Clive Brown taught at the University of Oxford from 1980 to 1991; he was subsequently Professor of Applied Musicology at the University of Leeds and after retirement in 2017 Emeritus Professor. Since 2018 he has been teaching late 18th- and 19th-century performing practice in chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Since the late 1980s, he has focused increasingly on practice-led research, both as a scholar and violinist, giving regular chamber music performances and, during the 1990s and early 2000s, as concertmaster of the experimental Cambridge Classical Orchestra. His monographs include Louis Spohr: a critical biography (Cambridge, 1984; revised German edition 2009), Classical and Romantic Performing Practice (Oxford, 1999; Chinese translation 2012), and A Portrait of Mendelssohn (Yale, 2003). He has also published many articles on historical performing practice. His critical, performance-oriented editions of music for Bärenreiter include Brahms’ Violin Concerto and his complete sonatas for one instrument and piano, the solo part of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, and Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas. Until 2017 he was Director of the CHASE Project (https://chase.leeds.ac.uk), which investigates the implications of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century performers’ annotations in music for string instruments.
Kate Bennett Wadsworth is a cellist devoted to historical performance of all periods. She has appeared at festivals throughout North America and Europe with baroque ensembles such Arion, Tafelmusik, B’Rock, and Aradia, and her recording of the CPE Bach A minor concerto with Les Bostonades was released in 2015. Kate studied modern cello with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory and baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Dutch Conservatory in The Hague, after completing a bachelor’s degree in Scandinavian studies at Harvard College. She is currently pursuing a practice-led PhD in 19th-century performance practice with Clive Brown at the University of Leeds.
Neal Peres Da Costa is a world-renowned performing scholar and educator. He is Associate Professor and Chair of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney). His monograph Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (OUP: 2012) has received critical acclaim and is recognised widely as an indispensable scholarly text for serious pianists. An ARIA winning artist, Neal has an extensive discography and regularly performs and gives lectures and master classes around the world.