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The Russian pianist,Sofya Gulyak is our affiliated artist for 2012/13. She became the first woman to win the Leeds International Piano Competion in 2010.

LIPS announces its intention to publish ‘New Thoughts on Piano Performance’.

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Event News | 0 comments

LIPS is inviting authors who submitted the most original papers at the symposium in 2013, and the next symposium in 2015, to contribute a chapter to New Thoughts on Piano Performance.  This book will be a scholarly monograph, that is to say it will attempt to expand the frontiers of knowledge in the field of piano performance by exploring the interface between skilled artistry and scientific research. We propose to collaborate with Kindle Amazon, because: first, they have the largest worldwide marketing strategies, and publish both electronically and in conventional book form; and second because LIPS keeps control of the content and the editing; third, because the authors retain their copyright; fourth, because LIPS is free to accept publication of the same book by other publishers. New Thoughts on Piano Performance is aimed at two audiences; first, to performers and pedagogues at the conservatoires and music departments of universities, the private piano teaching fraternity, inquiring piano students and passionate amateurs; second to clinicians and health practitioners, although a wider audience would be able to gain much from...

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Event News | 0 comments

Our goal is to establish the work of LIPS as a ground-breaking part of the musical experience both globally and in the UK by the end of the three cycles. We aim to offer hard evidence to teachers, performers and clinicians about the vital importance of a more unified approach to piano performance based on research at the interface between the arts and sciences. Furthermore we will look to increase the influence of LIPS at home and internationally by cooperating with strong international scientific communities and musical establishments, publishing research papers, live-streaming of the conference and provide the means for students to attend, and bursaries to study for a M.Mus, or PhD in Performance Science. We have a range of exciting sponsorship opportunities for businesses, organisations and private individuals through whose support we can continue to run the symposium through 2014 to 2019, building upon what we have achieved so far. Benefits include: Association with an important new musical project of excellence, passion and inspiration. An opportunity you to meet some of the biggest names in the world of science and music at specialised breakout sessions With your agreement we will host your logo on all our publicity material World coverage via the media and digital promotion View details of packages for sponsors and patrons and contact us to discuss how you can be...

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We are urgently seeking a fundraiser

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Event News | 0 comments

We are currently seeking a fundraiser – would any one interested please contact us. The fundraiser will receive a percentage of all funds raised. Please email the director:  mackie_cristine@hotmail.com

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Examples of the workshops, February 2013

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Event News | 0 comments

Full conference programme provided under News and Events Britten Theatre RCM   Background Performance science has grown considerably during the last ten years. But despite the potential for this field to inform educational and professional practice across the arts, its application in the field of piano performance has been largely neglected. This neglect is not surprising, since the area is steeped in traditional methods of performance practice, and suffers also from a mind/body dualism.  These workshops will suggest that skilled pianism cannot be achieved exclusively by pursuing the traditional route, in which the student and the teacher sit side by side throughout the piano lesson.  It may be better achieved by including some collaboration with other disciplines such as operative surgery, dance, neuroscience and musical analysis. 1st Workshop The Keyboard and the Scalpel In this workshop, the distinguished surgeon Roger Kneebone will explore unexpected parallels between the worlds of piano performance and operative surgery.  As he writes ‘both demand years of preparation, and both require dexterity, memorisation and performance under pressure’.  After a brief illustrated introduction to what surgeons do and how they do it, the workshop will explore how an understanding of this closed world may cast light on pianistic training and performance. Issues will include memorisation, rehearsal, performance anxiety and strategies for recognising and remedying errors during recital and ensemble performance.  The workshop will involve discussion by participants, aiming for an interactive and stimulating sharing of views, insights and perspectives’.   2nd Workshop. Mirror Neurons:imitation & emulation in piano performance In 2004, Rizzolatti writes ‘every time an individual observes an action performed by another individual, neurons that represent that action are activated in the premotor cortex. The observer ‘‘understands’’ someone else’s actions because the evoked motor representation corresponds to that generated internally during action execution’.  This research amongst others, Craighero et al (2007), (Haggard (2008), and Iacoboni (2008), Ramchanderan (2011), will be drawn upon, because it may underpin the approach taken in this workshop in which a music analyst, a choreographer and dancer from the Royal Ballet will collaborate in assisting the pianist to develop a greater control of the pacing of the ebb and flow of Clair de lune through imitation and emulation of the dancer’s movements. A short piano recital will be given by the Russian pianist, Sofya Gulyak, the first, and only woman to win the Leeds international Piano Competition....

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We are delighted to receive the support & guidance of the MORE Partnership

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Event News | 0 comments

‘MORE partnership[s] is an agency specializing in creative partnership design. They connect companies and culture creators (musicians, artists, film makers, ..’.

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Music Teacher magazine reviews Cristine MacKie’s work

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Event News | 0 comments

The magazine the Music Teacher, published this April 2014, acknowledges Cristine MacKie as one of the foremost leading advocates in the UK of the mind/body approach to piano performance

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