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January 3-4 , 2010

John Rink

Navon Hall of JAMD


John Rink is Professor of Musical Performance Studies at the University of Cambridge. He studied at Princeton University, King’s College London, and the University of Cambridge, where his doctoral research was on the evolution of tonal structure in Chopin’s early music and its relation to improvisation. He also holds the Concert Recital Diploma and Premier Prix in piano from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He specializes in the fields of performance studies, theory and analysis, and nineteenth-century studies, and has produced numerous books for Cambridge University Press, including The Practice of Performance: Studies in Musical Interpretation (1995), Chopin: The Piano Concertos (1997), Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding (2002), and Annotated Catalogue of Chopin’s First Editions (with Christophe Grabowski; forthcoming January 2010). He is also a co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music, due to be published in November 2009.

John Rink directs the £2.1 million AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (www.cmpcp.ac.uk), which is based at the University of Cambridge in partnership with King’s College London, the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London, and in association with the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is one of three Series Editors of The Complete Chopin - A New Critical Edition, and directs two other research initiatives: Chopin’s First Editions Online (funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council;www.cfeo.org.uk) and Online Chopin Variorum Edition (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; www.ocve.org.uk). He was an Associate Director of the AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM), and he currently chairs the Steering Committees of the AHRC’s ‘Beyond Text’ and ‘Landscape and Environment’ Strategic Programmes, in addition to serving on the AHRC’s Advisory Board.


Date / time Activity
Jan. 3, 2010, 10:00 a.m. Reading Chopin: The Sound of Notation (Lecture)
Jan. 3, 2010, 3:00 p.m. Musical Narrative in Chopin's Ballades (Workshop)
Jan. 4, 2010, 11:30 a.m. Analyzing Chopin: The Shape of Performance (Lecture)
Jan. 4, 2010, 3:00 p.m. Time and Timing in Chopin's Scherzos (Workshop)