The London International Piano Symposium 2024

Rethinking Piano Performance: The Embodied Mind


Pianists routinely encounter a great variety of bodily and intellectual demands in preparing piano works for performance, but, even to this day, piano pedagogy and piano performance continue to labour under the inheritance of that part of Western philosophy which separates the performer’s mind – and its ability to reason – from perception and bodily movement.

Future symposia will seek to supplant this established belief, and show that while the mind is self-evidently the site of mental phenomena, it is also fully embodied. This view is supported by the research of neuroscientist Damasio (2000, 2012), amongst others, who use brain-mapping technological tools such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and, more recently still, Magnetoencephalography (MEG), which overturn the concept of duality.



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