The Piano in Contemporary Music

RMA Colloquium: The Piano in Contemporary Music

7-8 April 2011

Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus


Call for Papers:

The colloquium will take place at Liverpool Hope University’s city centre Creative Campus, 7-8 April 2011. It will include a masterclass/workshop for aspiring composers and pianists led by Joanna MacGregor, Hope’s Professor of Musical Performance, as well as a round-table discussion on ‘The Death of the Piano Concerto?’ and a recital. Abstracts on any aspect of The Piano in Contemporary Music are welcome. Strands we would particularly like to develop include:

•The role of the 21st-century pianist compared with pianists of the past

•Contemporary pianism viewed across a range of genres

•Today’s pianists and their training requirements

•New piano music in popular culture

•The piano in contemporary cinema

•Modern-day technology and the piano

•The piano, multimedia and interdisciplinary collaboration

•The vanishing pianist-composer

•Audiences and audience perceptions of contemporary piano music


Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in duration, and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion and questions. Abstracts (maximum 200 words) should be submitted to Veronica Skrimsjö (email: and Michael McNeilis (email: by 31 January 2011.

Call for Works:

Aspiring postgraduate composers are encouraged to submit sketches of works for piano (around five minutes in length) and pianists are invited to submit a CV and repertoire list of contemporary piano music for the masterclass/workshop led by Professor Joanna MacGregor. Submissions should be sent to Professor Stephen Pratt (email: by 31 January 2011.