Round table: Bridges Between Research and Practice 

Round Table

Sunday, 8th November 2020- 11.15- 1.00pm

Speakers: Cristina Bellu (France), Philip Aird (United Kingdom), Francisco Cardoso (Portugal). Wolfgang Klos (Austria), Claudio forcada (United Kingdom), Jorge Alves (Portugal)

Chair: Clarissa Foletto (Portugal)

This round table aims to bring together string teachers and researchers to discuss the conference theme “Bridges between research and practice”. This theme concerns to the existent gap of the dissemination of knowledge production in academia and its application in practical contexts of teaching and learning. Therefore, we aim to enrich the perspectives on both sides and to find some answers for questions about the development and dissemination of our collective knowledge and experience about string teaching

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About the speakers

Cristina Bellu (France)

is a cellist, a cello teacher, and a music researcher. As a performer, she is currently focusing on chamber music and she collaborates in innovative projects with wind orchestras. Morehead, Lawrence and Mertens have composed for her. As a pedagogue, she teaches cello in Mulhouse, France (currently on leave of absence) and Yverdon, Switzerland, where she lives. She is also a cello pedagogy teacher in Lugano and Lausanne (Switzerland). In the research field, she is interested on teaching musical interpretation and performance. In this domain, she contributes to understanding the influence of motor profiles in cello beginners (Swiss National Funds grant),
in teaching interpretation to young pupils, in inquiring rhythmical approaches in mandatory school instruction, and finally, in discovering effective teaching approaches to senior students. She is a scientific collaborator at the University of Geneva, where she is taking her PhD in Education.

Philip Aird (United Kingdom)

After graduating from the Royal Welsh College
of Music and Drama, Philip completed his Post Graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Philip now enjoys a career in music with roles in senior management, performance, and education. He is currently CEO of the European String Teachers Association, Director of Young Grittleton Chamber Music Courses, Joint Managing Director of PartPlay LTD and a member of the 1st violin section of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. His playing career has included guesting with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Philip loves musicals and has played frequently in London’s West End for shows such as Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, Showboat and West Side Story. His studio work includes numerous recordings for film and TV, including Harry Potter (The Half‐ ‐Blood Prince) and several drama series for the BBC and ITV. As an educator, Philip has held teaching posts at several independent schools and also lectured at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In collaboration with Thomastik‐Infeld, Philip as co‐founder of PartPlay has launched a free app and online resource for students wishing to study chamber music. In his role as CEO of ESTA UK, Philip has developed the strategic pathway for its professional development courses and accredited programs. Philip is also in demand as a consultant and works closely with the music industry. Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, String Ambassador for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has an MBA from Aston Business School. Hobbies include supporting Welsh Rugby Union, cooking and collecting (and drinking) vintage port.

Francisco Cardoso (Portugal)

Professor at ESML, IPL; Researcher at CESEM | FCSH, UNL; PhD at London University (Institute of Education), MA at Surrey University (Roehampton); BMus at ESML, IPL. Worked for more than 10 years as music teacher at the Lisbon Conservatory. Teaches for more than 15 years subjects related to music pedagogy, music didactics, research in music education, music psychology, music performance. Conducts research projects (at master degree and doctoral level) related to the same issues. Worked also at Universidade de Aveiro as Lecturer and Researcher.



Wolfgang Klos (Austria)

Was born in 1953 in Vienna, Austria. In 1977 he obtained his diploma with honor by unanimous decision together with the award of distinction from the Minister of Science at the then College of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. While in high school at the Theresianische Akademie, where he passed his A‐Level in 1971, he studied simultaneously at the former Academy for Music and Performing Arts Vienna and Law at the University of Vienna. His repeated encounters with Ernst Krenek and Max Rostal, who was also his teacher, had a lasting influence on his artistic development. The winner of a great number of competitions combines the skills of a soloist and the competence for chamber music and orchestral performance with a strong engagement in pedagogic and socio‐cultural tasks: 1975‐77 member of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, 1977‐81 soloist for viola at the Tonhalle‐ ‐Orchester Zürich, 1981 ‐89 soloist for viola with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra; 1977‐ ‐89 Professor at the Provincial Conservatory of Vorarlberg; 1984‐89 adjunct faculty, as of 1989 full professor for viola at the Music University of Vienna.The centre of his artistic activities, however, lies in the area of chamber music. As a member of the Vienna String Trio since 1981, he established an international reputation as a performer in a large number
of concerts as well as TV productions and recordings. Among these stands out his participation in the recording of string trio compositions of an almost encyclopedic scope, which won him international claim. As a soloist, he is seen in Europe, overseas and the Far East as a prominent representative of the Viennese interpretational style, which he is intent on promoting on the podiums of the musical centres of the world. Wolfgang Klos is also a recognized authority as juror tor national and international competitions, as a teacher of master courses, as a lecturer at congresses and as an author in specialist journals. From 1972 to 1977 students‘ representative, from 1978 to 1981 member of the advisory board of the orchestra, from 1991 to 2002 Head of the Department of String and Other Instruments and from 2002 to 2007 he was Vice Rector of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 2003 he was awarded the Grand Decoration of honor for services to the Republic of Austria. He plays the viola built by Giovanni Battista Ceruti in 1780.

