Biography

Philosopher of music 
Author
Lecturer
Musician
Dramaturg
Podcast maker
Ethicist
Tomas Serrien writes about music, society and philosophy. In 2015 he won the Geert Grote Pen, a prize awarded to the best Dutch master’s thesis in philosophy. His thesis was the inspiration for his debut book Klank: een filosofie van de muzikale ervaring (Sound: a philosophy of musical experience), published in December 2017. Klank received a lot of good reviews, was nominated for a reader's prize and already is in its fourth print run.

In October 2019 the book Verdwaald in verlichting (Lost in Enlightenment) was published, which he wrote for Borgerhoff & Lamberigts in collaboration with imam Khalid Benhaddou and political philosopher Patrick Loobuyck. In January 2020 he made the five-part podcast series 'The Magic of Listening' for Klara radio. In October 2020 he made the podcast series 'Orentroost' together with Consouling Sounds. 

In 2021 he was the dramaturg for the music theater ZELLE by the British-Chinese composer Jamie Man and the Swiss writer Peter Stamm.

In April 2022, the book Hoor (Listen) was published by Houtekiet/VBK. In this book, Tomas tries to find out why we prefer to listen to sounds that sound familiar to us. He selected more than 130 hours of music for this work.

With the creation of the independent website Mirari, he developed an online platform for free dialogue. Tomas regularly gives lectures, works on various interdisciplinary projects about music and is a drummer in several bands. In his daily life, he works as a ethicist for a social work organisation. 

Photo: © Daniil Lavrovski