Research yields new insights and is the driving force behind many changes and improvements. The Royal Conservatoire therefore attaches great importance to ensuring that as well as enhancing education in the arts, the results of the research carried out by its students and teachers are also shared with a wider audience. You will find details of the best, most innovative and most insightful research projects here.

All of the research projects are published and archived in the Research Catalogue, an online platform on which artistic material can also be integrated into the research. 

Research by teachers

Every year a number of teachers are given the opportunity to follow a one-year research programme to deepen their expertise in a subject relevant to one of the research groups (lectorates). Some teachers also choose to follow a two-year Master’s course, in which research plays a central role. The projects carried out in the research groups are very diverse and the results are exhibited in the Research Catalogue, published in a journal or presented at a special event. The teachers who follow a Master’s course give a presentation of their findings during the Master Research symposium, where they are assessed by an international committee.

The results of research projects carried out in the research groups and a selection of the best Master’s research projects by teachers are presented below.

Research results by teachers

See the results of research projects carried out in the research groups and a selection of the best Master’s research projects by teachers here:

Research by students

Every student who follows a Master’s course at the Royal Conservatoire spends two years working on a research project that is usually directly related to their artistic practice or specific field of study. The studies are published in the Research Catalogue and the results are presented during the annual Master Research symposium in April. Projects that have been awarded the grade of ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ can be found here. 

Research results by students

See the projects that have been awarded the grade of ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ here:

Classical Music

Joao Almeida Lucas
“João Sousa, ‘The Aesthetics of Paul Motian'”

Jonathan Bonny
“The creation of an immersive performance”

Gorka Catediano Andrade
“John Cage´s Bacchanale - A reconstruction for percussion ensemble”

Babylon Quartet (Danielle Daoukayeva, William LcLeish, Leo Nikishin, Kellen McDaniel)
“Ghosts, Mirrors, and The River: A case study in performance and compositional practices of modern electro acoustic music”

Gregor Desman
“Adapting Live Classical Music Performance for Different Venues”

Raquel Garzas Garcia Pliego
“Transcribing Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli for Orchestral Ensemble”

Emma Jones
“Learning the altissimo register of the saxophone”

Nick Prince
“The brass player’s stutter”


Early Music

Jean-Loup Gagnon
“To beat or not to beat: reflections on musical leadership practices in the 18th century”

Maryse Gagnon-Legault
“Josef Beer - The complete clarinet virtuoso”

Yotam Gaton
“Writing a text to music to be performed as done in Melodramas”

Florencia Gomez
“A performer’s exploration of the dramatic roles of the baroque flute: Cantates of A. Camprá and N. Clérambault”

Hugo Rodriguez Arteaga
“Investigating smaller bassoons from the XVIII and XIX centuries, with practical performance on a Baroque fagottino”

Kit Spencer
“Squalid and Obscure: Timbral Word Painting at the Arpa Doppia”

Fanni Szekely
“Teaching and practising historical improvisation - A modern method about teaching improvisation on 'excellent bass lines' for music students who play a melody instrument”

Danny Teong
“Breathtaking: An alternative approach to breathing for trumpeters”

Anne-Linde Visser
“Seventeenth century (Italian) cello playing, focusing mainly on bow technique”


Jazz

Claudio de Rosa
“The Sound of the Big Band: Between evolution and continuity”

Marios Spyrou
“The Philly Joe Jones Rudimental Soloing Style”


Vocal
Viktoria Nikolova
“In search for the roots: exploration of the Bulgarian traditional singing technique”


Education

Patricia Wisse
“The Mental Effect of the (Temporary) Tonic: a study of tones in jazz tunes through John Curwen's Tonic Sol-fa”


Composition
Eirik Brandal
“On Electronic Sound Sculptures: Circuits and Aesthetics”

Vassilis Filippou
“Ottoman music as a source of inspiration for today’s composers”


Conducting
Pieter Koster
“George Lloyd – Music for brass, from symphony to test-piece”

Enrico Ruggieri
“The Lamentações para a Semana Santa by José Joaquim dos Santos and Luciano Xavier dos Santos and the music for two violas, voices concertate and low instruments”

Johan Smeulders
“The success of a symphonic transcription”

Emile Frankel
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Classical Music

Federico Forla
“Performing the ‘Group of the Six”

Isa Goldschmeding
“Dancing about music"

Pieter van Loenen
“Performing modern music”

Amaya Oses Ruiz
“How different techniques bring diverse musical ways to play and teach the repeated chords of Prokofiev's Sarcasms op. 17 n15”

Cody Takacs
“Developing Vocal Techniques in Contemporary Solo Double Bass Repertoire: A pedagogical approach to developing vocal techniques and coordination in Western classical-contemporary solo double bass repertoire”

Mikel Ibanez Santervas
“Caprice Basque, P. Sarasate”

Elisa van Kesteren
“The Russian way of playing the accordion: a case study related to the Chambersuite of Vladislav Solotarjow”


Early Music


Evan Buttar
“A Study of Basso Continuo Instrumentation in Baroque Cello Sonatas With a Focus on Jean-Baptiste Barrière”

Aurore Cabaret-Montaulieu
“Adrien-François Servais’s contribution to the evolution of the cello technique”

Juan Manuel Cisneros Garcia
“Frozen Improvisation”

Zhou Feng
“Fingering of the Viennese Double Bass”

Mariko Goto
“Forbidden Beauty: Performance Practice of un-notated arpeggio in fortepiano music in late 19th Century”

Isabella Mercury
“Music as an artificial language”

Agnieszka Papierska
“Holding the violin and how it influences sound and playing in historical performance practice. Historical perspectives.”


