About Locomus

The Locomus Network, or ‘Low Countries Music Research Network’, was initially set up by Dr. Rebecca Schaefer (Leiden), Prof. Henkjan Honing (Amsterdam), Prof Marc Leman (Ghent) and Prof. Sonja Kotz (Maastricht) to facilitate communication and collaboration between researchers who are geographically close and have shared interests and stimulate cross-disciplinary interactions. Network members are mainly based in The Netherlands, Belgium, and other nearby regions. The network has two main goals, that each comprise several elements: Firstly, the goal of stimulating high-quality research through collaboration and interdisciplinary dialogue, and secondly, the goal of education, training and outreach, through support of early-career researchers, open interactions with artists and musicians, and public science communication efforts. We strive for inclusivity in terms of disciplines, bridging methodological gaps and complementing each other’s expertise, as the topic of music is inherently multifaceted. We aim to provide not only a connection between researchers, but also a resource for those interested in music research.

The network is spread over 5 countries, has more than 80 members who in turn are spread over more than 30 different institutes and other affiliations (open the map item menu with the icon on the top left).

The members of this network have the goal of stimulating interdisciplinary dialogue and cross-disciplinary interactions. When you feel the need to contact a member, there is a link in the bio under their name. Feel free to email the members for direct questions and contact.  

Locomus Belgium

University of Antwerp

Amit Gur 

Amit Gur (Israel, 1987) is a composer, a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Antwerp, and a member of the Music Perception and Cognition Lab at McGill University (2020-2021). Amit did his BA studies in composition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and his MA in composition at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he currently teaches.  

Amit research focuses on developing a perceptual theory for the phenomenon of musical texture. The research is interdisciplinary and relates to music theory, music cognition, and the philosophy of perception.  

Jeska Buhmann  

Jeska Buhmann is working as a postdoctoral researcher at CLiPS (University of Antwerp). Her focus is on language interaction between humans and conversational agents. She obtained her master’s degree at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, in the field of Language, Speech & Informatics, specializing in the prediction of intonation for single sentences with recurrent neural networks. In the past, she worked at IPEM (Ghent University), focusing on the interaction between human walking or running and music, and on musical interaction in general.  

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Geraint Wiggins 

Geraint A. Wiggins studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and holds PhDs in Artificial Intelligence and in Musical Composition, from the University of Edinburgh. He is Professor of Computational Creativity in the Artificial Intelligence Lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Previously, he was Head of the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London. He is Associate Editor (English) of Musicae Scientiae, the journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, a consulting editor of Music Perception and an editorial board member of the Journal of New Music Research. From 2000 to 2004, he chaired the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour, the UK learned society for Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, and from 2004 to 2014, he chaired the international Association for Computational Creativity, of whose Journal he is now Editor-in-Chief. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is the Founding Chair of the Dilys Trust, a charity that helps intellectually able but economically disadvantaged young people in the UK attend top class universities.  
Geraint has worked in artificial intelligence, computer music, and cognitive science since 1984. He was one of the founders of the research field of computational creativity, which studies creative intelligence, and was the first in the world to hold a named professorial chair in that research area. His current work relates to cognitive architectures that explicate the relationship between perception, learning and creativity, in sequential domains, most notably language and music.  

Andrea Ravignani

Who’s got rhythm, and why? In my research, I investigate the evolutionary and biological bases of time perception and rhythm cognition, and their role in the origins of music and speech. I do behavioural (non-invasive) experiments in non-human animals, which is a way to understand the evolutionary history of human cognitive capacities. I complement animal research with human experiments, quantitative models, and agent-based simulations.

Ghent University

Marc Lehman


Edith van Dyck (IPEM, dept. of Musicology) 

Dr. Edith Van Dyck holds a PhD in Musicology from IPEM and currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the same institute. Since 2009, she has been focusing on action-perception coupling in musical interaction. Her work mainly aims to explore the impact of musical features, as well as emotions, on human movement (e.g., dance, running, and walking).  

From 2013 until 2016, she collaborated in BeatHealth, a European project exploiting the link between rhythmical auditory information and movement for boosting motor performance and enhancing health and wellness.  

Since 2018, she is a co-promotor on the POPHARS project (Belspo), which aims to obtain a comprehensive understanding of how festival attendees and festival stakeholders perceive drug and alcohol related interventions implemented at music festivals.  

