Leonieke has studied at the University of Groningen, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Arts, Culture and Media specializing in the analysis and criticism of literature and music. In 2009 she received her research master’s degree in Literary and Cultural Studies, with a specialization in literary theory and musicology. In her thesis she examined the tension between the theoretical concepts of engagement and autonomy in the arts with a case study of the reception history of the Fifth symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich. From May 2010 until November 2012 she worked as a press officer for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Research interests include the role music and literature play in processes of cultural change and processes of meaning and identity construction in the arts.