Research Cluster 'Musical Learning and Performance'

Music education, especially instrumental education, often builds on traditions and the experience of many generations of musicians. At the same time, new insights into the biological, cognitive and cultural fundaments of musical perception, motoric and imagination demand the innovation of musical training, preparation and performance. The research cluster ‘Musical Learning and Performance’ builds a bridge between music education and didactics on the one side, and insights from other knowledge fields that may lead to a better understanding of processes of musical learning, imagination and performance on the other.


Susan Williams is one of the world’s most well-known specialists in baroque trumpet and over the last 30 years has performed and recorded with many of Europe’s finest early music ensembles as soloist, chamber musician and in orchestral projects. She has also initiated and realised many of her own artistic projects involving natural trumpets. She teaches at The Royal Conservatorium of The Hague and at the University of the Arts in Bremen. In addition to teaching natural trumpet and leading ensemble projects and workshops Susan has been giving regular courses in practicing and performance preparation for over ten years. Susan is actively involved in curriculum development in the area of training practicing. She teaches in staff development programs in The Netherlands, Belgium and Austria and for the Netzwerk Musikhochschulen of Germany. She has carried out research on the topics of attentional focus and musical imagery, as well as self-regulated learning for musicians. Susan’s book Quality Practice has enjoyed wide popularity amongst musicians and teachers. In 2020 she developed NOTES: a Musician’s Reflective Journal.

Inês d’Avena (Inês de Avena Braga – Rio de Janeiro, 1983) is a recorder player, teacher and researcher. Inês records for Passacaille, Challenge Classics, ORF Edition Alte Musik, Channel Classics, Ramée/Outhere and Sony Classical, and performs as a soloist, and in chamber and orchestral formations throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America, with ensembles such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Köln, New Collegium, her duo with Claudio Ribeiro, and La Cicala, of which she is artistic director. Inês holds a PhD in Music from Leiden University and bachelor’s, master’s and teaching diplomas from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where, since 2012, she is a Teacher and Research Supervisor for the Master Program. Her research focuses on the rediscovery of Italian Baroque music and its performance practice, and she has had scholarly articles, essays and reviews published at Recercare, the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, Tibia, Music+Practice and Blokfluitist. In 2015, Inês was a postdoctoral resident academic researcher at the Cini Foundation / Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi in Venice.

Claudio Ribeiro (São Paulo, 1976), based in the Netherlands since 2000, is a sought-after harpsichordist and conductor in a variety of orchestras and ensembles, and a regular guest at the major concert venues and festivals in Europe, performing also in his native Brazil and in South Korea. Claudio records for labels as Ramée, Ricercar, Ambronay Éditions, ORF, Brilliant and Passacaille, is the co-founder and artistic director of baroque ensemble New Collegium, a member of La Cicala, Radio Antiqua and the duo with Inês d'Avena, and combines music making with an intense research activity focused on performance practice and the discovery of unknown baroque repertoire. Claudio holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, as well as a bachelor’s degree in conducting from the State University of Campinas. Claudio works as a harpsichord teacher and coach at the School for Young Talent and harpsichord accompanist for several departments of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague since 2006, and receives regular invitations to teach in festivals in Brazil and Europe.