Bio Paul Craenen (ENG)

Paul Craenen is a composer, researcher and head of the lectorate Music, Education and Society at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. 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. His compositions are characterised by conceptuality, the use of electronics, choreographic and audiovisual elements. He embarked upon postgraduate research 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 music-making 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’.

From 2012 to 2018 he has been the director of Musica, a major Flemish art organisation for art education. Under his leadership, the organisation has received a YEAH award for the Most Innovative European Youth Production in the category ‘Performance’ (2015), and an EFFE Quality Label for the AlbaNova Festival (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 artistic research and musical education. Early 2018 he was appointed lector at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. He leads several research groups with a focus on the science of musical training, creative practice, curatorship and engagement.

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