Joris van Son MA

External PhD candidate

Joris van Son is PhD candidate at ICON. He studied Arts and Culture Studies (BA) in Rotterdam and Musicology (ResMA) in Utrecht and Glasgow. His Master's thesis Studying Music at Home: Eighteenth-Century Dutch Domestic Music-Making (2018) won both the Virtus Thesis Award for Nobility Studies (2018) and the Hélène Nolthenius Prize of the Royal Society for Music History of The Netherlands (2020). 

As a music and cultural historian, Van Son specialises in music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Dutch elite culture, domestic culture and keyboard music. During his studies, he wrote a paper on contrapuntal technique in the keyboard music of Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667) and created a critical edition of keyboard arrangements of Francesco Geminani's Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (ca. 1789).

His PhD project examines the musical practices of eighteenth-century Dutch noble and patrician families to find out whether music-making contributed to a shared Dutch elite culture. In addition to this project, Van Son works as a music archivist at the Haags Gemeentearchief, where he creates inventory descriptions for the special archival collection of the Nederlands Muziek Instituut.