Sofia Lourenço lecture on Piano Performance Style: Analysis towards a multimodal approach

Sofia Lourenço


We will have a talk on Tuesday, 5th May 2015 at 4:30pm in the Ben Pimlott Building Lecture Theatre by the pianist, Sofia Lourenço combining a discussion of different styles of classical piano performance with motion capture analysis. Free and open to the public. Please come! And spread the word.

This study aims to characterize representative performances by experienced pianists in order to determine main influential trends in performance, derived specifically from traditional piano practices referred to as National Piano Schools. The methodology of this exploratory study departs from a musicological empirical analysis in articulation with recent technological developments for metric methods. It allowed analysis of gesture and musical semantics by applying a multimodal approach for capturing the pianist performance based on the extraction of features’ sets specifically targeted to each piano school. In this paper we describe the quantitative analysis approach based on motion capture and its correlate dimensions in sonic terms, with emphasis on micro-timing and interpretation power.

Sofia Lourenço is a post-doctoral researcher (FCT Grant at Research Center in Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR) which integrates since 2007 (Coordination Musical Studies) at Portuguese Catholic University. Pianist, born in Porto, where she concluded graduate studies at Conservatory of Music of Porto, University of Porto and FLUP. She obtained a Diploma in Piano Soloist (Abschlussprüfung Klavier) at Universität der Künste Berlin (scholarship by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation). PhD in Music and Musicology / University of Évora (2005) and Associate Piano Professor at ESMAE / IPP. Concert activity, both solo and with orchestra in Portugal and abroad. Recorded 4 solo CDs between 1999 dedicated to Portuguese Music and 2009 and 2012 in Black & White for Disklavier festival Duo pour une Pianiste (9 Sketches for One Pianist) Jean-Claude Risset (world premiere dedicated to her).