Extended Biography

Inja Stanović (BA Hons, MMus, PhD) currently works at the University of Huddersfield as Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow and a member of the Research Centre for Performance Practices (ReCePP). 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, illuminate both performance and recording practices of the past, and offer a method for future research in this area. Inja is active in early recordings research, and is a co-founder of ‘Rethinking Early Recordings’ network.


Inja is an active pianist and researcher. She 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,“Chopin in Great Britain, 1830 to 1930: reception, performance, recordings” (supervised by Prof. Simon Keefe, class of Benjamin Frith). 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.


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: RMA (2019 and 2020), Institute of Musical Research (2019), The City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society (2018), 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).


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.

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 at Huddersfield University on the undergraduate courses, including Solo Performance, Performance Skills, and Chamber Music Workshops.