In 2020, she also joined the CONBOTS team. In this European project, innovative robotic technology, wearable sensors and machine learning techniques are employed in order to design human-human and human-robot interaction paradigms and apply them in augmented learning situations of beginning musicians.  

Dr. Giusy Caruso (IPEM, dept. of Musicology) 


Joren Six (IPEM, dept. of Musicology) 

Dr. Joren Six is a postdoctoral research fellow at IPEM, a Ghent University research institute for systematic musicology. He holds a MA in Computer Science and a PhD in Musicology. His research is situated in the fields of Music Informatics, Music Information Retrieval and Computational Ethnomusicology. 

His PhD explored the interplay of music research and computational methods: Engineering systematic musicology: methods and services for computational and empirical music research 

After his PhD defense, early 2018, Joren remained at IPEM as post-doc involved in several projects: an European project (Horizon 2020) involving music instrument teaching and robotics: CONBOTS, a valorization project together with the sports science department of UGent (Nano4 sports. Now most of his time is spent on a three year Digital Humanities project: PaPiOM: Patterns in Pitch organization in music, a BOF – UGhent funded mandate. 

Kelsey Onderdijk  (IPEM, dept. of Musicology) 

Kelsey is currently working as a PhD student at IPEM. After completing a bachelor in Musicology and a research master in Brain and Cognitive Sciences (both obtained at the University of Amsterdam), she is now using her interdisciplinary approach to study the field of embodied music cognition. Although her interests convey a wide variety, her main focus at IPEM has been on feelings of unity and social connectedness. The aim of her PhD is to aid construction of augmented music realities where these feelings are facilitated and fostered.  

Leon van Noorden (IPEM, dept. of Musicology) 

Maastricht  1945, Technical Physics, TU Eindhoven 1970,  Doctorate at Institute for Perception Research 1975 with the thesis “Temporal Coherence in the Preception of Tone Sequences”, which has become one of the stepping stones for the now important area Auditory Scene Analysis (see Al Bregman’s book). My promotor was prof. dr. Jan Schouten, known for his Residue Pitch Perception theory. Between 1970 and 1975 I was also coordinator of the Werkgroep Muziek Perceptie van de Stichting Psychonomie. In this working group project proposals for the Netherlands Organisation for Pure Scientific Research were presented and disussed by the leading researchers, professors and composers in the area of Music Perception, which was very blooming in that time. For me Locomus seems like an awakening of this period. My PhD was followed by a postdoc in the directorate of Max Matthews in Bell Labs, New MaJersey 1075-1976 on Pitch Memory and Two Channel Pitch Perception. After a working life for the Blind, the Dutch PTT (Post and Telecoms) and the European Commission I could “early retire” to the Institute for Psycho-Acoustics and Eletronic Music – IPEM – beginning 2005. I worked on Resonance in the Perception of the Musical Pulse, Walking to Music, The development of the Rhythm Resonance in Children between 3 and 11 years old, and finally on The Influence of Relaxing Music on Heart Beat and Respiration, for which I did an experiment in Popayan, Colombia.  

My whole life was embellished by my cello, my computer driven musical installations and the Maciunas Ensemble.  

Luc Nijs (IPEM, dept. of Musicology) 


Mattia Rosso (IPEM, dept. of Musicology) 

I obtained my Master’s degree in Body and Mind Sciences at University of Turin (Italy), where I spent one year as Research Assistant among MANIBUS Lab under the supervision of prof. Francesca Garbarini. During that period of hands-on experience with EEG setup, montage and data processing, I got familiar with behavioral and event-related potentials (ERPs) paradigms for investigating multi-sensory integration, motor control, body and space representation.

My main research interest is interaction with music approached from the perspective of Psychology and Neurosciences, which brought me at IPEM Institute for Systematic Musicology to start a PhD in December 2018.

My work with music has the purpose of investigating behavioral and neural coordination dynamics between people engaged in interaction. I am also interested in the neural correlates underlying entrainment and music perception. The methods of my research mainly consist of a combination of kinematic and electroencefalography (EEG) analyses from interactive musical scenarios.

