IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor: John Irving

23-26 October 2012

John Irving is Professor of Music History and Performance Practice at Canterbury Christ Church University, having previously held Chairs in Music at the University of Bristol and The University of London. From 2009 to 2011 he was Director of The Institute of Musical Research, at London’s School of Advanced Study – the UK’s national music research institution.

Professor Irving is an internationally recognized Mozart scholar. He has published five books on Mozart, including an international best-selling biography, The Treasures of Mozart, and scholarly texts on Mozart’s Piano Sonatas and Concerti. He is also a performer, specialising in 18th-century historical performance practice as a fortepianist, clavichordist and harpsichordist.

He is Vice President of The Royal Musical Association and Trustee of the Horniman Museum, as well as being a member of various advisory boards, such as the British Library Journal. He is an Associate Fellow of The Institute of Musical Research, a Fellow of The Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

His most recent book, Understanding Mozart’s Piano Sonatas, is published by Ashgate: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754667698

Professor Irving’s current research is centred on a British Academy funded project exploring the performance of Mozart’s keyboard works on the clavichord (comprising a CD recording and an associated web resource). He is also writing a chapter on 18th-century musical topics and historically informed performance for forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory.

For further information about Professor Irving's visit, please contact
Dr Pauline Fairclough .