Erwin Roebroeks (b. 1969) works as a writer, researcher and curator specialised in music and opera. He studied business communication and comparative arts science. Roebroeks was a critic for the German music magazine Neue Zeitschrift für Musik and wrote programme notes and essays for institutions such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Bavarian State Opera. He created the programmes for various music festivals and was guest curator at La Biennale di Venezia. In 2021 he published I Compulse, on the obsessive compulsive disorder with which he suffered as a young adult and from which he was eventually cured.
Recent title – English material
Ik dwang: Genezen van een obsessief-compulsieve stoornis (I Compulse: Cured of OCD), 2021
Interview Algemeen Dagblad:
‘Roebroeks was in the clinic for seven months. “Amazing. I was getting better, losing one compulsion after another. The therapists were strict, and my saviours. I had to do, to an extreme degree, everything I was afraid of – no escape.” Roebroeks learned that his extremely low self-esteem was his underlying problem. “When the compulsion was gone, we could work on that with exercises and therapy.”’