BY HEATHER NOEL
UNT College of Music Professor Elvia Puccinelli is opening new pathways for scholars and research in the discipline of collaborative piano.
In 2020, she founded and began serving as president of the International Keyboard Collaborative Arts Society, the first international professional association for collaborative piano that has developed into its own discipline separate from solo piano performance and piano pedagogy in recent decades.
Then, this spring, she launched a new scholarly music journal published through IKCAS. The multimedia journal On Collaborating connects performance and research in collaborative piano through traditional written articles, lecture-recital presentations and a blend of different media.
“Collaborative pianists work in virtually every area of classical music and music theatre, and its very nature is interdisciplinary, but for this reason, it sometimes poses challenges for pianists to find the appropriate outlet for their scholarly work,” says Puccinelli, a professor of collaborative piano and vocal coaching.
“The creation of this journal represents another significant step for our discipline, and one that will strengthen and enrich our international community of pianist-partners. It is a privilege to offer this publication platform to all collaborative specialists so that we can now establish an international record of the activity of the discipline in this very particular way for generations to come.”