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Nancy Lee Harper


Nancy Lee Harper

Professora Associada com Agregação (aposentada)

Nancy Lee Harper is Associate Professor with Aggregation at the Department of Communication and Art of the University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal, currently retired. As a pianist and pedagogue, she has performed in concerts, masterclasses and conferences on four continents of the world in 29 countries and in prestigious institutions such as the Juilliard, Eastman, Trinity College, Norwegian State Academy, Liszt University, China Conservatory, Delhi Music Society, and others. She has recorded several CDs, some of which are world premieres of Portuguese music. She has been a member of the jury of several international piano competitions and was the founder of the 1st International Piano Competition “Helena Sá e Costa” and the International Piano Festival “Celebrating Great Pianists”. She was co-founder and president of EPTA-Portugal (European Piano Teachers’ Association) and was President of EPTA (2006) and International Vice President (2000-2005, 2007-2013). As a researcher, she has published many articles and books, including two books on the Spanish composer, Manuel de Falla, and a bibliography on Portuguese piano music (Scarecrow, 2013). She researches in the area of ​​Music and Medicine and Performance Studies. She has supervised Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral theses. She is a co-editor for Piano Journal (London). Nominated for an Excellence in Arts Award (Belgium, 2006) and named “Researcher of the Month” (UA, Nov. 2012), Nancy is a member of the Scientific Council of several International Scientific Journals (Portugal, Brazil, United Kingdom).


1. Harper, N. L. (2016) Friedman Piano Transcriptions. Bach, Couperin, Dalayrac, Dandriel, Field, Franch, Gluck, Grazioli, Rameau, Scarlatti. Joseph Banowetz, piano. Naxos Grand Piano GP712, 2016, Liner notes, pp.5-9.

2. Harper, N. L. (2013) “La Ambigüedad en las obras para piano compuestas por Falla en su madurez: ampliando las fronteras instrumentales”, Quodlibet (Mayo-Agosto 2013) vol. 53, no. 2, Monográfico Manuel de Falla (1).Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, pp. 68-90. ISSN 1134-8615.

3. Harper, N. L. (2012) “Lisztmania em Portugal: Rumores nortenhos” in Actas do I Congresso O Porto Romântico , vol. II, coord. Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa, pág. 187-194. Porto: U. Católica, CITAR. ISSN 978-989-8366-28-3.

4. Harper, N. L. et al. (2011) “Slow Down and Learn”: Pianists and Memory, communication presented with T. Henriques, A. Pereira, Direito, Cunha, Miranda, Tavares, Soares in International Symposium for Performance Science, Toronto, Canada, 24-28 August 2011, published here, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2011, edited by Aaron Williamon, Darryl Edwards, and Lee Bartel, published by the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), Utrecht, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789490306021. pp. 681-686, available here.

5. Harper, N. L. (2007) “Golden Section in the Scarlatti Sonatas” in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2007, edited by Aaron Williamon and Daniela Coimbra, published by the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), Utrecht, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789090224848, pp. 239-244, available here.