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New plans for next Symposium

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Event News | 0 comments

Due to unforeseen difficulties and delays with the preparation of the London International Piano Symposium publication of two books: New Thoughts: Research at the Interface between Science and the Art of Piano Performance… and Rethinking Piano Performance: The Mindful Body, the next Symposium is now planned for 2018.

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October 2016, The London International Piano Symposium announces its forthcoming publication of Rethinking Piano Performance: A mind/body approach

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Event News | 0 comments

Excerpt from the Introduction to ‘Rethinking Piano Performance: A Mind/Body Approach’.    Introduction ‘It seems that so long as we are alive, we shall continue closest to knowledge if we avoid as much as we can all contact and association with the body, except when they are absolutely necessary…’ Socrates c. 469-399 B.C.   Pianists routinely encounter a great variety of bodily and intellectual demands in preparing piano works for performance, but until recently, the emphasis has been largely on the intellectual aspect of performance, or ‘radical mentalism’. However, since piano performance requires an indissoluble union of mind and body, this book will present the argument that the body may also have a role to play in ‘shaping’ and memorizing musical works for performance. While this is a view which is now beginning to be supported in musical academic circles who wish to promote a more interdisciplinary approach to performance, it is as yet an unexplored area of piano...

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September 2016, LIPS announces the forthcoming publication of New Thoughts on Piano Performance: Research at the interface between science and the art of performance

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Event News | 0 comments

  INTRODUCTION New Thoughts on Piano Performance is a London International Piano Symposium publication, which presents interdisciplinary research, the overarching goal of which is to expand the frontiers of knowledge in the field of piano performance, by exploring the interface between skilled artistry and scientific research. It is a work of central importance to those musicians who are seeking to achieve elite performance, as well as researchers, pedagogues, clinicians, and all those who are passionate about the piano and its future development. In this collection of fifteen essays by distinguished international researchers and performers, issues which have rarely been addressed, and which should be a vital part of the education of pedagogues and performers are presented here. Among these issues are: that the value of musical training, is a powerful source of intellectual stimulation and cognitive development in children; that the role of the body is foremost in the production of sound at the piano, yet remains the most neglected issue in the education of performers; that obsessive practice is not the way forward; that the memory may be enhanced by developing a mental map in the course of preparing a work for public performance; showing that recordings can exert particular influence as salient historical documents of performance practice; that understanding the correlation between a particular musical work and the visual art that inspired it, may bring greater understanding of the meaning of, and deeper insight into the work for the pianist who is preparing to perform the piece; defining issues such as sound, touch and timbre, which are a phenomenon with both a subjective as well as physical dimensions; that musical performance is shaped more by the mind and body behind the instrument than by the score in front of the person; and last, but not least, ways in which technology can be used to increase our understanding of the body as the instrument, and the conveyor of expression. COMPILED AND EDITED BY CRISTINE MACKIE DIRECTOR LONDON INTERNATIONAL PIANO...

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Programme for LIPS 2015

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Event News | 2 comments

London International Piano Symposium, 2015 Royal College of Music, London RESEARCHING THE INTERFACE BETWEEN SCIENCE AND THE ART OF PIANO PERFORMANCE Friday, 13th February, 2015 RECITAL HALL 9.15. 9.45. Registration 9.45- 10.0. Welcome 10.0 – 11.0. KEY SPEAKER Prof Dave Collins, Sports Psychologist from the University of Central Lancashire will discuss the psychological characteristics which facilitate pathways to elite performance. 11.0 -11.30. BREAK 11.30 – 1.0. ROUND TABLE The following are the panel of experts who are gathering together to discuss how pianists may become ‘fit for purpose’ by developing a more unified approach to piano performance. Chair: Cristine MacKie, author of the forthcoming book, Rethinking Piano Performance: A mind/body approach on eBook Kindle. Prof Dave Collins, Sports Psychologist. Iqbal Hussein, Member of the Osteopathy Council with extensive experience in treating pianist’s physical problems. Dr Kathleen Riley, Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music; Biofeedback Specialist, Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine. Prof Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science at Trinity Laban. Emma is Principal Investigator of the research project, Dance Science: Optimising Performing Potentia. Dr Zubin Kanga, Pianist, University of Nice-Sophie Antipolis, Royal Academy of Music, London. Felipe Verdugo, Pianist, Faculty of Music, University of Montreal, Canada. Laboratoire de recherche sur le geste musicien. Prof Beate Perrey, Professor of Piano Performance/Musicology, Centre of Research in the Arts and Languages, Institute for Advanced Social Sciences (EHESS) Paris – France 1.0 – 2.0. LUNCH 2.0 – 2.50. KEY SPEAKER Dr Kathleen Riley P = Paper LR = Lecture Recital Session 1 The Mind/Body in Piano Performance Chair: Mary Hawkes 2.50 – 3.30. LR. Felipe Verdugo, Biomechanical and Physical Aspects of Marc Durand’s Holistic Piano Technique Approach 3.30 – 4.0. P. Zubin Kanga, The Pianist’s Body as Instrument: Performer-controlled electronics as collaborative catalyst in Patrick Nunn’s Morphosis. 4.0 – 4.20. BREAK Session 1 con’t: The Mind/Body in Piano Performance Chair: Mary Hawkes .20 – 5.0. LR. Beate Perrey, At the still point,the dance is:from music analysis to interpretation. 5.0 – 6.0. PIANO RECITAL by Sofya Gulyak Winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2010 Saturday 14th February 2015, RECITAL HALL 8.30- 9.0. Registration Session 1 con’t, The Mind/Body in Piano Performance Chair: Kathleen Riley 9.0 – 9.30. P. Mary Hawkes, Can An Applied Sports Psychology Approach Help Developing Pianists in Performance? Session 11. Cross Domain Thinking Chair: Kathleen Riley 9.30 -10.10. LR. Erica Bisesi, Sketching the Piano Music Trajectory from Schubert to Liszt to Expressionism in an Emotion-Based Approach to Musical Analysis. 10.10 -10.50. LR. Richard Hoadley, Dynamic Cross-Domain Expression: Notation, technology and performance. 10.50 – 11.20. BREAK Session 11 con’t, Cross Domain Thinking Chair: Diana Dumlavwalla 11.20 -12.0. LR. Duncan Williams, Artificia for Neural Network and Piano (2014): A piano score and performance generated in real time by an artificial neural network. 12.0 – 12.40. LR. Neal Farwell, Interpretive Strategies in a New Work for Piano and Electronics. Session 111. Timbre. Chair: Diana Dumlavwalla 12.40 – 1.10. P. Andrew Aaron, Historically Informed Sound Production on the Modern Piano. 1.10 – 2.0. LUNCH Chair: Cristine MacKie 2.0 – 3.30. KEY SPEAKER Jonny Juviler If a prolonged state of ill health or mental/physical stress isn’t resolved by the performer, the balance of the autonomic nervous system may be disrupted and lead to a range of symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, nervousness, poor digestion...

