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Mikhail Kazakevich (piano)

Mikhail Kazakevich studied at the State Conservatoire in Gorky, opened as a division of Moscow Conservatoire, from 1980-86, with the well-known pianist and teacher Isaak Katz, who was a pupil of the legendary professor Alexander Goldenweiser.

Kazakevich came to London in 1992, where he made his debut at the Wigmore Hall. Soon afterwards he was signed exclusively by the BMG/Conifer recording label, for which he has made numerous recordings that have found great critical acclaim both in England and abroad.

Currently, he is a Professor of Piano at the Trinity College of Music (London). He frequently gives Master Classes and adjudicates at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Atlantic College of Wales.


Recent Scientific Symposium Speakers

Prof Kerstin Uvnas Moberg, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, is the leading research scientist in oxytocin research. Oxytocin is the hormone associated with mothering, breast feeding, emotional responsiveness, affection and wellbeing. She has shown the role of touch and breast-feeding in emotional wellbeing and is confident that music is the other key piece in this vital natural health promoting hormonal response.

Lady Christina Doctore, Ex Surgeon General, Stockholm and WHO director in the Balkans has also concluded that music has a critical role to play in human wellbeing and health. She is particularly concerned with discovering methods to mend brain lacunas (areas of atrophy) associated with emotional trauma and neglect. The best place to start this health and wellbeing agenda is as early as possible – hence the baby and unborn child interest. But the approach has potential across the human lifespan.

Dr Rosalia Starikoff, recently finished the single most comprehensive assessment of Arts and Health to date. Part of her research shows particularly significant effects of music in childbirth.

Prof Nigel Osborne, leading composer and Reid Professor, Edinburgh University,
has devoted his life to exploring the therapeutic potential of music. He has particular expertise in music & the traumatised child (The Balkans) and a profound appreciation of the connections between music, child development and the associated brain sciences.

Dr Peter Fenwick, consultant Neuro-Psychiatrist at Maudsley Hospital, is a world expert on ‘altered states and threshold experience’. He has had a long interest in the role of music (working for many years with Paul Robertson) and recently instigated a series of engaging filmed experiments showing musical response in the unborn child.

Prof Bob Turner, Director of the Wellcome Institute of Neuro-Imaging, UCL,
is the scientist credited with developing Functional Magnetic Imaging Technology (by which it is possible to observe and measure changes in the brain in ‘real time’). He heads a unique colloquium of scientists and researchers enquiring into musical brain function, how the brain interprets and creates musical language, how music is stored in memory, and connects with somatic and affective function (body and emotion).

Bernadette Duffy, Coram Foundation, is an expert on direct musical interventions with mother and child. She is currently involved with an extensive programme of music making for and with mothers and babies at the ‘Coram Family’.

Prof Joy Bhattacharya, Consultant Audiologist Hillingdon Hospital, has observed the effect of music upon many hundreds of newly born babies under her professional charge. She is entirely convinced of the potency of such early musical interventions.


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