NAIP Programme Institutions

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Renee Jonker studied percussion with Frans van der Kraan at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hagues. For more than 25 years he has been playing with such companies as Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, Asko Ensemble, Schönberg Ensemble and Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt. He played in music theatre productions in Italy and Germany and has worked extensively with composers as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Mauricio Kagel , György Ligeti, György Kurtág, Wolfgang Rihm and Heiner Goebbels. Jonker has been on advisory boards of the IRCAM in Paris and various funds for the performing arts in The Netherlands. He has made a series of radio- and television programs on classical music for the Dutch public broadcasting system and was appointed to be member of the Dutch Arts Council from 2003 till 2006. Renee Jonker has been director of the société Gavigniès, a private fund to sponsor music since its foundation in 1998 and is co-ordinating the Music Master for New Audiences and Innovative Practice at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague since 2008.

Teaches at: Royal Conservatoire The Hague

Karst de Jong studied classical piano with Geoffrey Douglas Madge and music theory with Diederik Wagenaar, Ineke Kien and others at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. Shortly after completing his studies, he was appointed as a professor of music theory at the conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague, specializing in the relationship between musical analysis, interpretation and performance. In 2003 he was appointed professor of composition techniques and improvisation at the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya) in Barcelona. Since then he pursues to make the practice of improvisation an integral part of the curricula of higher music education. Karst de Jong regularly gives concerts with improvisations and improvisations based on different styles, both as a soloist and with various ensembles, and he has given many concerts in Europe, China and Japan. He taught various master classes, among others at the International Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog, the Piano-Pic Festival in Bagnères de Bigorre, the Gümüslük classical music festival in Turkey, the Paul Badura Skoda Vila-seca Music Festival in Spain, the Guildhall School for Music and Drama and the NYU Steinhardt School of Music. He released two CD’s with piano-solo improvisations entitled "Improdisiac I & II". Karst de Jong currently lives in Barcelona.

Teaches at: Royal Conservatoire The Hague

Philip Curtis graduated in Music from the University of York and has worked in theatre as opera singer, actor, director and writer. His work includes all forms of music theatre from opera and musical to contemporary music theatre. He has worked with conductors such as Steuart Bedford, Sir Charles Groves, Graeme Jenkins, Diego Masson and Sir Roger Norrington; also with such directors as Neil Bartlett, Robert Carsen, Graham Devlin, Declan Donellan, Colin Graham and Sir Jonathan Miller. He has specialized in contemporary music theatre, working with such composers as Luciano Berio, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Bernard Rands and Stephen Sondheim (at the Royal National Theatre in London). He is co-founder and artistic director of MuzThinc (Music Theatre Incorporated, formerly Music Theatre Group Amsterdam) and is Artistic Director of the CityProms Festival in Leeuwarden (Friesland). He is an internationally recognized teacher of theatre for musicians at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague and the Prins Claus Conservatoire in Groningen, where he has helped develop the Performance and Communication module and established the Musician as Actor module for the NAIP masters programme. 

Teaches at: Prins Claus Conservatorium

Marc van Roon (born 1967 in The Hague) is a Dutch jazz pianist. He combines music performance with his work as a creative facilitator for leaders, groups and organizations in transformational change and learning processes applying the art of improvisation as the main source of inspiration. He has composed songs and orchestra pieces for dance companies and various music ensembles and produced several CDs for other artists and his own ensembles. Van Roon has collaborated with Dave Liebman, Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Charlie Mariano, Billy Hart, Santi Di Briano, Tony Lakatos, Michael Moore, and The Netherlands Dans Theatre and Dutch jazz artists Ernst Reijseger, Tony Overwater, Wim Kegel, Jesse van Ruller, Susanne Abbuehl, Fay Claassen, Eric Vloeimans and Tineke Postma. Van Roon has worked for many fortune 500 companies world wide in more than 20 countries and has presented at various conferences including ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) Washington and Dallas, IAL (International Accelerated Learning Conferences), DGSL (Deutsche Gesellshaft for Superlearning), International Cybernetics Conference, Vienna and Art in Business conferences to name a few. Van Roon has taught at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music and has been a guest teacher at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Since 2001 he has been teaching jazz piano at the Prins Claus Conservatorium of the Hanzehogeschool Groningen. He is also coordinating and teaching for the NAIP Master program. Since 2008 Van Roon is member of the LifeLong Learning Research Group connected with the Music Conservatories in Groningen and The Hague. 

