Inja Stanović (BA Hons, MMus, PhD) currently works at the University of Huddersfield 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 completed a BA (hons) at the Ino Mirkovic School of Music, licensed under the P.I.Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (class of Marina Ambokadze). After winning French Government Scholarship, she moved to Paris and completed two postgraduate programmes at the Schola Cantorum (class of Eugen Indjic). Soon after that, she won full-merit scholarship for MMus at The Boston Conservatory (class of Michael Lewin). Inja came to Sheffield in 2010, where she completed the PhD on nineteenth-century performance practice relating to the works of Chopin (supervised by Prof. Simon Keefe). In 2012, after receiving the Australian Government Endeavour Award, Inja spent six months as a Visiting Research Fellow at Sydney Conservatorium, where she explored some of the differences between early sound recordings and editions of musical scores. More recently, Inja completed a funded research project concerning John Donaldson’s Piano Sonata in G Minor; the challenge of interpreting Donaldson’s work, without recourse to precedent or interpretational lineage, resulted in publication of the first publicly available recording of the sonata.
Inja has held various academic posts, including research fellowship at the Sydney Conservatoire and visiting lectureship at the Birmingham Conservatoire. She has received scholarships and grants from: Leverhulme Trust (2017), Australian Government (2012); Boston Conservatory (2008); French Government; (2006); Frankopan Awards (2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 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).
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.