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Faculty of Music

Mine Doğantan-Dack appointed as Performance Teaching Associate

The Faculty of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Mine Doğantan-Dack as Performance Teaching Associate.

A concert pianist and musicologist/music theorist, Mine Doğantan is regarded nationally and internationally as a leading figure in artistic research in music performance. Mine was born in Istanbul, Turkey. After graduating from the Istanbul Municipal Conservatory as a student of Verda Ün, and from Robert College, she received a BA in Philosophy from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Mine continued her music studies at the Juilliard School in New York with Oxana Yablonskaya and was awarded the Scholarship of the Turkish Ministry of Education for Young Artists. While at Juilliard she won the prestigious William Petschek award for piano performance. After receiving a BM and MM from the Juilliard School, she studied musicology first at Princeton University (MA), New Jersey and later at Columbia University, New York. She received an MA, MPhil and PhD in music theory from Columbia University, studying with composer and music theorist Fred Lerdahl.

Mine is the founder of the Marmara Piano Trio and the recipient of an award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK (AHRC) for her ‘Alchemy Project’, which is the first research project in contemporary performance studies to explore the nature of live performance from the perspective of professional chamber musicians in the Western classical style. Mine was an Associate of the AHRC Research Centre for Music Performance as Creative Practice hosted by the University of Cambridge, and was also awarded Visiting Professorship by the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, University of Windsor, Canada.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Mine has performed in USA, UK, Germany, France and Turkey, and participated in the Mozart Bicentennial Festival in New York. She recorded the music of JS Bach and Scriabin for WNCN, and also recorded various programs for the Turkish radio and television. Some of her practice-led research outputs have been published in Institute of Musical Research’s PRIMO archive.

Mine’s research interests include performance and analysis; 19th-century performance practice; theory and practice of artistic research in music performance; philosophy of music with emphasis on music aesthetics; history of music theory; psychology and neuroscience of music; phenomenology of classical piano practice; dynamics of chamber music performance; and theory of live music performance. She presents regularly at international conferences, and has organized various international conferences. She is the co-founder and co-organizer of the Music and Sonic Art: Theories and Practices conference, annually held at the Institute of Musicology and Music Informatics in Karslruhe, Germany. Mine published articles and book chapters on 19th-century performance theory, phenomenology of artistic pianism, piano touch, tonality and human evolution, live performance research, theory of practice-as-research in music, philosophy of expressive performance, performance and familiarity, philosophy of recorded music, and creative collaboration. Her publications include Mathis Lussy: A Pioneer in Studies of Expressive Performance (Peter Lang, 2002); the edited volumes Recorded Music: Philosophical and Critical Reflections (Middlesex University Press, 2008), which was a finalist for the annual Excellence in Research Award given by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, and Artistic Practice as Research in Music: Theory, Criticism, Practice (Ashgate, 2015); and the special issue of Nineteenth-Century Music Review on Performance Theory (2012). She is currently co-editing Music and Sonic Art: Practices and Theories for Cambridge Scholars Press.