Virtuosity – An Interdisciplinary Symposium

Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, 3–6 March 2016


Extended deadline for submitting proposals: 15 November 2015

We are pleased to announce the joint symposium of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy and ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music), an interdisciplinary event to be held in Budapest, in the beautifully restored Art Nouveau palace of the Liszt Academy between 3 and 6 March 2016. We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion) and posters. The language of the symposium is English.

Theme and topics
We invite submissions for a symposium on virtuosity in music performance that address questions such as the following:
· What is virtuosity?
· How virtuosity is perceived in different ways by musicians and their audiences in different cultures?
· How might virtuosity be studied empirically?
· What are the cognitive, neuropsychological and motor mechanisms underpinning virtuosity?
· What is the relationship between virtuosity and creativity?
· What is the relationship between virtuosity and enchantment (or ‘magic’)? To what extent can virtuosity be considered the making of magic? Or can be magic be made in the absence of virtuosity?
· How might virtuosity be taught?

All submissions must address the symposium theme. Please send us an abstract of approximately 250 words as an e-mail attachment in Word format to, specifying whether the proposal is for a theoretical paper, an empirical paper, or a poster. All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the members of an international review committee. In order to ensure anonymity, please do not include personal details in the abstract. The name(s) of the author(s), institutional affiliation and a short biography of approx. 100 words should be sent in a separate Word document. Please indicate in your cover letter your AV requirements and whether the presentation will involve live performance, and if so what instruments are envisaged.

Submission of abstracts: 15 November 2015
Notification of acceptance: 30 November 2015

Programme and registration
The programme of the symposium will be announced in January 2016. Online registration will open in January 2016.

Symposium fee: 100€ for presenters / 50€ for students. Early-bird symposium fee (paid before 31 January): 80€ for presenters / 40€ for students. The symposium fee includes access to all sessions, conference material, refreshments during the scheduled breaks, special musical performances during the symposium, and guided tours in the Liszt Academy buildings, including the Liszt Museum. Accommodation and meals other than refreshments are not included in the registration fee. The organisers will provide contacts for hotels with a symposium discount, other recommended hotels, guest houses and restaurants near the symposium venue, suggestions and free tickets for various concert and opera performances in the evenings, and offer support to all delegates in order to ensure an ideal stay.

For additional information see the website of the symposium:
or contact Dr László Stachó ( or Ms Éva Gyöngy Máté (

Organising Committe

  • László Stachó (Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest), chair of the Organising Committee
  • László Norbert Nemes (Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest), co-chair of the Organising Committee
  • Jane Ginsborg (Royal Northern College of Music)
  • Peter Keller (The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney)
  • Jukka Louhivuori (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Richard Parncutt (University of Graz)