15 Jan 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm West Road Concert Hall


This event is free and open to all. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Tickets for the concert on 20 January 2015 can be purchased at the Corn Exchange Box Office (tel: 01223 357851). It will also be possible to buy tickets from the box office desk at West Road on the day. 


This free-ranging conversation between one of the world’s greatest pianists Murray Perahia and the renowned Chopin scholar John Rink will explore some of the reasons why Chopin’s music continues to have such a hold over musicians and listeners alike. They will begin by discussing a musical depiction of the composer by one of his contemporaries, after which they will turn to some of the principal genres in which Chopin worked, including the Etudes and Nocturnes. Issues of technique and interpretation will be broached along the way. The conversation will also focus on Chopin’s own playing as well as the approaches of legendary pianists over the ages. It will end with an investigation of two large- scale pieces which pose particular conceptual as well as technical challenges. Passages from the repertoire will be illustrated at the piano by Mr Perahia throughout the conversation, laced with spirited commentary and debate.

John Rink is Professor of Musical Performance Studies in the Cambridge Faculty of Music. He has published extensively on Chopin’s music and its performance history. 


Events in the Series

On Performing the Classics
14 Jan 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm, West Road Concert Hall
Murray Perahia in Conversation with John Rink on Chopin
15 Jan 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm, West Road Concert Hall
Open Rehearsal with the Doric String Quartet
19 Jan 2015 2:30pm - 5:30pm, West Road Concert Hall
Doric String Quartet
20 Jan 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm, West Road Concert Hall

About the Professorship

The Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Chamber Music has been made possible by the generous support of Mr Lawrence Saper.

The Humanitas Chair in Chamber Music will bring world-renowned performers to Cambridge to share insights into the character as well as the challenges of musical performance, explaining not only their own approach to a range of musical masterpieces but also the consequences for listeners of their interpretative choices. These 'behind the scene' observations will be complemented by actual performances, whether in masterclasses, open rehearsals, lecture-recitals or concerts.

Previous Humanitas Visiting Professors in Chamber Music

2013-14: Angela Hewitt (pianist)
2012-13: Robert Levin (pianist and conductor)
2010-11: Alfred Brendel (pianist, music critic, poet and painter)

Standing Committee

John Rink (Music; AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice)
Nicholas Cook (Music)   
Iain Fenlon (Music)
Martin Ennis (Music)
Edward Wickham (St Catharine’s College; Music)    
David Mawson (AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice)
George Unsworth (West Road Concert Hall)

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