Dr. Paul Craenen (1972) is a composer, curator and currently Research Professor at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. After his Master degree in music, he taught piano and experimental music for a good fifteen years. He was the driving force behind pioneering educational projects in new music and the use of new media in arts education. 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 received his doctorate from Leiden University in 2011 with a musical portfolio and a thesis on the music-performing body in contemporary composition. An adapted version was published 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 was the director of Musica, Impulse Centre for Music, a Flemish organisation for music education, sound art and art participation. Early 2018 he was appointed lector Music, Education and Society at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, where he leads research groups with a focus on musical training, creative practice, curatorship and engagement. Thanks to his expertise at the intersection of artistic practice, research and education, he is in frequent demand as an expert, opinion leader and curator.
Research interests: corporeality in contemporary music, embodied music cognition, transdisciplinarity and intermedia, musical values, ethics and engagement, arts education