Maria Stratigou

 

Alternative Email: maria_stratigou@yahoo.com

Website: www.mariastratigou.com

 

Previous Education

 

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – RCS (former Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama – RSAMD)

Master of Music in Piano Performance (Scholarship by Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation)

Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Piano Performance) with Distinction

Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Advanced Accompaniment) with Distinction

 

Athens Conservatory

Diploma of excellence in Fugue

Diploma of excellence in Piano Performance (First Award)

Diploma of excellence in Counterpoint

 

Municipality of Korydallos Conservatory

Diploma of excellence in Byzantine music

Diploma in Advanced Harmony

 

Thesis Title

Performance Aspects of Louise Farrenc’s Études for Piano

 

Supervisors

Prof. Barbara Kelly, Dr David Jones, Dr Simon Clarke

 

Research Summary

The purpose of my research is to highlight and explore the piano Études of a neglected female composer, performer, pedagogue and early music researcher of the nineteenth century, who is worthy of rediscovery. Farrenc’s music was performed regularly until her death. Apart from Alphonse Ledouc’s effort to revive her music by publishing her Études a few years later, her music felt into oblivion. My research intends to fill this gap by addressing Louise Farrenc’s sets of Études for piano, and creating the first professional recording of all the Études. My interpretation will be based on the performance implications that arise from techniques, stylistic allusions and references to composers earlier and contemporary with Farrenc, an analytical study of the structure of her Études, and my personal experience as a practitioner.

 

Research Interests

Performance Practice, Nineteenth-century French piano music, Musicology, Analysis.