Wouter Turkenburg, guitarist, musicologist, jazz history teacher, former head of the jazz department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands, Executive Director of the IASJ.

In 1977, graduated from the Conservatory in Arnhem, The Netherlands on classical guitar. In 1983, graduated 'cum laude' from the University of Amsterdam in musicology.
In 1985, left the position as assistant director of the Music Lyceum, the Amsterdam Music School, to become the head of the jazz department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands.
In 1989 starting to teach jazz history at the University of Utrecht as an associated professor. In 2002, starting to teach the history of jazz at the Leiden University as an elective for students of various faculties.

In 1989, saxophonist David Liebman initiated the IASJ, the International Association of Schools of Jazz: www.iasj.com Together with colleague Graham Collier, OBE, of the Royal Academy of Music in London, we officially founded the IASJ in 1992. From 1990 on, with me as chairman, Graham as Secretary, and David as artistic director, The IASJ organized the Annual IASJ Jazz Meeting in a different country around the word.

In September 2014, started research on the historiography of the history of jazz in Europe as a master of music student at the jazz department of the Royal Conservatory. A grant from the Ministry of Education in The Netherlands enabled me to enrol for two years to do the research component of the master of music study. Graduation was in June 2016.

Kurt Ellenberger en Wouter Turkenburg became the editors-in-chief of the IASJ Journal of Applied Jazz Research, published by Grand Valley State University Libraries.


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