I am currently testing a new behavioral paradigm meant to disclose a layout of preferred coordination patterns between two subjects during a rhythmic interaction, to detect changes in intrinsic dynamics induced by training and to validate reinforcement learning strategies based on music. EEG investigation will be implemented in hyperscanning setups in a further stage. During this first year of PhD, I am delving into dynamical system theory, learning EEG analysis techniques and acquiring skills in programming (MATLAB, Arduino, Python) and signal routing to implement experiments in autonomy within the facilities offered by IPEM.​

Micheline Lesaffre (IPEM, dept. of Musicology) 

The research of dr. Micheline Lesaffre is related to the domain of health and wellbeing. Her focus is on person-centered approaches to embodied music interaction-based interventions. Apart from theoretical contributions, she has been working on the measurement and analysis of music-movement interaction in persons with neurodegenerative diseases, such as persons with dementia and persons with acquired brain injury (e.g. stroke, trauma). For that purpose, a measurement tool (the music balance board) was developed for the assessment of movement and synchronisation. Various collaborations have been set up with the department of physical therapy and motor rehabilitation of Ghent University (REVAKI), and with several residential care centers in Belgium and France. An international cooperation has been set up with the PSITEC (psychology: interactions, time, emotions, cognition) research team of University of Lille 3, France.  

More info and publications:  


Pieter-Jan Maes  (IPEM, dept. of Musicology) 

Pieter-Jan Maes is research professor at IPEM, Ghent University, Belgium. My research is situated in the field of systematic musicology, focusing on embodied and social interaction with music. I belief strongly in the potential of new technologies – particularly these related to extended reality (XR) -, and of dynamical system theory to uncover fundamental aspects of social music interaction and the deep sense and experiences music offers to human beings. In line with fundamental insights, I try to develop an art and science approach to the development of new artistic-creative practices rooted in emerging technologies, again particularly XR-focused, including interactive 3D audio. Parallel to my research, I teach in the Art Sciences program at Ghent University, including courses on acoustics and sonology, and musical action and perception.  

Valerio Lorenzoni (IPEM, dept. of Musicology) 



Anemone van Zijl 

Department of Health, Education and Social Work: Anemone works as a postdoctoral researcher in the international research project. Music for Social Impact: Practitioners’ Contexts, Work and Beliefs.  She has a background in Arts and Social Sciences (BA with distinction and MPhil,  Maastricht University, The Netherlands) and Music Psychology (MSc with distinction,  Keele University, United Kingdom). She obtained her PhD from the University of  Jyväskylä in Finland. Her research focuses on the effect of performers’ emotions on performance characteristics and audience experience.  She worked as a lecturer at the department of Music Education at the Maastricht Conservatory of Music, and at the department of Music Therapy at the HAN  University of Applied Sciences. She has been research advisor of the ‘Creative Minds’ project, a consortium of researchers investigating the effects of art therapies on psycho-physiological processes at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.  


Sylvie Nozaradan 

Sylvie Nozaradan, M.D. Ph.D., is Professor at the Institute of Neuroscience of UCLouvain (Belgium) since September 2018. The same year, she was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council to develop her research on rhythm and the brain at UCLouvain. Previously, she received an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council to conduct her research for three years at the MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University (Australia). She has a double Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLouvain and Montreal University (Canada), for her work on the neural bases of rhythmic entrainment. She has a dual background: in music (master in piano, Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Belgium) and science (medical doctor, UCLouvain).
Sylvie’s research group, the Rhythm & Brains Lab, aims to better understand the brain processes responsible for the ability of humans to perceive and move to musical rhythm. To this aim, they use functional neuroimaging techniques (scalp and intracerebral EEG, functional MRI) and non-invasive neuromodulation techniques (transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS, transcutaneous direct current stimulation) combined with novel techniques to selectively tag the brain activity in response to rhythmic sensory inputs such as music, rhythmic visual objects, rhythmic tactile input or rhythmic movement of the body. The goal of this research is to understand how the human brain is able to make sense of and produce musical rhythm, how this ability is influenced by a number of factors such as cultural background, inter-individual differences, musical training, recent context, attention or body movement. Moreover, we investigate how our ability for musical rhythm is affected by lesions in particular areas of the brain, and in turn how musical rhythm can help brain-damaged patients to recover from auditory or motor deficits.

