Research Cluster 'Making in Music'

The research cluster ‘Making in Music’ investigates how music and sounding art come about and what drives music makers and sound artists today. Special attention goes to research that crosses the traditional barriers between composition, improvisation and performance. In addition to supporting individual research projects, the research group will look for new insights and common grounds that can be implemented in the curricula of various departments within the conservatoire.


Richard Barrettis internationally active as a composer and performer, and also teaches at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague and at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts at Leiden University. His work encompasses a range from free improvisation to intricately-notated scores, and from acoustic chamber music to innovative uses of digital technology. His book Music of Possibility was published by Vision Edition in 2019. After completing his recent research project ‘A Year in the Life of the Sonology Electroacoustic Ensemble’, he is currently interested in comparing improvisation in various artistic disciplines.

Ji Youn Kang is a composer, performer and sound artist and teaches at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague. Most of her music pieces have been composed for both traditional and non-traditional instruments ranging from a solo instrument to a large orchestra. One of her main interests lies in searching for the relationship between musical and physical spaces that she has been exploring with a variety of multichannel systems such as Acousmonium (FR) and Wave Field Synthesis System (192 loudspeakers). Her current research focuses on the sound spatializations in music and performance for live electronics.

Aart Strootman is an internationally acclaimed guitarist and composer. In a short time he won the Gaudeamus Award, the Prix Annelie de Man and the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize. His practice is a convergence of performing guitarist, composer and instrument builder in which the writing of new works often goes hand in hand with the building of the instruments on which they are to be played. This provides interesting insights and dialogues that also form the heart of his current research. An important subject is the digital modelling of the developed instrument in order to make it usable worldwide.

Inés Costales (1990) is a Spanish pianist and music theorist settled in the Netherlands. She studied Piano and Music Theory at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (Master degree in 2019) and Violoncello (Bachelor degree in 2013) at the Conservatory of Zaragoza (Spain). Since 2019 she has been teaching Chamber Music and theoretical subjects at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and since 2020 at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Furthermore, she teaches ‘Musicianship’ at the Sweelinck Academy for Young Talent (CvA) in Amsterdam. Besides being active as a performer and composer, her focus point is the integration between Music Theory and Performance. She is regularly invited to give lectures and workshops at different Conservatories in the Netherlands and in Spain.