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Institution: Orpheus Instituut Ghent

Peter Dejans


Peter Dejans is the founding director of the Orpheus Institute (1996), a centre for advanced studies and research in music based in Ghent, Belgium. He received his music training at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire and the Lemmens Institute, Leuven (graduating in choir conducting) and graduated from the Universities of Leuven and Tübingen (Law studies and Postgraduate Studies in Business Economics).

Through his leadership of the Orpheus Institute, and high-level involvement in many international networks, he has become a prominent voice for the newly emergent field of artistic research in music. His work remains grounded in the experience of music making. Peter has a wide concert experience with his chamber choir Musa Horti (with several recordings of contemporary choir music), and is often invited as guest conductor by other ensembles, including the Flemish Radio Choir.

Peter has a strong commitment in many international committees and working groups. He has been the chair of two AEC Polifonia Working Groups focusing on Artistic Research in Higher Music Education in Europe. From 2004 till 2007 Peter chaired the Polifonia Third Cycle Working Group, and from 2011 till 2014 he chaired the Working Group “Artistic Research in Higher Music Education”. He has been the co-founder of EPARM (European Platform Artistic Research in Music), which he has been chairing for 9 years (2011-2019). He also has been member of the ELIA Artistic Research Working Group (European League of Institutes of the Arts).