Bio Paul Craenen (ENG)

Paul Craenen is a composer, lecturer and researcher, and is currently the director of Musica, Impulse Centre for Music. After his degree in music, he taught piano and experimental music for a good fifteen years. He has been the driving force behind pioneering educational projects in new music and the use of new media in part-time arts education. Since the end of the 1990s, he has also worked as a composer and sound artist. He has participated in several international composition seminars and his compositions have been premiered at various international festivals for new music. His compositions are characterised by conceptuality, the use of electronics, choreographic and audiovisual elements. Another recurrent element in his work is attention to the presence of the body in musical performance. He embarked upon postgraduate research into that subject at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent and later pursued it through docARTES, a doctoral programme for practice-based research in the arts. He has been a member of the ARTI research group at Amsterdam University of the Arts and was a guest lecturer in intermedia at Amsterdam Conservatory for several years. He received his doctorate from Leiden University on 29th March 2011 with a musical portfolio and a thesis entitled ‘Composed Performers – the composing body from a compositional perspective’. An adapted and translated version of the thesis was published in English by Leuven University Press in 2014, with the title ‘Composing under the Skin. The music-making body at the composer’s desk’. As the director of Musica, Impulse Centre for Music, he has been responsible for the general and artistic policy of a major organisation for music participation and arts education in Flanders, recognised under the Flemish Arts Decree. Under his leadership, the organisation has received a YEAH award for the Most Innovative European Youth Production in the category ‘Performance’ (2015), an EFFE Quality Label for the AlbaNova Festival (2017) and a nomination for the Limburg Prize for Culture (2017). Thanks to his expertise at the intersection of research, artistic practice and education, he is in frequent demand as an expert, opinion leader and curator. He gives lectures, writes articles for specialist publications and festivals and is involved in several working groups in arts education and musical education.

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