Paul Craenen is a researcher, composer and music curator and a frequently demanded expert at the intersection of artistic practice, education and research. He studied piano and chamber music at the Lemmens Institute, Leuven and received a PhD from Leiden University (2011) for an artistic research on the status of the performing body in contemporary composed music. His thesis has been published by Leuven University Press under the title “Composing under the Skin. The music-making body at the composer’s desk” (2014). He taught piano and experimental music at various music schools and intermedia studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He has been director of Musica, a Flemish organisation for art education, from 2012 to 2018.
In 2018 he was appointed Research Professor and head of the lectorate Music, Education and Society at the Royal Conservatory The Hague. He is also a guest lecturer at Leiden University.