HKON AUSTB¯: Teaching and research

 

In addition to his broad artistic activities on the international arena, HŒkon Austb¿ has built up a considerable pedagogical experience over the years, beside conducting projects of artistic research.

In  1979, he was asked to take a job as a piano major teacher at the Conservatory of Utrecht, the Netherlands. At this point he lacked teaching experience but soon became one of the most sought-after teachers in the country. Here, and later at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, he conducted classes with students from all over the world, who came to profit from from the special artistic profile of his teaching, in instrumental method as well as in developing artistic attitude and unusual repertoire. Moreover, he was head of piano faculty at both institutes, introducing new features into the curriculum such as repertoire classes and historic performance practice.

Mr. Austb¿ has also given numerous masterclasses in institutes like the Folkwang-Hochschule, Essen, Hochschule fŸr Musik, Hamburg, Hochschule fŸr Musik, Berlin, Conservatory of Antwerp, Toho School, Tokyo, Gnessin Institute, Moscow, Musikhšgskolan, Stockholm, Norges Musikkh¿gskole, Oslo and the Grieg Academy, Bergen. In many of these classes he has treated subjects like Skryabin and Messiaen, but also general repertoire.

In 2007, mr. Austb¿ took over the position as professor of piano at the Department of music and Dance, University of Stavanger, Norway, where he conducted a class until 2013, beside being a central figure in the instituteÕs profile. While becoming active in the research field, he also held a position as professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo. Here, he first conducted the project MessiaenÕs colours from 2011 to 2013, then the comprehensive The Reflective Musician, where the process of interpretation is investigated.

From 2016, HŒkon Austb¿ has retired from academic work but continues to teach privately and in masterclasses as well as giving lectures on various topics, often in connection with his concert tours.

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