Locomus the Netherlands

University of Amsterdam

Prof. Dr. Henk-Jan Honing (Department of musicology / ILLC)


Fleur Bouwer (Department of Psychology)

Fleur Bouwer is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), interested in the cognitive neuroscience of music in general, and rhythm cognition in particular. She was awarded a personal NWO Veni grant in 2020 to examine how the human brain forms temporal expectations in musical rhythm. In 2016, Fleur obtained her PhD on the topic of beat perception at the UvA, supervised by Prof. Dr. Henkjan Honing. She continued her work on expectations in rhythm on a personal ABC Talent grant at the UvA and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, supervised by Prof. Dr. Heleen Slagter. Fleur has a combined background in music (as a performing clarinettist) and cognitive neuroscience. In her research, she combines her fascination for the human brain and passion for music, while using techniques such as EEG and fMRI to uncover the neural underpinnings of rhythmic behavior. In addition to her work as a researcher, Fleur is an enthusiastic and experienced educator, both in teaching courses at the bachelor and master level, and as a public speaker.  

Makiko Sadakata (Department of Musicology) 

I am one of the core research members of Music Cognition Group at the University of Amsterdam (hosted by prof. Henkjan Honing). My main research focus is what is music and how it differs from other sonic experiences, such as speech and environmental sounds. My other research interests include embodied music cognition, sound learning, speech acquisition, the effect of BGM, rhythm perception and production. I also teach and coordinate several music cognition courses at the musicology department of UvA.  

ArtEZ University of the Arts/VU University Amsterdam

Arthur Jaschke

Dr. Artur C. Jaschke Professor (Lector) music-based therapies and interventions at the department of Music Therapy at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Enschede the Netherlands, specialising in the interrelation of music, executive functions and brain maturation in clinical and non clinical populations as well as visiting researcher cognitive neuroscience of music at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University Medical Center Groningen. Additionally, he is visiting fellow clinical Neuromusicology at the VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in the department of Clinical Neuropsychology.  Affiliations: 

ArtEZ University of the Arts, Department of Music Therapy 

Beatrix Children’s Hospital – University Medical Centre, Department of Neonatology 

Should you need any  additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.  

Hanzehogeschool Groningen
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Deniz Başkent (UMCG) 

Prof. dr. Deniz Başkent is a professor in Audiology group of Otorhinolaryngology Department of University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. A strong motivation for Başkent is to understand complex mechanisms of speech communication, and with this knowledge to improve quality of life for children and adults with hearing impairment. Originally an electrical and biomedical engineer, prof. Başkent’s current research covers a wide range of areas related to sound and speech perception and hearing loss across the lifespan, and has been continually funded by NWO/ZonMw and EU grants. The projects include both fundamental research on interactions of perceptual and cognitive mechanisms in normal and impaired hearing and in children and adults, as well as clinical applications, such as bringing new rehabilitation tools (music training, humanoid robots) to patient populations.  

E.C. (Elif Canseza) Kaplan (UMCG)


Ellie Harding (UMCG, Prins Claus Conservatoire / Hanze Hogeschool)


Leiden University

Dr. Rebecca Schaefer (Institute for Psychology)

Rebecca Schaefer is an Associate Professor in Clinical Neuropsychology as well as the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, and leads the ’Music, Brain, Health & Technology’ group. Their research is mainly focused on clinical applications of music and the related neural processes, as well as the possibilities of novel technological advances towards the use of music technology for health. Examples of topic areas are moving to music, music imagery, and effects of music on other functions, such as cognition or reward, but also the underlying principles of learning musical skills. Before coming to Leiden University, she held a SAGE Jr research fellowship at UC Santa Barbara, USA, and a European Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, UK. More information on her research and the group is available at www.rebeccaschaefer.net.  

Maastricht University

Antonio Criscuolo 

Antonio Criscuolo is a PhD candidate at Maastricht University, under supervision of Prof. Sonja Kotz. Their projects, in the field of cognitive and auditory neuroscience, focus on investigating the neural bases of rhythm and beat perception, sensorimotor and predictive processes and body-brain interactions. They employ high-temporal resolution imaging techniques (M/EEG, non-invasive brain stimulation, ECG, etc), cutting-edge analysis methods and conduct translational (healthy and clinical population) as well as comparative (macaque monkey) research.   You can find more about Antonio at:  www.band-lab.com

Sonja Kotz 

Sonja A. Kotz is a translational cognitive and affective neuroscientist, who investigates the  

neural and behavioural foundations of prediction (temporal and formal) in multiple domains  

(perception, action, music, speech, communication) in healthy and clinical populations. She also pursues comparative research (macaque monkey, rat, seal) on the evolution of time and rhythm processing in their own right but also as the building blocks of higher-level cognitive processes (music, speech). In her research she uses cutting edge behavioural and neuroimaging techniques (E/MEG, s/fMRI, TMS) and analyses. She holds a Chair in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at Maastricht University (UM), is the Section Head of Neuropsychology and the Chair of the Research Council at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at UM, holds honorary professorships at the University of Manchester (UK), University of Leipzig (Germany), University of Lisbon (Portugal), associate fellowships and positions at Georgetown University (Washington, D.C., USA) and the International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research (BRAMS, Montreal, Canada), works on the editorial board of several impact journals (e.g., Neuroimage, Cortex, PLoS ONE etc.), and serves as a panel chair/member on several European grant agencies. You can find more about Sonja and her team at:  www.band-lab.com.  

