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CFP London International Piano Symposium

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Call for papers for the London International Piano Symposium, 13th, 14th & 15th February 2015 at the Royal College of Music
Welcome to the Art and Science of Piano Performance, an interdisciplinary symposium for the enhancement of teaching and performance in the twenty-first century.

We announce the second of the three, three-day London International Piano Symposium.  It will be held at the Royal College of Music in London on the 13th, 14th, & 15th of February 2015.  These symposia provide an opportunity to hear papers, lecture recitals and debates on piano performance by distinguished researchers and practitioners working at the shared boundaries of science and music.

All human beings, according to Oliver Sachs in Musicophilia (2007) ‘perceive music, perceive tones, timbre, pitch, intervals, melodic contours, harmony and (perhaps most elementally) of all rhythm’ (xi).  The pianist however, not only takes all these elements to construct music in his or her mind using the auditory systems and the multi-layered neural systems in the brain, but also the motoric system to enact their performance. In an ideal performance, all the elements described here function in a unitary way, but all too often there is an emphasis on the mental rather than the physical activity.  This symposium seeks hard evidence based on research at the interface between art and science which demonstrates the importance of a more unified approach to piano performance

For details please go to:

Cristine MacKie
Director London International Piano Symposium
Tel: 020 8789 6163