Joost Vanmaele

Joost Vanmaele


Former doctoral researcher and research coordinator

Joost Vanmaele (°1971, Bruges) is a Belgian pianist, researcher and pedagogue who studied at the Bruges Municipal Conservatory, the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp (Levente Kende), the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg (Michel Béroff) and the Orpheus Institute and obtained degrees in piano, chamber music, counterpoint, fugue, pedagogy. He additionally participated in masterclasses by Rudolf Kehrer, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Boris Berman and Lazar Berman.

He’s a prize winner at various youth competitions, played concerts in several European countries and recorded for the labels Globe and Radio 3.

Following the confrontation with a chronic motor deficit in 1995, Joost Vanmaele’s career took a decisive turn in the direction of pedagogy and research leading to questions related to the potential impact of extra-disciplinary research output on musical practice in general and the performance of composed music in particular. The conclusions and results of this inquiry will be documented in a doctoral dissertation under the heading: Action & Interaction in music: towards a bio-culturally inspired performance practice of Western Art Music.

Joost Vanmaele was artistic staff member at the Orpheus Institute from 2006 to 2010 and the first research coordinator of the Orpheus Research Centre in Music (2007-2010). He currently teaches at the Conservatory of his hometown, is a docARTES doctorandus at Leiden University, co-chairs the docARTES-module Crossing Borders: extra-disciplinary explorations and is a member of the advisory reading committee in the arts at the Artesis Plantijn University College.