René van Peerjournalistat Self-employed
René van Peer is a music journalist from the Netherlands. He writes about improvised and contemporary composed music, world music, and sound art. He contributes to newspapers and magazines, and writes program notes for several Dutch venues, such as the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He contributes texts and pre-concert talks to the annual Holland Festival. Leonardo and Musicworks published his articles and reviews. Since 2014 he writes articles and reviews for the Belgian/Dutch non-mainstream music magazine Gonzo (circus). In 1993 Het Apollohuis, the renowned Dutch venue for innovative art and music in Eindhoven, published his book Interviews with sound artists. Between 1991 and 2007 he initiated and produced radio programmes for the Dutch broadcasting organisation VPRO, covering a wide variety of styles and topics. These included a three-hour broadcast on sound artist Pierre Bastien, a four-hour item around the phenomon of metal, and an 11-hour marathon broadcast on ‘music and nature’, for which he did all the research. He is artistic adviser for composers, ensembles and festivals. From 2011 through 2019 he was a member of the music committee of a major cultural foundation in the Netherlands, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.