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Inja Stanovic (BA Hons, MMus, PhD) joined the University of Huddersfield in 2017 as Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow and a member of the Huddersfield Centre for Performance Research (HuCPeR). Her project, ‘(Re)constructing Early Recordings: a guide for historically-informed performance’, is a three year study on early sound recordings and mechanical recording methods. Results of this research project, which integrate creative practice and theoretical research, illuminates both performance and recording practices of the past, and offers a method for future research in this area. 

Inja is an active pianist and researcher. She finished her PhD at the University of Sheffield, focusing on the nineteenth-century performance practice relating to the work of Frédéric Chopin (“Chopin in Great Britain, 1830 to 1930: reception, performance, recordings”, 2016). Her education started in Croatia at the Ino Mirković School of Music, licensed under the P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, where she studied under Marina Ambokadze. She completed two postgraduate degrees at the Schola Cantorum, Paris, with Eugene Indjic. Shortly after, Inja moved to the US to study her Masters at the Boston Conservatory with Michael Lewin.

As a pianist, Inja has performed throughout the world, including concerts in Croatia, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Inja has held various academic posts, including research fellowship at the Sydney Conservatoire.


Research Expertise and Interests

Inja’s research focuses upon 19th Century performance practice, combining: 1) musicological research, with emphasis upon 19th Century reception, stylistic tendencies, and performance techniques; and 2) practice-based research, involving historically-informed performance practice. Her research interests include early sound recordings and mechanical recording processes, performance practice 1780-1930, Frederic Chopin’s reception, and topics associated with piano performance and repertoire.

Inja’s research and/or playing was awarded scholarships and grants from: Leverhulme Trust (2017), Australian Government (2012); Boston Conservatory (2008); French Government; (2006); Frankopan Awards (2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006) ; Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (2008, 2007, 2006); Petrie Watson Exhibitions (2016, 2015); Gladys Hall Scholarship University of Sheffield (2013), Julian Payne Award University of Sheffield (2010), City of Zagreb Grant (2009).

The most recent concerts include performances in: Reid Concert Hall (Edinburgh), BBC’s The Venue (Leeds), Sheffield Cathedral, St. Andrew’s Church and Firth Hall (Sheffield), Sala Murray Schafer Fonoteca Nacional (Mexico City). Inja contributes to performance modules on the undergraduate courses, including Solo Performance, Performance Skills, and Chamber Music Workshops.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Chopin
  • romantic piano repertoire
  • early sound recordings
  • mechanical recording process
  • digitisation

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Digital or Visual Products

(Re)constructing Early Recordings: a guide for historically-informed performance

Stanovic, I., 1 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Research Hands on PIANO. Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

The Early Classical Recordings of First World War England: Process, preoccupation and performance

Stanovic, I., 15 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) The Great War 1914-1918 and Music: Compositional Strategies, Performing Practices, and Social Impacts.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Masculine and Feminine Compositions: Frederic Chopin and his body (of work)

Stanovic, I., Feb 2017, In : HARTS & Minds. 3, 2, p. 84-95 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Performing Music, Performing Culture: bridging the cleavage between forms of practice: bridging the cleavage between forms of practice

Stanovic, A. & Stanovic, I., 2016, MUSICULT '16: International Music and Cultural Studies Conference Proceedings. p. 202-210 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access

Activities 2016 2019

  • 22 Oral presentation
  • 11 Invited talk
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Performing, Recording and (Re)constructing: A Guide for Historically-Informed Performance

Inja Stanovic (Speaker)
7 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

The Creative Processes in (Re)construction of Early Recordings

Inja Stanovic (Speaker)
9 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Impressions on Wax: (Re)construction of Early Recording Technologies and Performance

Inja Stanovic (Speaker)
23 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

‘Performing, Recording and (Re)constructing: a guide for historically-informed performance’

Inja Stanovic (Speaker)
13 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation