We are extremely excited to be hosting some fantastic speakers and performers in January, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields.
Keynote presenter Lydia Goehr is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University in New York. She is the author of The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music (1992; second edition with a new essay, 2007, with translations in Greek and Chinese); The Quest for Voice: Music, Politics, and the Limits of Philosophy [essays on Richard Wagner] (1998); Elective Affinities: Musical Essays on the History of Aesthetic Theory [essays on Adorno and Danto] (2008), and co-editor with Daniel Herwitz of The Don Giovanni Moment. Essays on the legacy of an Opera (2006). She has written many articles on the work of Theodor W. Adorno, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Arthur Danto. Her research interests are in German aesthetic theory and in particular in the relationship between philosophy, politics, history, and music. With Gregg Horowitz, she is series editor of Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts, Columbia University Press.
Daniel Leech-Wilkinson is Professor of Music at King’s College London. He will be providing feedback and advice to student presenters as Chair of our Postgraduate Research Statement Session/s at the conference, and will also be sharing his own current work with us. He studied at the Royal College of Music, King’s College London and Clare College, Cambridge, becoming first a medievalist and then, since c. 2000, specialising in the implications of early recordings, especially in relation to music psychology and ontology. He led a project on ‘Expressivity in Schubert Song Performance’ within the AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM), followed by ‘Shaping Music in Performance’ within the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice. Books include The Modern Invention of Medieval Music (Cambridge, 2002), The Changing Sound of Music (CHARM, 2009) and, with Helen Prior, Music and Shape (forthcoming).
Soprano Juliet Fraser has a repertoire dominated by the very old and the very new. In new music, she has performed as a guest soloist with Plus-Minus, ICTUS, We Spoke: New Music Company, London Sinfonietta, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Endymion and Ensemble intercontemporain. She has premiered well over 100 works, many of which have been written for her, and has worked particularly closely with composers Michael Finnissy, Christopher Fox, Bernhard Lang, Matthew Shlomowitz and Andrew Hamilton. Later this year she will premiere a new work by Rebecca Saunders for soprano and ensemble with Klangforum Wien (Donaueschingen; HCMF) and a new song cycle by Michael Finnissy with Mark Knoop (Transit; HCMF). Recent highlights include the world premiere of Bernhard Lang’s The Cold Trip, part 2 at MaerzMusik and Eva Reiter’s The Lichtenberg Figures at Wien Modern. She has been performing Morton Feldman’s Three Voices around the UK since July 2015, and next year takes it to the USA. Her commercial recording of Three Voices has just been released on Hat Hut Records, available here. Juliet is also principal soprano of EXAUDI, the acclaimed vocal ensemble, which she founded with James Weeks in 2002.