Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th March, 2022

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Book now for PERFORM_LIVE, the first festival-conference of Music Performance Research in association with the National Concert Hall, at the Kevin Barry Room, 24-27 March 2022. Each day features superb Irish and international artists performing and discussing their work in a wide range of genres – all sessions are aimed to appeal to a wide and general audience. 

Find out how composers, conductors and cross-disciplinary collaborators engage with the creative process, and hear little-known and neglected repertoires along with experimental presentations in new and novel formats. Other highlights include a round table discussion on evaluating and disseminating Performance Research presented in association with IMBAS, and the launch of the Performance Research Ireland book series based on a new concept which includes complementary audio-visual materials – the first of its kind in Ireland. 

The two guest keynotes are delivered and performed by Dr. Anu Vehviläinen, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland and Professor David Horne, director of the HARP Hub, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK. PERFORM_LIVE is directed by pianist and performance researcher, Professor Una Hunt and supported by Performance Research Ireland and Research at TU Dublin with funding from the Irish Research Council’s New Foundations scheme. Additional information on Performance Research Ireland at

Keynote biographies

Professor David Horne came to early prominence as a pianist and composer; while still a teenager he made his concerto debut at the BBC Proms and as a composer, had a prize-winning work performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. David teaches in both academic and principal study areas at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK. He directs HARP, the college’s Hub for Artistic Research into Performance and supervises a wide range of composition, performance and musicology PhD students. David receives regular commissions and his music is performed by major organisations in the UK and abroad.

Dr. Anu Vehviläinen is head of the Music Doctoral School at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland and is a leading scholar and exponent of the piano music of Karol Szymanowski (1882–1937) having recorded the composer’s entire piano works for Alba Records (5 CDs). Vehviläinen is dedicated to promoting artist-audience interaction through her programme Open Artist & Dear Audience (2009-2015). Her recent research centres around an autoethnographic approach to studying piano practicing and being in the now-moment, presence and space.

Presented by Performance Research Ireland in Association with NCH

Sponsored by New Foundations, Irish Research Council