Krista de Wit (née Pyykönen) received her doctorate in November 2020 from the University of Music & Performing Arts in Vienna (AT). She works as a member of the research group Music in Context of Research Centre Art & Society and as a teacher at Prince Claus Conservatoire at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (NL). Krista´s PhD-research focuses on the meaning of participatory person-centered music practices for healthcare professionals working in elderly care settings. Central questions for the research are, what live music practices mean for the well-being and learning of care professionals both in elderly care homes and in hospitals, and how they can contribute to the work of the care professionals, hence to the quality of care.
Beste Sevindik is a researcher in the Lectorate Lifelong Learning in Music connected to the Kenniscentrum Kunst & Samenleving at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (NL). She studied violin at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory in Turkey and completed her Master's degree at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen. As a chamber and orchestra musician, she has performed throughout Europe and Turkey. In addition to her work on stage, Beste regularly performs in socially engaged projects, such as working with patients and health care staff on surgical wards and with elderly people with dementia and their caretakers in residential homes as well as in virtual space. She is engaged in research in both these practices.