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Info for Professional musicians, students and the public wishing to attend the 2015 symposium

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Event News | 0 comments

For professional musicians wishing to attend the symposium please go the Home Page for News and Events and click on Registration. To attend the piano recital by Sofya Gulyak on Friday 13th, please call 020 8789 6163. Entrance to the workshop at 2.0pm on Saturday 14th is free. The fee for public attendees to the symposium is £50.00 per day. Undergraduate students: £25.00 per day (ID will be required at the door). It is essential to bring the receipt as evidence of payment. Tel: 020 8789 6163 for further information. Payment may be made by either by bank transfer to the: Barclays Bank Sort code 20 90 74 Account number 23121534 SWIFT: BARCGB22 IBAN GB71 BARC 2090 7423 1215 34 OR by cheque: to the London Piano International Symposium 25a Deodar Rd, Putney, London SW15...

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Registration Form and Details

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Event News | 0 comments

Registration Form Posted by Cristine on May 15th, 2014 in Event News | 0 comments London International Piano Symposium in association with Steinway & Sons UK The Art and Science of Piano Performance: An interdisciplinary symposium for the enhancement of teaching and performance in the twenty-first century. 13th-15th February 2015 Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS. Submissions Submissions are reviewed anonymously by all the members of the LIPS scientific committee according to their importance, originality, clarity of presentation and interdisciplinarity. BOOKING FORM Title of Abstract: Or, Title of Lecture Recital University / Department affiliation Correspondence address Email Email to be included in delegates’ list? Yes/No The Registration Fee The fee for each delegate for the three day conference i.e. from the 13th-15 of February 2015, including all events, coffees/teas, and a sandwich lunch is £375.00. Travel Assistance Delegates needing financial assistance to pay for their travel and/or accommodation should apply to their own department within the university, or seek arts council/trusts or government support within their own country. LIPS cannot finance individuals traveling to and from the conference, or pay accommodation costs, or refund the registration, or conference dinner fee for whatever reason. Conference Dinner at Carluccios, Fulham Rd. Delegates pay at the dinner, approx £20-30.00. □ How to Register 1. Go to www.londoninternationalpianosymposium.co.uk 2.Copy the page with the registration form and paste it into a word document. 3. Send your signed and completed booking form with a sterling cheque for the full amount made payable to the London International Piano Symposium 25a Deodar Rd, Putney, London SW15 2NP. UK 4 Alternatively, after downloading and completing the form, scan it to info@londoninternationalpianosympsoium.co.uk and pay the registration fee by bank transfer to the London International Piano Symposium. 5. Please ensure that if you transfer the money in a different name you add the name on your abstract so that we know who has sent it. All Payments should be made to: London International Piano Symposiumand all bank charges for the transaction of the registration cost of £375.00 must be met by you Barclays Bank Sort code 20 90 74 Account number 23121534 SWIFT: BARCGB22 IBAN GB71 BARC 2090 7423 1215 34 4 Cumberland Gdns, London, WC1 X 9AF. UK Further information Registration opens at 8.30-9.00am on 13th, 14th and 15th February 2015. The conference begins at 9.00am on the 13th Feb. and ends on Sunday 15th February 2015 at 6.0pm Website: www.londoninternationalpianosymposium.co.uk FOR SPEAKERS ONLY AV Equipment Please indicate below which of the following equipment you will need. PLEASE NOTE that if you bring your own laptop and it is a MAC, YOU MUST bring your own adapter cable to connect to the data projector. PLEASE NOTE too, that if you require extra equipment and technical help, other than that provided below, the extra cost must be met by the presenter and paid in full 1 week before the start of the conference. □ laptop □ data projector □ speakers for audio output from laptop □ internet link □ Overhead projector (for transparencies) □ CD player □ DVD player Registration number pending. LIPS accepts no legal responsibility for any of the facts or opinions stated during this symposium. LIPS takes seriously also its responsibilities to users with special needs. If you have a particular requirement, please...

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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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