Eveline Nikkels studied music and philosophy at Utrecht University, where she gained her PhD in 1984 on the subject of the influence of Nietzsche’s philosophy on the music and thought of Gustav Mahler. She is the president of the Dutch Gustav Mahler Foundation and is known nationally and internationally for her promotion of Mahler’s work. She regularly organizes study trips and is a frequent lecturer on music. She wrote Gustav Mahler. Een leven in tien symfonieën (2009) and Mahler en Freud. Een wandeling in Leiden (2012).