Teaches at: Prins Claus Conservatorium

Guy Wood has been highly active as a performer, composer and facilitator for over 15 years. Working for numerous bands, studio projects, theatre companies, TV and the advertising industry. He was educated in music from the age of 16 at The Leeds College of Music then studied Jazz at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, with an exchange programme at The Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, The Netherlands. He then completed his masters in Leadership at the GSMD in 2007. As a drummer he is working on various development projects with Jamie Telford (The Jam), I.R.O.K (Acid Bath records) and Stateless (Ninja Tune) amongst a session career that has recently seen him work on a project for Coca Cola. Over the last few years he has been busy as a producer and as one half of WW Music (www.wwmusic.co.uk), a music label and production agency that he runs with his long time collaborator Jo Wills. Their projects have ranged from artist development with vocalists such as Onallee (Roni Size Reprazent) and Tom Hickox to full length contemporary dance scores for The Tom Dale Company. Together they have also worked on composition and arranging jobs for the BBC, ECKO Unltd, Honda, Toyota, Sobrani, Nationwide and many more. Guy is currently busy working on his solo project, known as ‘Wampa’, which is released through WW Music. As a facilitator, Guy tutors on the Leading & Guiding module, as part of the first ever Joint masters in music programme in New Audiences and Innovative Practise. An exciting new programme developed between five host institutions in Europe.

Teaches at: Prins Claus Conservatorium

Over the past decade, Joe Wills has written, performed, produced and collaborated with Brian Eno (warp), DJ Krust (Full Cycle/Reprazent), Onallee (Reprazent), Tom Dale (Tom Dale Company), Rick Holland (Warp), Beth Rowley, Chris James (Stateless/Ninjatune), Ultrasound (Fandango), Carlinhos Brown (Candyall), BBC Symphony Orchestra. 

Jo’s commercial client list includes the BBC, Honda, Toyota, ECKO unlimited and Nationwide.  He has written music for film and installations across Europe. He is the Co-founder and Director of production house and record label, WW Music. He composes and releases music under the moniker Old Man Diode (www.oldmandiode.com) on WW Music.

Teaches at: Prins Claus Conservatorium

Sigurður Halldórsson is the NAIP program director and key mentor at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. He studied music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where his main subject was the cello and Performance and Communication Skills, which later evolved into the Master in Leadership. He is active in early, contemporary and improvised music, mainly with Icelandic ensembles such as CAPUT, Voces Thules, Camerarctica, Skálholt Bach Consort and Skálholt Quartet, and as soloist, both with orchestras and alone. Sigurður is artistic director of Skálholt Summer Concerts, an Early-Music and Contemporary Music festival in Southern Iceland and the country's longest running music festival.

Teaches at: Iceland Academy of the Arts

Rolf Christianson was educated at Royal College of Music, Stockholm and Academy of Music and Drama, Gothenburg. His working field span from teaching drama and communication at Royal College ofMusic and University College ofOpera in Stockholm to working as singer, actor and stage director in theatre, opera and musical. In the early years he was a choir conductor andcoach/conductor of musical theatre.  2013 he is working as opera singer at Folkoperan, Stockholm and has directed Master and Margarita of Bulkagov. 

Teaches at: Royal College of Music, Stockholm


Krista Pyykönen (born in Helsinki, Finland) graduated from the international NAIP- European Master of Music- program at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH) in 2013. Krista has studied the classical violin with Cecilia Zilliacus, Sonja van Beek and Bartosz Cajler, and participated in recent years in violin Master Classes with Federico Agostini, Olivier Pons and Alexander Vinnitsky. Krista studied at Prince Claus Conservatoire in the Netherlands in 2012. She has experimented on free-tonal improvisation with Michael Moore and Anto Pett, and participated in the European Improvisation Project in The Hague in 2012. Krista has performed in different ensembles at the Rencontres Musicales de Figeac- chamber music festival in 2008-2010, and recorded film scores to international motion pictures. Krista is a NAIP Leading & Guiding- module teacher and a group-mentor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She is also working on chamber music performance, improvisation, workshop leading and development for elderly people in nursing homes, as well as violin pedagogy at Stockholm music schools.  Krista is continuing her research on creative participatory music workshops for elderly people with dementia, and has also studied the effects of left-handedness in violin playing and violin pedagogy on her Bachelor Thesis in 2010. Krista has given lectures on her research subjects at the National Gerontology Conference of the University of Helsinki in 2013, as well as at the Annual Convention of the National String Teachers’ Association in Finland in 2011. 

