Thea Derks studied musicology at Amsterdam University, and specializes in contemporary music. She lectured on new music in Amsterdam Concertgebouw from 2005-2012, and has moderated pre-concert talks in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ from its opening in 2005. There she also hosted several contemporary music courses. She advocates women composers, and published the much lauded biography Reinbert de Leeuw: mens of melodie in 2014.
She is a radio reporter for the classical station Radio 4 and makes and presents the monthly programme Panorama de Leeuw on Concertzender.
Derks writes for Dutch music magazines, ensembles, orchestras & concert halls, and for websites such as
I Care if You Listen
Muziekvan.nu (off-line since January 2017)
Somextro (off-line since May 2017)