Since then he has been a permanent member in many productions SDH made together with Club Guy and Roni. He also performed on stage with Steve Reich, worked with Louis Andriessen and Michel van der Aa, as well as with Thijs de Vlieger (Noisia). Niels is a team player pur sang who is loved for his almost theatrical musicality. When it comes to finding the right sound, he aims for perfection and his hands-on mentality leads him when it comes to walking new paths. In addition to his work at Slagwerk Den Haag, Niels is a teacher at the Royal Conservatoire, and a guest percussionist in the Ensemble Modern, NAP, Ludwig, ASKO | Schönberg, and Tomoko Mukaiyama, among others.