This academic year the Classical Music Theory and History Department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam welcomes no less than four new teachers. A warm welcome to Inés Costales, Harm Langenkamp, David Lodewyckx and Ward Spanjers!
Harm Langenkamp studied musicology and cultural history at Utrecht University and completed his PhD with a study on music as an instrument of propaganda during the Cold War. In addition to his work on music and politics, he is interested in opera/music theater and intercultural crossovers in twentieth- and twenty-first century music.
David Lodewyckx studied music theory at the Lemmensinstituut, musicology at KU Leuven, and historical music theory at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. He is working on a PhD thesis around "Marpurg's Galant Cadence." In addition, David has taught music history and music theory at different institutions. His principal interests are in historical approaches to music theory, such as partimento, solfeggio, and historical compositional approaches.
Inés Costales studied piano and music theory at the CvA, obtaining her master’s diploma in music theory in 2019. She teaches ‘Musicianship’ at the Sweelinck Academy, the CvA’s study programme for exceptionally gifted children. Besides being active as a performer and composer, Inés focuses on the integration between music theory and performance.
Ward Spanjers studied guitar and music theory at the CvA, obtaining his master’s diploma in music theory in 2016. He also teachers ‘Musicianship’ at the Sweelinck Academy. Ward is also active as a composer and arranger. His interest is mainly focused on possible relationships between historical composition (techniques and aesthetics) and creation of new art.