Paul Craenen is a composer, sound artist and 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 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 in various music schools and intermedia studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He was the director of Musica, Impulse Centre for Music, a Flemish organisation for art education, from 2012 to 2018. He was appointed Head of the lectorate Music, Education and Society at the Royal Conservatory The Hague in early 2018. He is an associate professor at Leiden University, Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, where lectures and co-supervises artistic research.