Research Students in Performance, Practices & Sources


Khalid Al Jabri


Exploring Strategies for Developing Western Classical Music Education in the Sultanate of Oman

Omani student Khalid started playing the viola aged 8 at the School of the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra. Khalid is now principal viola in the ROSO, a member of the Muscat Trio and the Oman String quartet. As an educator, Khalid works as assistant teacher to the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra.


Keith Bowen


The bassoon-form bass clarinet in theory and practice

Keith’s research centres on the early bass clarinet, in particular the bassoon-form instrument. Keith is a Pamela Weston Clarinet Research and Performance Scholar. He has also led workshops and ensembles at Kammermusik Workshops, Santa Fe. His research has been awarded first prize in the International Clarinet Association Research Competition 2010 (Austin, TX) and joint 1st prize at European Clarinet Association 2010 (Kortrijk, Belgium) for papers on ‘The Rise and Fall of the Bass Clarinet in A’.

Papers Presented

  • 'What can we say about the sound of a woodwind instrument without actually playing it?', Galpin Society/Institute of Acoustics conference in Cambridge, September 2015


Anne Marie Christensen


The sonata for 'Violine e Basso': Towards an understanding of Italian 'violinism' in 18th-century London

Performer and teacher Anne Marie specializes in performance practice and Baroque violin. Her studies have been supported by a Pamela Weston Award and the Augustinus Foundation. Anne Marie is a founding member of the Dei Gratia Baroque ensemble, has performed with EUBO, Brook Street Band, Charivari Agréable and the London Handel Orchestra and has been leader of Belsize Baroque, as well as the Solomon Choir and Orchestra.


Isobel Josephine Clarke


Reconstructing the recorder's practical use in seventeenth-century southern and central Europe

Recorder player and music historian Isobel Clarke’s doctoral research investigates the recorder’s practical use and social and musical status in the seventeenth century. Isobel is the recipient of an Ivan Evans Lombe Scholarship and an AHRC Doctoral award. She is active as a performer of both early and contemporary repertoires, although her particular performance interest lies in the chamber music repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.


Catherine Jill Crisp


The Clarinet Comes of Age, c1760–c1810: A Tale of Two Cities, Paris and London

Catherine’s research considers the place and development of the clarinet in Paris and London. She is a Pamela Weston Clarinet Research & Performance Scholar. Catherine is an Associate Lecturer and Module Co-ordinator at the University of Chichester, teaching on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes. She is also a peripatetic clarinet teacher working in Hampshire, teaching 11 to 18 year olds.

Papers Presented

  • The Classical Clarinet in Theory and Practice: Xavier Lefèvre’s Méthode of 1802’ presented at the CUK Research Students’ Conference (7 July 2009, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance),
  • ‘The Solo Clarinettist in London Concert Life, 1740-1800’ presented at the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference on Music in Eighteenth Century Britain, (25 November 2011, Foundling Museum),
  • ‘The Developing Roles of the Clarinet Teacher and Amateur Clarinettist in Paris, 1760-1810’ presented at the Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference, (5-7 January 2012, University of Hull)
  • ‘The Clarinettist in 18th-century London’ presented at the Music Research Seminar Series (23 October 2015, University of Chichester).


Fiona Joy Gibbs


The Role of the Royal Albert Hall in London's Musical Establishment

Fiona’s research focuses on the role of the Royal Albert Hall in London from 1871 to the present day. Fiona worked in the RAH front-of-house department from 2007 to 2015, so her thesis is from the unique perspective of a participant observer. She also teaches violin, piano and music theory privately and at a school in North-West London.

Papers presented

  • TEDxAlbertopolis Salon at the Natural History Museum.
  • Archives for London, invited talk on research on the Royal Albert Hall, 2013 and 2014.
  • 'Innovation through love? Prince Albert and the Royal Albert Hall', RMA student conference, Birmingham 2014.
  • Imperial College Women’s lunch in April 2014.
  • 'Classical Music at the Royal Albert Hall during the Second World War' at the Music since 1900 Conference, Glasgow 2015.


Tihamer Hlavacsek


The Undiscovered Piano Music of Karl Goldmark

Hungarian pianist Tihamér Hlavacsek made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in 2003. He was awarded 'Outstanding Young Artist of the Year' by Gramofon (Budapest) in 2006 for his World Premiere recording cycle of the complete piano works of Karl Goldmark (Hungaroton Classics). His doctoral studies are supported by the Robert McFadzean Whyte Award.


David Kirby


The extensive use of the clarinet, its evolving style and performance history, in the compositions of Francis Poulenc

The international prize winning clarinettist David Kirby devotes his time to educational work, and has performed in more than five thousand schools on behalf of the Young Person’s Concert Foundation, bringing live performance and demonstrating his love of music to in excess of 25,000 children and young people. His repertoire encompasses the entire classic clarinet repertoire from Brahms to Poulenc as well as introducing audiences to some lesser known gems by composers including Busoni, Gould and La Rocca.


Konstantin Lapshin


Expressive Inflection: Applying the Principles of Sergey Rachmaninoff in My Own Practice

Named ‘a very special talent’ by Murray Perahia, London-based Russian pianist Konstantin Lapshin has been nominated as a Mills Williams Junior Fellow, won the Chappell Gold Medal and the Queen Elisabeth Rose bowl during his time as astudent at the RCM. An international performing artist, Konstantin teaches at the RCM and will serve as a Jury member of the Schumann Piano competition in Italy. His doctoral studies are supported by the Musicians' Company Studentship and Mr Hugh Lloyd.


