Rineke Smilde

Rineke Smilde is Guest Professor at the University of Music & Performing Arts in Vienna (Institute for Music Education), and professor of Lifelong Learning in Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire of Hanze University in Groningen. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences summa cum laude from the University of Göttingen, Germany, a master's degree in Musicology (20th Century music) from the University of Amsterdam and she graduated as a performing musician with principal study Flute at the Groningen Conservatoire. For many years Rineke Smilde had a career as a performing artist and as a professor of Flute at the Alkmaar Conservatoire and she taught Music History at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She was director of the Department of Classical Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire from 1994 to 1998 and director of the conservatoire from 1998 to 2004. In 1997 she founded the Peter the Great Festival, a yearly recurring festival in the city and province of Groningen, consisting of chamber music concerts in special venues and a summer academy for young, talented string players and pianists from all over the world. She was the artistic director of this festival until 2006.

As of 1995 Rineke Smilde has been active in the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC) as a council member and from 2002 until 2005 as vice president. She also led various research groups on lifelong learning. She was elected Honorary Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (HonFGS) in 2001. From 2005 to 2008 Rineke Smilde served as a board member of the European Association of Music in Schools (EAS).

Rineke Smilde leads the international research group ‘Lifelong Learning in Music’ that examines questions about the relationship between musicians and society, and what engaging with new audiences means for the different roles, learning and leadership of musicians. Her particular research interests are the learning styles of musicians and the role of biographical learning in the context of lifelong and lifewide learning. Under her guidance the international joint master programme ‘New Audiences and Innovative Practice’ was developed and implemented in a number of European institutions of Higher Music Education. At the University of Music & Performing Arts in Vienna Rineke works through research and lectures on New Audiences and Innovative Practices and its educational impact.

Rineke Smilde gave numerous presentations and lectures at, for example, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre in Brazil, the Antwerp Conservatoire, New York University, the University of Minnesota, Iceland Academy of the Arts and the College of Music in Tokyo. She is guest professor for Lifelong Learning at the Music Academy of Sarajewo. Furthermore she is a regular speaker on conferences dedicated to lifelong learning and music education all over the world and has published extensively. Rineke Smilde has also served as an external examiner for the Royal College of Music in London from 2007 till 2011. In 2008 she received a knighthood from the Dutch Queen for her work.

Rineke has published various articles and book chapters on different aspects of lifelong learning in (higher) music education.

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