Dr. Katerina Danae Kandylaki  

I am a trained linguist and cognitive neuroscientist. My research is motivated by theories in the neurobiology of language and realised in naturalistic experimental designs. In this way the results provide insights about our everyday language experience. I am especially interested in the common mechanisms between the cognitive domains of language and music processing, and in specific rhythm perception. In terms of methods I have experience with fMRI, EEG, and TMS. My aspirations for next research projects are related to rhythm in perception and production, as well as across modalities of auditory, visual, and motor processing.  


Lab: BAND-lab https://band-lab.com/  

Rachel Brown 


Max Planck Institute
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Mohammad Talebi

Mohammad Talebi is a PhD researcher of music communicology at the Institute for Science in Society (ISiS), Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands and Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM), Department of Musicology, Ghent University, Belgium. His research project is Choreomusicology: Interaction between dancers and musical rhythm in classical ballet female variations.

Mohammad holds a Bachelor in Production of the Film and Television Program, a Master in Research on Communication, and a Master in Social Communication Sciences. He is also a musician, music teacher, and researcher. One of his master’s theses and his books are about news music recognition. Mohammad occupied Iran’s National Television (IRIB) as a producer, director, film editor, and the news department’s video editing unit manager. Simultaneously, he collaborated with the various TV training departments as a Coordinator, Teacher, and one of the Course and Questions Designers for news occupations.  

Open University

Dr.  Anna-Eva Prick  

Anna-Eva Prick, PhD is assistent professor Clinical Psychology at the Open University, lecturer and senior researcher at KenVak research Centre, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and HAN University of Applied Sciences (bachelor and master of Art Therapies). She is also affiliated with the Music As Medicine Foundation of Erasmus MC and a board member of the elderly psychyology section of the Netherlands Institute for Psychology (NIP). Anna-Eva focuses on practice-based and evidence-based research within the psychology of the elderly. Expertise in the field of psychosocial support interventions for people with dementia and their informal caregivers with special attention to music (therapy) interventions. Current studies in which Anna-Eva is involved focus on measuring effectiveness (RCT) and the implementation of music (therapy) for people with dementia living in a nursing home, but also for people with dementia living at home with a caregiver.  

University of Utrecht

Berit Janssen

Berit Janssen is a computational musicologist with a keen interest in music prediction and musical expectations. In order to understand the cognitive processes involved in perceiving and processing music, she studies computational models for these processes. She obtained a Master degree in Musicology and English Literature at Hamburg University. For her PhD, she conducted research on stability and variation in folk song melodies at the Meertens Institute and the University of Amsterdam. She defended her dissertation titled “Retained or Lost in Transmission? Analyzing and Predicting Stability in Dutch Folk Songs” in 2018. She presented at various international conferences, such as ISMIR and SMPC, and published her work in proceedings and journals. Since 2017, she has been working as a scientific programmer for the Digital Humanities Lab at Utrecht University.  

Anja Volk

Anja Volk (MA, MSc, PhD), Associate Professor in Information and Computing Sciences (Utrecht University) has a dual background in mathematics and musicology which she applies to cross-disciplinary approaches to music. She has an international reputation in the areas of music information retrieval (MIR), computational musicology, and mathematical music theory. Her work has helped bridge the gap between scientific and humanistic approaches tot he study of music while working in interdisciplinary research teams in Germany, the USA and the Netherlands. In 2011, she started her own research group at Utrecht University at the intersection of MIR, musicology and cognition. Her research aims at enhancing our understanding of music as a fundamental human trait while applying these insights for developing music technologies that offer new ways of interacting with music. She has co-founded several international initiatives, most notably the International Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music (SMCM), the flagship journal of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (TISMIR), and the Women in MIR (WIMIR) mentoring program.  

