Dr Linda Kouvaras

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Professor In Music (Musicology)​

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music​

Professor Linda Kouvaras is a musicologist, composer and pianist. She holds a continuing position in Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the University of Melbourne, and publishes in contemporary music, both classical and popular, focusing especially on Australian music, postmodernism and gender issues in music.

After several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s playing in rock and New Wave/Punk bands and for theatre productions, Linda resumed classical piano studies in the UK in 1984, returning to complete her studies at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, under A/Profs Ronald Farren-Price and Max Cooke, culminating in a Masters Degree in Piano in 1991. Her research work was supervised by Dr Brenton Broadstock, Dr Naomi Cumming, and historian Dr David Goodman and led to her PhD in Musicology in 1996. She has taught in tertiary Music since 1989. Linda Kouvaras's publications appear in all of Australia's musicological journals and in international forums. A substantial Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant (2005-08), where she was co-Chief Investigator, led to her monograph, Loading the Silence: Australian Sound Art in the Post-Digital Age. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2013; London: Routledge, 2016. This book was awarded the Rebecca Coyle Publication Prize in 2014 through the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Australia / New Zealand. It has also garnered several reviews, all favourable, and has led to invitations for Linda to speak in public forums. Her most recent musicological publication projects are L. Kouvaras, M. Grenfell, & N. Wlliams, eds, A Century of Composition by Women : Music Against the Odds. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, in-press, 2022, and L. Kouvaras, M. Grenfell, & N. Wlliams, eds,The Composer, Herself; Contemporary Snapshots of the Creative Process. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, in-press, 2022.
Recordings of her works and piano performances appear on Move Records, ABC, Cicadia and Irida Classical labels, and on independent release. Her compositions are played at recitals and festivals nationally and internationally. She has full composer representation with APRA-AMCOS and also publishes with Reed Music. Her solo CD is Kouvaras: PianoWorks(Move Records, 2000) and the most recent CD recording to feature her music is "Art and Life"; "Sleeping Girl", Myrsini Margariti, Soprano, Effie Agrafioti, Piano, on Greek Muse (Athens: Irida Classical, 2020). A three-CD release of her Chamber Music is planned for recording through Toccata Classics (London), 2022.

Linda has enjoyed several artist-in-residence stays at Bundanon, the Boyd Estate in NSW, 1999-2010. She is a Research Fellow in Music and Performing Arts at Ormond College, the University of Melbourne and tutored there 1993–2021. Linda examines in piano for the Australian Music Examinations Board and maintains a select piano teaching studio.

Subjects she is currently teaching at the Conservatorium are: Sex, Death and the Ecstatic in Music; Art-Music and Postmodernism; Music as Noise: Making Sound Art; Music Language 2: Chromaticism and Beyond; and Music in Australia.

Linda enjoys a vibrant supervisory interaction with her PhD, MMus, and Hons Dissertation student across a broad range of research areas in the disciplines of Musicology and Performance.