Current projects


A disclosure and contextualization of the Brussels Saxophone School between 1867 and 1903: towards a historically informed performance practice

Bertels Kurt

The goal of this project is an in-depth artistic and theoretical research into the HIPP and the cultural- historical context of the scores for the Brussels Saxophone School, the world's first saxophone school, between 1867 and 1903.


Exploring guitar techniques through transcriptions and creations

Bibault Pierre

The main focus of this project is the gesture in guitar music. My research, which can include regular repertoire, is more specifically articulated around the development of a new repertoire for guitar through transcriptions and creations.


Repertorio concertado para bajon hispanico en el S.XVIII

Cristobal Carles

A broad new repertoire for Bajón has come to light in the last few years: highly demanding and virtuoso music, written for an instrument thought to be in decadence in the 18th century, including the cantatas for Bajón, voice and continuo by Juan Manuel De la Puente (1692-1753). This project not only entails the study and transcription of this new material, but also the design and production (by 3D-printing) of the instrument that matches the needs of this challenging repertoire.


Improving saxophone performance by incorporating recent discoveries in positive science into artistic performance

Dries Koen

While continuously making an effort to improve performance quality, performing musicians don’t cease to challenge their own physical and artistic possibilities.


The Spanish guitar music represented by the “Generation of 1927”

Efstathopoulos Yiannis

My research will focus on a systematic exploration of guitar compositions produced by Spanish composers belonging for aesthetical choices and style to the “Generation of 27”. One of the main, long-term goals of my research will then be the dissemination of its results through the publication and recording of these works.


The Peace Treaty

Gielens Ruud

One player. The pianist as hybrid instrumentalist.


The aim of this practise-based research is to enhance understanding of performance practice of works engaging a new conception of the pianist performer within the field of new music supported by (1) investigating the creative motivations behind composers making such work; and (2) analysing the compositions themselves. The findings from each of these areas will be assimilated to form a broader picture. The research will engage existing compositions that reflect these issues and a series of newly commissioned works in order to follow the live creative process step by step.


Symbols, words, sound illustrations and meanings in the music of Debussy, Wolf and Scriabin

Konieczny Tomasz

My aim is to find a way of performing musical pieces that would allow to present the music within its intellectual and aesthetic context. Sessions of music, arts, and talks on aesthetics would serve better than the traditional concert practice to create meaningful aesthetic experiences, and to preserve the richness of European tradition.


Hotel Europa

Kuyl Ivo

Building bridges

Le Compte Korneel

George Enescu and Romanian pianism: a practical guide for the performance of the piano solo Suites and Sonatas

Timofticiuc Monica

George Enescu (1881-1955) is considered one of the most prominent figures of twentieth-century Romanian music. This research is the first specific and comprehensive study of Gerge Enescu’s Suites and Sonatas for piano solo, which will investigate central aspects of performance issues of the above mentioned works.


Bow techniques for guitar playing: arrangements of contemporary works for cello, violin and viola played on the classical guitar

Tosidis Kostas

The repertory of the guitar is poor in comparison to other string instruments and, relatedly, enjoys few prominent composers who compose for it. This research will explore the possibilities of playing arrangements of contemporary pieces for cello, violin and viola on the guitar without losing the music’s intention or style. Hence, it will not only extend guitar repertory into new and exciting territories, but will also test the technical possibilities of the instrument.


[IN]VISIBLE: Towards an Artistic Performance Strategy for Computer Musicians

Van Esser Benjamin

With this research project I aim to demonstrate that the computer musician is indeed an artistic performer, maintaining a similar degree of artistry comparable to that of acoustic instrumentalists.


Properties and development of the classical saxophone tone within multiple traditions and in historical context

Van Zoelen Andreas

This project aims to present the wide variety of colourful capabilities that Adolphe Sax has given us in his saxophone.


Filmmaker Maurits Wouters is awarded a PhD with his artistic interpretation of an old railway track

Wouters Maurits

During the last 4 years, in order to obtain a PhD in the Arts at RITCS/VUB, experimental filmmaker Maurits Wouters has been researching the subject of fading collective memories in relation to the aesthetics of analog film. Wouters started his research with a collection of home videos made by the derelict  community around ‘Het Bels Lijntje’; the popular name of the Tilburg - Turnhout train line, constructed in 1865 and shut down in 1973. The family history of Maurits Wouters is closely linked to ‘Het Bels Lijntje’.


The psycho-acoustical aspects of marimba playing

Zhang Xi

The continuing evolution from traditional to modern marimba performance has ushered with it myriad challenges to the current generation of marimba players. In today's climate, modern marimba performers are dealing with a much greater palette of articulations. One uniting issue among marimba performers: the core nature of a marimba is that it acts as an idiophone, and this leads every marimba player to the question of where to find space for the expression of all the musical elements and articulations needed to convey their musical intentions.