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Music Department 2020 Distinguished Lecture Presented by Joanna MacGregor, CBE.




Speaker: Professor Joanna MacGregor

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The Department of Music is delighted to announce that Professor Joanna MacGregor, CBE, will give the third in the Department’s Distinguished Lecture Series, following Michael Nyman's lecture in 2018 and Chi-chi Nwanoku in 2019.

Pianists of the Future

How can we train young pianists to be ready -  and relevant  - for the contemporary world? The pandemic we’re living through makes it even more urgent. Joanna MacGregor, Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London, explores ways of developing a strong artistic identity as a pianist. She touches on curation and repertoire-building, finding the links between classical and new music; improvisation and transcription; learning from pianists in history; and artistic leadership. With illustrations from pieces by Fazil Say, Sofia Gubaidulina, Eleanor Alberga, Astor Piazzolla, Nina Simone, Bach and Beethoven.

Joanna MacGregor

Joanna MacGregor CBE is one of the world's most innovative musicians.  As a solo pianist she has appeared with the world's leading orchestras, performing in over eighty countries, with eminent conductors Pierre Boulez, Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Simon Rattle and Michael Tilson Thomas. Joanna has premiered many landmark works - from Harrison Birtwistle to John Adams and James MacMillan – and is a regular broadcaster, making numerous appearances at the BBC Proms.

Joanna MacGregor Joanna is Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and runs two annual piano festivals for young musicians. She has been the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School and Festival, of Bath International Festival, and Deloitte Ignite at the Royal Opera House. She has released over forty solo recordings - many of them on her own award-winning record label SoundCircus - ranging from Chopin and Piazzolla to Bach, Schnittke and John Cage.  Her collaborative projects encompass jazz, film, visual art, contemporary dance and electronica. Since 2015 she has chaired the Paul Hamlyn Composers Awards, and was a 2019 Booker Prize Judge. Joanna has just been appointed Principal Conductor and Music Director of Brighton Philharmonic, as it approaches its centenary.

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6.00pmThursday 8th October 2020