John Rink

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This year’s Academy lecturer is the eminent scholar John Rink, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the music of Fryderyk Chopin. He is a prize-winning author and expert on the manuscript and printed sources for Chopin’s works, the performance history of the composer’s music over the past two centuries (including Chopin’s own performing practices), analysis of the repertoire, on editorial practices, and aspects of critical reception. He holds the post of Professor of Musical Performance Studies at the University of Cambridge in the UK, in addition to Visiting Professorships in London, Singapore and China.

John Rink has published widely on Chopin, including several books and acclaimed editions of the two piano concertos. He is Editor in Chief of The Complete Chopin – A New Critical Edition, published by Peters Edition London, and has directed three major online projects focused on Chopin (www.chopinonline.ac.uk).

John Rink studied at Princeton University, King’s College London, and the University of Cambridge, and he holds the Concert Recital Diploma and Premier Prix in piano from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Much of his recent work as a performer focuses on period instruments, including the Pleyel pianos that Chopin himself favoured.

John will be engaging with our Academy students in workshops as well as addressing audiences on Chopin-related topics in two of our Festival concerts.