The Researching Orchestra

Innovative collaborations between orchestras and knowledge institutions

Dr. Stefan Rosu photo by Simon Van Boxtel
Veerle Spronck photo by Joey Roberts
Peter Peters by Maastricht University

Chaired by Dr. Stefan Rosu (Germany/The Netherlands), artistic director & ceo, South Netherlands Philharmonic

With Veerle Spronck (The Netherlands), PhD candidate, Maastricht University
Dr. Peter Peters (The Netherlands), director of the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM)

Symphonic orchestras face challenges that endanger their traditional ways of operating, with innovation seen as key to shaping new futures. What role can knowledge institutions such as universities and higher arts education institutes play in doing the interdisciplinary research that underlies this innovation? How can the orchestra be a lab for practice-based and artistic research aimed at new concert formats and innovative forms of audience participation?

The new Maastricht Institute for the Innovation of Classical music is a unique structural collaboration between an orchestra, a higher arts education institute, a university and a regional government. Taking the ideas and concepts behind this initiative as a starting point, this session invites international experts to discuss the pros and cons of the researching orchestra.