Karst de Jong (1961) studied classical Piano and Music Theory at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Shortly after completing his studies, he was appointed as a professor of music theory at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. His special interests lie in piano improvisation, improvisation in the curricula of higher music education and the relation between analysis and interpretation of the piano literature. Since 2003 he has been appointed professor of improvisation and composition-techniques at the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya) in Barcelona. He regularly gives concerts with classical and jazz improvisations, both as a soloist and with different instrumental combinations. He has performed concerts in various countries in Europe, the US, China, South East Asia and Japan. He published articles on improvisation and music theory and appeared at numerous conferences. He is a cofounder and board member of the Dutch Belgian society of Music Theory and was editor of the Dutch Journal of Music Theory. Karst de Jong has taught many masterclasses of improvisation at internationally renowned festivals, among them the International Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog (2008 and 2009), The Piano-Pic festival in the French Pyrenees (2009 and 2011), the Paul Badura-Skoda Music Festival in Vila-seca, Spain (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), the Gümüslük classical music festival in Turkey (2012), Zukunftwerkstatt Improvisation at the KUG Graz (2017, 2019). He was invited teacher at many international schools such as the Steinhardt School of Music NYC, YST Conservatoire Singapore, Senzoku Music University Tokyo and others. He released two CD's with solo-piano improvisations. Karst de Jong currently lives in Barcelona. From 2019 Karst de Jong has been appointed recurring visiting professor at the NUS YST Conservatory in Singapore.