Professor John Irving has been appointed Professor of Performance Practice at Trinity Laban. The Personal Chair has been awarded in recognition of John's research achievements, and follows his joining Trinity Laban as Reader in Music in April 2013.
John said: "I am delighted and honoured to have been granted this title, and look forward to extending in a conservatoire context the work I began in performance practice research as Professor of Music at the universities of Bristol and London. In particular, I look forward to engaging with audiences outside higher education through my role, as well as research advocacy within Trinity Laban itself."
Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne, said research was integral to Trinity Laban's aim to lead and innovate in the art forms of music and dance: "Our research profile is a vital element in defining the character of Trinity Laban as a leading UK conservatoire of international importance. It will underpin and enhance advanced learning and teaching practice and help to retain and attract high quality artistic and academic staff."
John Irving is an internationally recognised Mozart scholar. Formerly Director of The Institute of Musical Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, John was also Professor of Music at the universities of London and Bristol. He is a contributor to several recent scholarly studies including The Cambridge Companion to the Symphony. As a performer on early keyboards his recent recordings for sfzmusic include CDs of Mozart's solo keyboard music (2012) and Vanhal's clarinet and piano sonatas with clarinettist Jane Booth (2013). Further CDs of Beethoven chamber music and Haydn piano sonatas will appear in 2014-2015, along with a book chapter on performance practice in Mozart (in The Oxford Handbook of Musical Topic Theory).
The announcement follows on the heels of the outstanding reviews for The Mozart Project, the world's first interactive digital book on Mozart for iPad. John contributed several chapters to the book, including comprehensive surveys of Mozart's concertos and chamber music. John is also featured in numerous video and audio clips in The Mozart Project, including explanations of Mozart's music, and performance extracts from the solo keyboard works and chamber music with Ensemble DeNOTE, which will be appearing at the Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition in November.