Why in Utrecht

Inspiring Setting

The city of Utrecht is home to a large number of concert venues, notably the just completed, state-of-the-art TivoliVredenburg complex, as well as the Utrecht School of the Arts. It is also host to a number of world-famous musical events such as the Utrecht Festival of Early Music, the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival, the Gaudeamus Festival for Contemporary Music and Young Composers, or the triennial International Franz Liszt Piano Competition. The rich cultural facilities of Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam are all within easy travelling distance.

Focus on Early Music, the History of Music in the Netherlands, and Music and Media

Since its foundation in 1930, one of the primary research focuses of Musicology in Utrecht has been early music, in particular the music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods and the history of music in the Low Countries, from the establishment of the Dutch Republic to the modern day. More recently, our traditional research profile has expanded to include the complex interactions between music, society, and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Internationally acclaimed library

The Utrecht University Library’s extensive music collection is internationally acclaimed and widely recognised as the most significant musicological research collection in the Netherlands and Flanders. The library also houses a range of original source materials for musicological research within its Special Collections.

Teaching Staff

Our lecturers are internationally recognised as experts in their fields. The core lecturers of the Master's programme in Musicology include:


Dr Rebekah Ahrendt, Programme Coordinator 

Rebekah Ahrendt is Associate Professor in Musicology. A specialist in music of the late 16th through 18th centuries, Ahrendt cultivates broader research interests in music and migration and music and diplomacy across the longue durée. She is co-editor of Music and Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and co-director of the international research project Signed, Sealed, & Undelivered. Ahrendt also performs regularly on the viola da gamba.

Prof. Karl Kügle
Karl KÜgle

Karl Kügle holds a Chair in the History of Music before 1800. His research interests are focused on European music of the later Middle Ages (ca.1250-1450), late medieval and early modern court cultures in a transdisciplinary context, and the epistemology of Western music from ca. 1800 to the present. He leads two international research projects, one at Utrecht (soundme.eu), the other at Oxford (malmecc.eu).

Prof. Emile Wennekes
Emile Wennekes

Emile Wennekes holds a Chair in Post-1800 Music History. His present research focuses on Mediatizing Music and the remigration of Jewish musicians. Wennekes has published on a broad range of subjects including a biography of Bernard Haitink, the reception of the music of Bach, Liszt, Mahler and Mozart, music within Second Life, conductor films, Vitaphone shorts, and contemporary music in the Netherlands.

Dr Michiel Kamp
Michiel Kamp

Michiel Kamp is Assistant Professor in Musicology. He is interested in the development of multi- and intermedial musical genres from the early sound film to games and beyond.

Dr Ruxandra Marinescu
Ruxandra Marinescu

Ruxandra Marinescu is Assistant Professor in Musicology. Her research focuses on transmission and reception of monophony in French court culture ca. 1250-1400, musical lyrics interpolated into narratives, and the palaeography of fourteenth-century music sources.

Dr Olga Panteleeva

Olga Panteleeva is Affiliate Researcher and Lecturer in Musicology. Her research focuses on history of musicological knowledge and composition and performance practice of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her dissertation explored institutionalisation of musicology in late Imperial and early Soviet Russia and impact of Soviet politics, as well as idealist and positivist philosophies, on musicological methods. 

Dr Floris Schuiling

Floris Schuiling is Post-Doctoral Fellow in Musicology and holder of a Veni post-doctoral grant under the auspices of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). His research investigates musical performance and creativity from a music-anthropological perspective. In addition, he is interested in the post-war musical avant-garde in the Netherlands.

International Contacts

Our academic staff’s wide network of national and international contacts enables you to conduct research in the Netherlands or another country. A number of our graduates have received funded doctoral positions and are pursuing doctoral research at Utrecht University, as well as at other world-renowned research universities such as UCLA, Berkeley, University of Toronto, Royal Holloway, Cambridge University, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Duke University, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, University of Ghent and University of Oxford.

World-class University

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country. Several renowned international rankings place Utrecht University among the 100 best universities in the world. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Master's programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates. Read more about Utrecht University.

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