Master’s programme Live Electronics, Amsterdam Conservatory


The Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA) started a high-level master’s programme in September 2012.

It is designed to accommodate the aspirations of performers from any musical background who wish to specialise in combining their traditional instruments with live electronic extensions. The programme is primarily designed for performers with a music-driven interest in electronics and technology, which could also include, for instance, ‘laptopists’ as long as they can show proficiency in music theory and performance practice.

In a world in which electronics are more and more present, and at the same time more accessible and affordable, there is an increasing interest in musicians that can deal with (live) electronics.

The Amsterdam  two-year master’s programme will provide profound education in combining the traditional instrument with live electronic extensions. Through balanced training in using dedicated soft and hardware on one hand and the traditional instrument on the other, students will be enabled to develop their artistic, creative and technological skills in an area which asks for consistent development. Performance, composition, improvisation, multimedia, music technology, computer programming, synthesiser programming, new and vintage hardware, theatre are key subjects.

The programme is completely cross-genre and is not biased towards just one music style or tradition.

Lessons, lectures, workshops are given by an experienced team of CvA teachers, teachers from STEIM and special guest teachers from all around the world.

Closing date for applications is May 15th 2013
Entrance exams will be held on May 29th 2013 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Detailed information about admission requirements can be found at:



Jos Zwaanenburg (co-ordinator)
Jorge Isaac
Jorrit Tamminga
Marcel Wierckx
Frank Baldé (STEIM)
Jonathan Reus (STEIM)

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