Inja Stanovic is a Croatian pianist and researcher, born in Zagreb and currently residing in Sheffield, UK. As a pianist, Inja has performed throughout the world, including concerts in Croatia, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Inja’s pianism focuses upon 19th Century performance practice, as she combines musicological research (with particular emphasis upon 19th Century reception, stylistic tendencies, and performance techniques), and practice-based research (involving historically-informed performance practice).
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. Having a particular interest in period pianos, Inja partially recorded this CD on an 1804 Broadwood, which can be heard here.
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).
In her current pianistic research, Inja is using two period pianos: a Stericher from 1881 and a Broadwood from 1895.
28 October 2018 – Royal Academy of Music, London – lecture-recital: “The Julius Block project: mechanical recording processes, digital technologies and application on performance”
16 October 2018 – Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham – lecture-recital: “(Re)constructing Early Recordings: a guide for historically-informed performance”
5 September 2018 – Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius – lecture-recital: “The Early Sound Recordings as Primary Evidence: late nineteenth-century expressive techniques relating to Chopin’s Nocturnes”
2 August 2018 – Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney – all Chopin recital
2 July 2018 – University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield – lecture-recital: “Late Nineteenth-Century Expressive Techniques and Music of F. Chopin”
3 July 2018 – University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield – chamber music recital
29 June 2018 – RNCM, Manchester – lecture-recital: “Late Nineteenth-Century Expressive Techniques and Music of F. Chopin”