Women composers versus the classical canon?

11 November 2022 | 11:45 - 12:45Filmzaal 2

Panel text in Dutch

A panel title with a question mark! So that this conversation will be more than a sigh around the observation that the female composer is practically invisible in the image of ‘the classical composer’. Led by Veerle Spronck, associate professor at HKU, the speakers on this panel will look at the influence of the canon from a historical perspective, as a social construct and as an influence on the younger generation and how they are educated.


Elizaveta Agrafenina (soprano, curator Bosmans and Beyond, NO). Elizaveta’s career is divided in operatic, lied and chamber music directions. She took a part of the Young Artist Program at Bergen National Opera in Norway and has since 2017 sung in several productions, such as Werther by Massenet, La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart and Die Lustige Witwe by Lehar. Her recent success was in The Netherlands, where she toured together with Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Stijn Berkouwer. She successfully performed at venues such as Muziekgebouw aan het IJ and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, with music by Henriëtte Bosmans and a new commissioned piece by Ramin Amin Tafreshi. For the season of 2022/2023, Elizaveta is singing in several chamber music festivals in Europe and recording with three different labels, projects such as From Jewish Folk Poetry, Missing Voices and Bosmans & Beyond.

Genevieve Murphy (composer, GB). Genevieve (1988, Scotland) studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Glasgow, Junior School followed by Birmingham Conservatoire for Bachelor of Music. She received a Masters in Composition at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 2013 and currently lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.Genevieve is known to combine performance art/visual art with contemporary classical music and her concepts are frequently based around psychology, and disability. As well as an independent maker she has collaborated and performed with visual artists, free improvisers, choreographers and producers and has toured internationally with London based visual artist Martin Creed.

Veerle Spronck. Veerle Spronck works as associate professor Valuable Entrepreneurship in and through the Arts at HKU (University of the Arts Utrecht). She investigates the societal value(s) of the arts, and teaches artistic research and philosophy of technology. In July 2022, Veerle obtained her PhD at the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music where she examined how Dutch orchestras experiment with artistically and societally relevant audience particiaption. Furthermore, together with Rosa Wevers, Veerle produces and hosts Kunstmatig, an independent podcast about arts and technology.

Rosa Wevers (PhD candidate in Gender Studies, Utrecht University, NL). Rosa Wevers is a PhD candidate in Gender Studies. For the project ‘Facing Surveillance: Artistic Strategies in Times of Control’ she analyzes how art exhibitions can make the complex cultural and political implications of surveillance visible and tangible. The project pays specific attention to the ways in which curators and exhibitions create awareness about surveillance-related processes of in- and exclusion. The project is supervised by Prof. dr. Rosemarie Buikema, Prof. dr. Beatrice de Graaf and dr. Evelyn Wan, and is financed by NWO PhD’s in the Humanities. Between 2017 and 2019, Rosa worked at Utrecht University as a teacher in Gender Studies, and as a coordinator of the Gender and Diversity Hub and the Museum of Equality and Difference (MOED).


Vrouwelijke componisten versus de canon?

Een paneltitel met een vraagteken! Opdat dit gesprek meer zal zijn dan een verzuchting bij de constatering dat de vrouwelijke componist praktisch onzichtbaar is in de beeldvorming rond “de klassieke componist”. Onder leiding van Veerle Spronck, associate lector Waarde(n)vol Ondernemen in en door de Kunsten aan de HKU, kijken de sprekers in dit panel naar de vrouwelijke componist uit historisch oogpunt, als sociaal construct en als invloed op de jonge generatie en hoe die opgeleid wordt.