SAM Seminar: Roy Howat and Chopin’s Etudes

When:15 Aug 2017, 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Studio 334, Robert Webster Building
Who:Roy Howat, Keyboard Research Fellow at London’s Royal Academy of Music,
Roy Howat and Chopin's Etudes

A mainstay of piano teaching and the recital repertoire, Chopin’s Etudes still have secrets to yield that can considerably affect how we perceive and play them, whether as performers, listeners or amateurs. Roy Howat, preparing a new critical edition of them for the Peters Edition Complete Chopin, will illustrate some of his findings at the piano, showing what a new edition can still usefully say and convey anew, despite the hundreds of editions of these pieces extant since Chopin’s time.

Scots pianist and musical researcher Roy Howat is well known in Australia, where he is regularly heard in concerts, lectures, masterclasses and on ABC Classic FM. Besides his international concert life, he has published two seminal books, Debussy in proportion and The Art of French piano music, contributed chapters to numerous other books on a wide range of composers, and produced acclaimed editions of music by Debussy, Fauré and Chabrier. One of the founding editors of the Paris-based complete scholarly Debussy Edition, in the 1980s Roy found some vital source material in the piano roll collection of the late Denis Condon in Sydney. Roy’s numerous CDs include Debussy's complete solo piano works (on Tall Poppies), an ABC Classics double album of Fauré piano solos and duets with fellow-pianist Emily Kilpatrick, a CD of Chabrier piano solos and duos with NSW-born composer-pianist Wendy Hiscocks, and numerous chamber music and song collaborations. Roy holds dual posts as Keyboard Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Senior Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

SAM Seminar Series

This series provides a showcase and forum for local as well as international scholars, researchers, industry practitioners and creative artists – ranging from early-career to well-established – to present on their work. No need to book, all welcome.

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