Valorization in arts

Publication date 24.01.2012

“Schumann – the dancing poet”

In 2003, Piet Kuijken, a professor at the Royal Brussels Conservatory (Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel), initiated a research project on the performance of piano works by Robert Schumann, composed in the years 1838-1839.

The project included several stages: a detailed study of the musical and historical sources, a sketch of the historical context, in-depth analysis of the scores intended to feed into detailed work on interpretation, and finally the translation of this preparatory work onto a genuine historical instrument, the Streicher pianoforte. This translation was recorded in 2009 on a double CD, produced by and in collaboration with the record label Fuga Libera. 

Since then, Piet Kuijken has been invited many times for lecture-performances and concerts, in Belgium and abroad, as well as for interviews on radio and television.

These activities – which could be classified as the ‘valorization’ of his research – provide an opportunity for Piet Kuijken to present his research activities to a larger audience, and to emphasize the value of artistic research in general. 

In 2010-2011, a research project conducted by scholars from the VUB, K.U.Leuven and the University of Antwerp, focused on knowledge transfer and knowledge mobilization (‘valorization’ of research) in human sciences and the arts in Flemish Higher Education institutes. Together with 19 others, Piet Kuijken’s project was chosen as an outstanding illustration of the meaning and importance of ‘valorization’ in the domain of artistic research.

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