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Acclaimed Scottish pianist and academic joins the School of Music

Ken HScottish pianist and scholar Kenneth Hamilton, described as “an outstanding virtuoso – one of the finest players of his generation” by Moscow’s Kommersant Daily, will be joining Cardiff University as Professor of Music from September 2012.

Professor Hamilton performs worldwide as a soloist on both modern and historical instruments and has numerous international engagements on his resume, including a recreation of Liszt’s 1847 concerts in Constantinople for the Istanbul International Festival and appearances in Paris, London’s Kings Place, Korea, the United States and annual recitals at the Singapore Esplanade.

As an academic, Professor Hamilton has published widely in both the academic and popular press with his most recent book – After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance (2008) – becoming a classical music bestseller and named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in the US , and a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year in the UK.

Professor Hamilton said: "I'm delighted to be joining such an internationally renowned, forward-looking and vigorous institution as the Cardiff University School of Music. I very much look forward to contributing not only to the musical life of the University itself, but also to that of the city as a whole."

An enthusiastic advocate of the value of musical scholarship both for performers and their audiences, Professor Hamilton has already scheduled in a number of public engagement events at the School of Music, including a public lecture on 9th October on ‘The Unofficial Version : Rediscovering Liszt’s Legacy to his Students’. He will also be performing at the School’s Concert Hall on 5th March 2013 as part of the University’s 2013/14 Concert Series.

A graduate of the University of Glasgow and of Balliol College, Oxford, Professor Hamilton studied piano under Alexa Maxwell and Lawrence Glover at the then Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Subsequently, he was De Velling Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. He joins Cardiff from the University of Birmingham where he was Reader in Music and Head of Research for the Schools of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music.

Professor Kenneth Hamilton’s full profile