Jazz

Peter Frosch
“Jazz Drummer Elvin Jones: His Musical Heritage”


Vocal

Charlotte Houberg
“Body Language”

Bethany Shepherd
“Subversive Climes: Exploring the role of exoticism in Les Indes Galantes”


Composition

Andrius Arutiunian
“Extra Musical Systems in Music”

Yvonne Freckmann
“Catch and Release : Field Recordings as Source for Instrumental Composition”


Music Education

Mariëlle Heidekamp
"Music education in the Teacher Training College”

Classical Music

Barbara Bekhof
“How to use feedback advice and judgement after an exam Guidelines to enhance the learning process”

Raissa Fahlman
“A More Sincere Brahms: An Exploration of Widening Expressive Possibilities in the Opus 120 Clarinet Sonatas”

Thomas Heimstad
“Adapting Telemann”s unaccompanied violin fantasias to the guitar - an investigation of transcriptional methods”

Georgios Kachrimanos
“The Joy of Practice - A case study of Keren by Iannis Xenakis”

Ines Serrano Diogo
“Playing by Heart”

Alistair Sung
“Performing Classical Music in the 21st Century”


Early Music

Giuditta Isoldi
“The advent of the transverse flute in Italy and its use in mixed consorts during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries”

Oonagh Lee
“The unplayable notes of JS Bach - An investigation into the range of oboe parts in the Leipzig Cantatas”

Shanti Nachtergaele
“Examination of Mid-Nineteenth Century Double Bass Playing Based on A. Müller and F.C. Franke”s Discourse in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik 1848 – 1851”

Paulina Ptak
“The violin-type fingerings and oblique left hand position in the history of cello technique”


Jazz

Giovanni Bermudez
“Poly-rhythmic Structures as Frameworks for Improvisation”

Leonie Freundenberger
“Approaching Jazz composition through the music of Billy Strayhorn”

Priscilla Nokoe
“An interdisciplinary approach to jazz performance”

Pauls Pokratnieks
“Art of drumming within jazz piano trio”

David Reschofsky
“Modern vertical thinking (Triad pairs over seventh chords)”


Vocal

Mariana Andrade Pimenta
“The technical principles of Bel Canto in the 18th and 19th centuries: an experimental case study on dynamic range”

Classical Music

Emilie Bastens
“Use your personal learning style for playing by heart”

Mario García Cortizo
“Proposing Live Electronics as an Alternative to Larger Performance Set-Ups”

Martin van Hees
“A musicians’ view on cooperating with composers”

João Diogo Rosas Leitão
“Invocación y Danza – Homenaje a Manuel de Falla” - a new light on the piece brought by the manuscript”

Andrea Vasi
“The influence of some characteristics of Romanian folk music on the Romanian Rhapsody no. 1 opus 11 by George Enescu – An arrangement for 2 pianos”


Early Music

Nuno Atalaia
“Ganassi as researcher: La Fontegara and Practice-based research in HIP”              

João Carlos Feirreira de Miranda Santos
“The Dialogues between Sophia and Curio. A Philosophical Essay Concerning the Principles of Performance and their Relation to the Knowledge of Composition in the German Galant Style of the 18th Century”

Kristen Huebner
“Comparisons of Perspective in the Empfindsamer Stil: How the music of Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach represents a microcosm of an emerging cultural initiative”

Michaela Kouřilová
“Jiří Čart (Georg Czarth) and his Flute Sonata in D minor”

Radka Kubínová
“Italian elements in French music for traverso by J.M. Leclair and M.Blavet”

Eva Lymenstull
“Chordal Continuo Realization on the Violoncello: A look at the practice of chordal accompaniment by cellists over the course of two centuries, with a focus on recitative accompaniment practices between 1774 and 1832”

Mikaela Oberg
“The Place of Modern Methods used to acquire Technique on Period Instruments, within Historically Informed Performance Practice”

João Guimarães Rival
“Keyboard transcriptions of orchestral works by M. Marais and J. Ph. Rameau”


Jazz

Henrique Junguira Gomide
“Reading "Garoto" - A study over the legendary musician who changed Brazilian music'”

Vera Marijt
“Barry Harris: Exploring the Diminished”

Steven Willem Zwanink
“How do you Swing a Quarter Note? An Analysis of the Great Walking Bassists of the 1950s and 60s”


Vocal

Jannelieke Schmidt
“Combining Coco, Arranging for “Het Coco Collectief”

Anna Walker
“Craniosacral Therapy and Singing”


Church Music

Emma Brown
“Music and Religious Experience: Developing a Theological Approach to Composition”


TIME

Claudia Hansen
“What is Music Theater? (A definition by a staging musician)”