Since September 2006 Johannes Boer is the Head of the Early Music Department at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands). Coming from a background of professional viola da gamba player and musicologist, he is active in a variety of organizations. Related to the actual job is his engagement with the STIMU, a foundation for historical performance practice, which was founded in 1972, and ever since was a bridge between performers and musicologists. Since 2002 he is leading the Foundation and organized symposia in cooperation with the Utrecht Early Music Festival.
As a viola da gamba player Johannes Boer has been touring in all sorts of combinations of ensembles, covering the bulk of the repertoire for the instrument. Since the time consuming work of leading a department does not allow such an intensive practice, he concentrates now on using his experience for the benefit of education.
In the realm of that educational position he started a PhD research at docARTES in 2014. The core of this work is of epistemological nature and concentrates on the link of tacit knowledge in the past and in present historically informed performance. For that purpose a case study is made of the creation of opera, which goes back to 1607-1608 when Claudio Monteverdi worked on his Arianna. The merging of new music and historical performance on period instruments mobilizes a plethora of substudies which all contribute to the central issue of applied knowledge.