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John Rink
2008 -

John Rink 
John Rink is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway. He studied at Princeton University,King's College London, and the University of Cambridge, where his doctoral research wason the evolution of tonal structure in Chopin's early music and its relation toimprovisation. He also holds the Concert Recital Diploma and Premier Prix in piano fromthe Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He specialises in the fields of performance studies,theory and analysis, and nineteenth-century studies, and has produced three edited books forCambridge University Press: Chopin Studies 2 (1994; with Jim Samson), The Practice of Performance: Studies in Musical Interpretation (1995) and Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding (2002). He has also published a Cambridge Music Handbook entitled Chopin: The Piano Concertos (1997), which draws upon his experience in performing these works.

John Rink is one of three Series Editors of The Complete Chopin - A New Critical Edition, and is Project Director of two major funded research projects:'Chopin's First Editions Online ' (AHRC Resource Enhancement scheme, 2004-07) and 'Online Chopin Variorum Edition' (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarly CommunicationsProgram, 2003-08). He is an Associate Director of CHARM and has also directed a four-yearresearch project funded by The Leverhulme Trust which will culminate in anAnnotated Catalogue of Chopin's First Editions (CUP, forthcoming 2009) prepared in conjunction with Christophe Grabowski. From 2009 to 2014, he will direct the Phase 2 AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice(CMPCP), which will be based at Royal Holloway in partnership with King's College Londonand the University of Oxford, with a budget of c.£2.2 million.

He sits on the editorial boards of Music Analysis, Music & Letters, and Musicae Scientiae, and is a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College. He also chairs the Steering Committeeof the AHRC's Landscape and Environment Strategic Programme and the AHRC/CHEAD working partyon 'Mapping Infrastructure in Performance-Led Research', in addition to serving on theSteering Committee of the 'Beyond Text' Strategic Programme. He was also a member of theAHRC's Strategic Advisory Group from 2004 to 2007.

The courses he teaches at Royal Holloway include core subjects in Analysis and Notations,a range of 2nd- and 3rd-year option courses such as 'The Music of Chopin', and an MMus seminar on 'Techniques of Performance Studies'. He convenes the Performance Studiespathway within the MMus in Advanced Musical Studies, and conceived the separate MMusin Performance Studies offered jointly with the Royal College of Music. He also supervises MPhil/PhD students. He served as Director of Graduate Study in the MusicDepartment for four years and as Head of Department from 2003 to 2006.

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