Claudio forcada (United Kingdom)

Holds a PhD from Birmingham City University (BCU) with a thesis on efficacy in violin teaching and the psychological aspects related to the acquisition of motor skills. He has also published three handbooks and filmed six documentaries on string pedagogy, music education, music psychology and research, commissioned by the Valencian International University (VIU). From 1993 to 2006, Claudio has been teaching at several conservatoires in Spain. Since 1999, he has presented more than 300 workshops and lectures in Europe, America and Asia (including England, Iceland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, El Salvador, Japan, Korea, México, Canada and India). In 2012, he was awarded the “Ernest Newman Price” at the BCU and was also honoured in 2013 with recognition from the president at the Legislative Assembly in El Salvador for his contribution to music education in the country. In addition to his roles as professor of string pedagogy at the VIU and director of Studio Forcada (London and Henley‐on‐Thames), Claudio has been a trainer in residence at “El Sistema, Portugal” and currently at “Ad Libitum” (Valencia, Spain). He is also a trustee and founder of the charity “Children4Music” and a member of the Henley Symphony Orchestra. He has recently been appointed director of contents at I‐Musi (www.i‐, an innovative teaching method awarded by the Spanish Government, which includes a digital platform and books for all instruments.

Jorge Alves (Portugal) 

Is professor at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espetáculo – Porto and He is member of the Matosinhos String Quartet. With this group, he performs regularly in Portugal and abroad, collaborating with some of the most prominent musicians, and has been involved in the premiere and recording of several contemporary pieces. Matosinhos String Quartet was nominated ‘Rinsing Stars’ from the prestigious European Concert Hall Organization. Jorge Alves has an extensive performance experience, having appeared throughout Spain, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Brazil, Russia and China, as a soloist, as well as with chamber ensembles and orchestras. He was awarded the first prize in viola (1996) and chamber music (1991) at the Radio National Competition PJM‐RTP (Portugal), Santa Cecilia International Music Festival (Italy, 1996) and the Alcobaça International Chamber Music Competition (Portugal, 2009). After finishing his graduation in Portugal, he was awarded a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation that allowed him to study during four years with Tibor Varga (Sion, Switzerland) and Bruno Giuranna (Cremona, Italy). Jorge Alves is the founder and president of the Portuguese Viola Association and He host the 42o International Viola Congress that took place at Porto from the 26th to the 30th November 2104, and He is founder President of the Portuguese Branch of the European String Teachers Association. Jorge Alves loves to teach and he regularly
do viola and chamber music master classes all over Portugal but also in he Lemmens Institute, Leuven; Maastricht Conservatory, Malta Summer Festival, Conservatório de Cosenza, Campus delle Arti, Bassano Del Grappa and Santa Maria University, Brasil. Antwerp Conservatory, Petrozavodsk State Conservatory.


Clarissa Foletto (Portugal)

Is researcher, violin teacher and performer. She holds a European PhD in Music ‐ Instrumental teaching, from University of Aveiro (Erasmus period at Institute of Education/ University College of London). Her research focus on innovative approaches to instrumental teaching and learning, teacher and student communication, strings pedagogy, parental involvement in teaching and learning music; and artistic research. As violinist and performer, she is part of the music group Atma Kirtana where her activities include songwriting, arrangements, performance and public relations executive. She was member of founder committees of associations and initiatives in Portugal, namely: (i) member of the founder committee and actual secretary of ESTA Portugal; (ii) member of the founder committee of the IMPAR platform ‐ Initiatives, Meetings and Publications on Artistic Research; (iii) founder and coordinator of the Laboratory for the Teaching and Learning of Music (Labeamus) at UA/Inet‐md. Recently, she was appointed as Research fellow in University of Aveiro, Portugal in the scope of FCT Stimulus of Scientific Employment, Individual Support 2017.