12.11.2018: Symposium, Transforming Musicianship: Understanding C19th Historical Style and its Implications for Learning

Symposium Invitation: Transforming Musicianship: Understanding C19th Historical Style and its Implications for Learning


The research project ‘Transforming Musicianship: Developing Musicians’ Learner Identity Through Multidisciplinary Pedagogy’ is organizing a symposium focusing on the historical style of 19th Century chamber and orchestral music, with keynote speakers from the Universities of Oxford and Leeds, and speakers from the Sibelius Academy. The symposium will take place on Monday 12 November 2018 at Wegelius Hall, Sibelius Academy, from 9:30am to 1pm. Participation is free of charge. The symposium language is English. (See program below.)


The symposium is hosted by the Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA) and co-organized by Uniarts’ Center for Artistic Research (CfAR) and Oxford University’s Faculty of Music. The symposium is part of Dr. López-Íñiguez’s postdoctoral projects, funded by the Academy of Finland (2018-2021) and the Kone Foundation (2016-2018) – both carried out at the Sibelius Academy.


The symposium follows a lecture-concert, including piano trios by Beethoven and Mendelssohn performed on period instruments (including the Walter and Graf fortepianos of the Sibelius Academy) on the previous day Sunday 11 of November 2018, at Organo, Musikkitalo, 6pm. The lecture-concert language is English. Entry is free of charge.


Introduction to the Symposium


The orchestral and chamber music of the 19th Century includes some of the most widely performed and well known pieces of classical music, and yet most professional performances of this repertoire have been relatively uninformed by what is known about actual 19th Century historical style. This symposium offers research-based insights on the technical and performative aesthetics of the 19th Century repertoire. The symposium aims to 1) bridge the widely-recognized gap between period and modern instrumentalists and scholarship; and 2) renew learning and performance practices among classical music performers and students in higher music education by highlighting the importance of artistic agency, and by reviving historical music conventions in reflexive, creative, and personal ways. Historical instruments will be available in the hall for the keynote speakers to demonstrate different performative aspects.



9:30-10:00am Welcoming words, and talk by Dr. Guadalupe López-Íñiguez (Docent of Music Education, Sibelius Academy): Why Do I Play 19th Century Music on Period Instruments? On Agency, Creativity, and Motivation

10:00-10:45 Keynote address by Claire Holden (Oxford University, violinist at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment): The Long and Short of it: Bowing and Articulation in Beethoven's Symphonies

10:45-11:00 Coffee break (not provided)

11:00-11:45 Invited talk by Dr. Tuija Hakkila (Professor of Piano, Sibelius Academy): Making the Score Come Alive: Reading and Understanding 19th Century Piano Scores


11:45-12:30 Keynote address by Dr. George Kennaway (Universities of Leeds and Huddersfield, cellist and conductor): Sliding, on Thin Ice, to Some Conclusions – Fundamental Aspects of Cello Performance in the 19th Century


12:30-13:00 Panel with all speakers, questions from the audience, and discussion


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