Teaches at: Royal College of Music Stockholm


NAIP Partner Institutions

Ty Constante studied percussion under the direction of Mario Gaetano at Western Carolina University. He later joined the United States Peace Corps where he served as the music curriculum specialist to the Malawi Institute of Education in Malawi, Africa. He has studied and performed a wide range of musical styles outside of his western percussion background, including the traditional music of Bali, Brazil, Cuba, Ghana, Java, Malawi, South India, and Zimbabwe. He is an associate professor of ensembles and professional development at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Music in Singapore.

Teaches at: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music


Detta Danford is a flute player, composer and workshop leader. She is co-founder of contemporary music ensemble Jetsam and has performed as part of the Bishopsgate Emerging Artists Programme and the Bath International Festival in addition to performances at the Barbican Centre, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Wigmore Hall among others. In all areas of her practice, she is motivated by a fascination with and love of music making of all kinds, with artists, musicians and people from many different backgrounds and all walks of life. As a project leader, she has worked extensively with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Aldeburgh Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Singapore and Tokyo College of Music amongst others. She is member of MAP/Making, a collective of musicians and visual artists who come together to collaborate and to create new work and since 2008 she has co-led Future Band, an ensemble dedicated to creative collaborative writing for young people aged 8-18. Detta graduated with honours from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she now works with both the Masters in Music Leadership programme and undergraduate students.

Teaches at: Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Icelandic born Sigrun Saevarsdottir-Griffiths came to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 1997. Since her graduation in 2000 she has worked as a music facilitator and workshop leader for various arts organisations such as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, English National Ballet, Bath International Music Festival, BBC, ITV and Reykjavik Arts Festival.  
A large part of Sigrun's professional life is now dedicated to the training of professional musicians and teachers, as she leads professional training courses in England and across Europe. Sigrun is Programme Leader of the Leadership Course at the Guildhall where she also teaches at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. She is principal tutor of the Music Society and Education course at The Icelandic Academy of Arts.

Teaches at: Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Iceland Academy of the Arts

Tapani Heikinheimo teaches the violoncello and pedagogy in the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences music department. Before his present position he was a senior lecturer in Helsinki conservatoire and teacher for pedagogy in the Sibelius Academy. He studied with prof.  Erkki Rautio (Sibelius Academy) and Tibor de Machula (Amsterdamn). He performs constantly as a soloist and in chamber music concerts. He completed his dissertation at the Sibelius Academy in November 2009. The interest of the study is focused on instrumental lessons and on the student teacher interaction process. For the interaction process the study introduces and discusses intensity of interaction as a description and a developmental tool. In his work, Tapani Heikinheimo guides students, who prepare their solo repertoire for recitals, and who study pedagogy. For both purposes he has been using collaborated methods such as improvisation. He is in charge of the Improvisation program, which has now become an obligatory study as part of the bachelor degree programme at the Metropolia. Presently Tapani Heikinheimo improvises also in concerts with other musicians. He is the member of the “Liikutus” project of the University of the Arts Helsinki, in which musicians, dancers, artists and light designers interact by means of improvisation. 

Teaches at: Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Scott Currie studied saxophone and flutes with J.D. Parran and Ken McIntyre (B.A. State University of New York / College at Old Westbury), and ethnomusicology with Gage Averill and Donna Buchanan (M.A. & Ph.D. New York University). His research and creative activities to date have focused on participant-observation studies of avant-garde jazz practice in New York City and Berlin, as well as historical-ethnographic studies of Ornette Coleman’s collaborations with the Master Musicians of Jajouka, Morocco. He has served as associate director of the Vision Festival, an independent avant-garde arts festival in New York, and founded the Sound Vision Orchestra, in which he performed on saxophones with guest artist-composers including Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Alan Silva, and Marty Ehrlich.

Teaches at: University of Minnesota