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Heloisa Amaral

PhD candidate

Dr. H. Amaral
+31 71 527 2727

Heloisa is a PhD candidate at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts.

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Luso-Brazilian pianist, curator and artist researcher Heloisa Amaral was born in São Paulo in 1981. She completed a Diploma in Music Teaching (main subject piano) and a Diploma in Historical Performance Practice (main subjects: harpsichord and fortepiano) at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Germany, in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Following this she moved to Oslo, where she received a master’s degree in piano performance from the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2007.

After completing two years of continuing studies in ensemble conducting at the same institution, she became an associate researcher of the MusicExperiment21 artistic research cluster at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, where she remained a member until 2016. In 2015, she enrolled in the docARTES Doctoral Programme in the Musical Arts. Heloisa has completed her doctoral research with a scholarship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

While enrolled in docARTES, she has published essays and articles related to her research subjects in the online journal On Curating (2020), in the book Traces of Vang: Suspended Spring published (CentroCentro, 2020), in the anthology Contemporary Piano Music: Performance and Creativity (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021) and in the independent publication Impossible Situations: Concerts in The Making (2021).

In parallel to these activities, Heloisa is active as a performer and curator in the contemporary music field. A former member of ensemble asamisimasa (2003-09), her musical partnerships today include Duo Hellqvist/Amaral and Ensemble neoN. As a soloist and within the aforementioned chamber music constellations, she has worked with composers and musicians such as Helmut Lachenmann, Matthias Spahlinger, Joanna Bailie, Far East Network, Lasse Marhaug, Simon Steen-Andersen, Catherine Lamb, Johannes Kreidler, Øyvind Torvund, Alvin Lucier, Phil Niblock, Erik Dæhlin, Jan St Werner and Marina Rosenfeld. Releases include NEON (Aurora), neoN: Niblock/Lamb (Hubro), Lush Laments for Lazy Mammals with Håkon Stene (Hubro) et al.

Former curator at Ny Musikk Oslo and programmer of outreach and discursive activities at the Oslo Ultima Festival until 2015, Heloisa has been an advisor of DEFRAGMENTATION – Curating Contemporary Music, a project of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. In addition, she has engaged in teaching workshops on curatorship, artistic research and feedback techniques for musicians at the Darmstadt Summer Course, the Orpheus Institute, KASK, the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten and the International Ensemble Modern Academy.

Currently, Heloisa is co-coordinator of the European network ULYSSES dedicated to the promotion of young composers and musicians in the contemporary music field, as well as a lecturer in curatorial practices in music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where she also supervises artistic research and undertakes research on curriculum development in higher musical education.



Marcel Cobussen – Promotor

Anna Scott – Co-supervisor

Frans de Ruiter – Co-supervisor


PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Academie der Kunsten


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