Yke Schotanus 

Yke Paul Schotanus (Scheveningen, 1963) is an affiliated researcher at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) at Utrecht University. In 2020 he was awarded a PhD for his dissertation: Singing as a figure of speech, music as punctuation: A study into music as a means to support the processing of sung language. His research area is the effect of singing on focusing on and memorizing texts, the interpretation of those texts, and the consequences of this on the position of sung texts in education, health care and literature. He is also a teacher of Dutch language and literature, author, writing coach, and singer-songwriter. 


Merel Vercammen

Violiste Merel Vercammen studeerde cum laude af aan het Royal College of Music in Londen. Daarnaast behaalde ze een Master of Science in Music Mind and Brain aan Goldsmiths, University of London, en een Master of Art in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship aan de Erasmus Universiteit. Vercammen combineert haar interesses in de oprichting van het SNAAR festival, een festival over de verbinding tussen wetenschap en muziek, dat in 2022 zijn eerste editie zal beleven in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.  

Als violiste was Vercammen prijswinnares van de London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, het Nationaal Concours van de Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland en het Prinses Christina Concours. Ze trad op over de hele wereld en speelde in concertzalen als het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, de Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg en de Wigmore Hall in Londen. 

Maart 2019 verscheen haar debuutalbum Symbiosis met pianiste Dina Ivanova bij Gutman Records, dat love-nde recensies ontving in de pers en de Volkskrant album top 40 van 2019 haalde. In september volgde het album The Zoo, waarop Merel iets doet wat niet gebruikelijk is in de klassieke muziek: alle tracks zijn geïmproviseerd. Ook dit album werd lovend ontvangen.  

Boni Rietveld

President Dutch Performing Arts Medicine Association (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Dans en Mzuiek Geneeskunde – NVDMG)  

Boni Rietveld (1952, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire for Music in The Hague (trumpet, 1976), of Leiden University (MD, 1978, PhD, 2017) and a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon (Leiden, 1987). He specialised in dancers’ and musicians’ injuries, a.o. with W.G.Hamilton, orthopaedic surgeon of the New York City Ballet Company. His doctoral thesis ‘Performing Arts Medicine with a focus on Relevé in Dancers’ is to be found online via Leiden University Libraries at the following link: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/58767  

He is the founder of the Medical Centre for Dancers and Musicians (MCDM), which celebrated its 25th jubilee on April 1st, 2018 in The Hague Medical Centre (HMC) and where he has worked till October 1st, 2018. Mr.Rietveld was involved full time in Performing Arts Medicine as a clinician, and since he retired from clinical work still is active as a researcher and teacher, and in the international organisational Performing Arts Medicine field. He is a member of the ‘Kuratorium’ of Tanz  Medizin Deutschland (tamed), past president (2007-2009) of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), since 2005 president of the Dutch Performing Arts Medicine Association (NVDMG) and since 2018 a board member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA).  

In 2015 mr.Rietveld was awarded a high royal honour of merit, ‘Officer in de Orde van Oranje Nassau’, for his tireless efforts to improve healthcare for dancers and musicians, both nationally and internationally. He is the author of the chapter on orthopaedic dance- and musicians-medicine in ‘Orthopedie’, the Dutch handbook of orthopaedics (4th edition, due 2019), editorial board-member of MPPA and JDMS, and publishes regularly in medical scientific and popular magazines.  

Besides his orthopaedic work he performs and records regularly as a trumpeter. He is married, has two children and four grandchildren.  

Locomus France

University of Lille

Severine Samson


Dellacherie Delphine 

University of Lyon

Anna Fiveash 

I’m a cognitive psychologist interested in the diverse connections, overlap, and shared resources between music and language, and how we can use the connections between these universally valuable domains to uncover underlying cognitive processes in the brain. I’m particularly interested in the intriguing similarities between music and language for hierarchical structure building, rhythm, prediction, and memory, and what these similarities (and differences) can tell us about the brain. I use methods and insights from experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience, using software including Matlab, R, and Python for behavioural and electroencephalography analysis. I currently work as a postdoc at the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center in the Auditory Cognition and Psychoacoustics team.  


Locomus Australia

University of Melbourne

Benjamin Glenn Schultz  

 My research interests include how people learn rhythmic sequences, entrain and move to the beat, and coordinate their speech and actions with others. In particular, I am interested in how people adapt the timing of their sound productions in speech and music performance. I am also interested in how speech changes with neurodegenerative disease and using speech acoustics to identify diseases and monitor disease progression.  

Locomus Canada

University of British Columbia