Luiz Carlos Mantovani Junior


Ferdinand Rebay and his sonatas for melodic instrument and guitar: investigation and performance

Brazilian guitarist Luiz Mantovani has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician around the world and is currently a CAPES sponsored Doctoral student at the Royal College of Music in London, Luiz was the first guitarist to receive the prestigious Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. An active chamber musician, in 2004 Luiz Mantovani joined the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, with which he has performed extensively in four continents and recorded three CDs for Delos International, one of which – featuring works by Heitor Villa-Lobos – has won the Latin Grammy in 2011 for 'best classical album'.


Erin McHugh



Erin is an RCM Scholar supported by a Douglas Hay Award and a Lucy Ann-Jones Award. Erin's reseacrh interests include gender theory, aesthetics, and early twentieth century opera. Her thesis explores the connections between gender politics and vocality in the early operas of Richard Strauss. She is currently a part of the GTA scheme for the 2015/2016 academic year and has worked in the RCM Museum of Music since 2013.

Papers and Publications

Papers Presented Include

  • 'Was ist das wahre Tier? Lulu’s Vocal music as Commentary on her Autonomy and Otherness', RMA research student’s conference 2014
  • 'Beyond the Spectacle of the Diva in Opera' for the 2014 Music on Stage conference
  • 'Embodying the Obscene: The Dramatic Soprano Voice in Salome' for the 2015 CUK Student Research Conference
  • 'Women Making Sound: Vocality and the Operatic Soprano Voice in Strauss’s Elektra' for the 2016 RMA Research student’s conference


  • 'Beyond the Spectacle of the Diva in Opera' within the 2014 Music on Stage Biennial Conference Proceedings (2016 anticipated)


Nicholas Moloney


British Piano Music: Context and Reception

Nicholas was awarded the Gordon Calway Stone Memorial Scholarship to undertake a doctorate at the RCM, exploring British piano music of the early twentieth century. Nicholas is in increasing demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Alongside his performance schedule, Nicholas is also producing and editing an edition of the currently unpublished Frank Bridge Piano Quartet.


Balder Neergaard


The Early Pianism of Robert Schumann, 1828-1832

Balder is supported by a Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship. As a pianist, he has participated in numerous courses and masterclasses with, among others, Paolo Giacometti, Eugen Indjic, Pnina Salzman and Jeremy Menuhin on the modern piano, and Malcolm Bilson, Andreas Staier, Bart van Oort and Gary Cooper on the fortepiano. In 2003 he was soloist with the Danish Chamber Players, and his performances have been broadcast on Danish National Radio's Channel 2.


Vitaly Pisarenko


Anton Rubinstein: composer of the first significant Russian piano composition


Kenneth Edmund Querns


Establishing Currency for the Voce Faringea: A Lost Conception of the Tenor Voice

Kenneth E Querns Langley’s research covers bel canto historical performance practice to demonstrate across theory and practice. He hopes to find a succinct and functional understanding of the nature of the head-voice based tenor voices of the 17th to 19th centuries. Ken maintains a companion research interest in the importance of Britain in the history of Bel Canto. His studies are supported by a Charles Branchini Award.


Randall Scotting


The changing voice of Francesco Bernardi (Senesino): case studies in Italian opera, 1707-1737

An active performer, Randall Scotting performs throughout Europe and the United States singing heroic music from Baroque opera and premieres by little known Baroque composers Leonardo Vinci and Giovanni Antonio Giaj. He has frequently sung the title role in Handel operas to great acclaim. Randall’s studies are supported by a Douglas Hay Award.


Imma Setiadi


Creating New Concert Experiences via Cross-Arts practice for pianists

Imma's research interests include the concert experience, pianism, cross-arts practice, collaborative piano. She is supported by an RCM Scholarship, Indonesian Beasiswa Ungglulan, Talent Unlimited Charity, Seary Charitable Trust and PAL Charity. She is an RCM Junior fellow and a Park Lane Group Young Artist. Imma has presented her research at the Reflective Conservatoire Conference, GSMD 2015.


Maksim Štšura


Piano Transcription of a 21st-century Orchestral Score – Freedoms and Limitations

Estonian pianist, composer and music scholar Maksim Štšura performs extensively as soloist and chamber musician across the United Kingdom, including St Martin-in-the-Fields, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall. Maksim is a former Mills Williams Junior Fellow. Maksim’s studies are supported by a Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship, the Estonian Capital of Culture and Mr Nigel Woolner.


Amit Yahav


Revisiting Chopin's worded indications in performance

Amit has won many prizes for his playing, including the Anthony Lindsay Piano Prize, the Northwood-Ruislip Concerto Competition Jury Prize and the György Solti Foundation Award for Professional Development. Amit’s performing career has taken him to over a dozen countries around the world. Amit is generously supported by the The Anglo-Israel Association (the Kenneth Lindsay Scholarship), the Jewish Widows’ and Students’ Aid Trust, the St. Marylebone Educational Foundation and the Fidelio Trust (for a scholarship to attend classes with Stephen Kovacevich). His doctoral studies are supported by a Polonsky Award.


Mui Ki Yau


Music and Painting: Stravinsky, Roerich and The Rite of Spring

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