Adjunct Instructor of Music
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BMus University of Sheffield; MMus Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; PhD candidate Durham University
Research Areas: Music memory, music psychology, piano pedagogy, piano memorisation techniques
Chara Steliou is a Cypriot pianist with several years of experience across the UK, Cyprus and the UAE. She is currently the Head of Piano at Nord Anglia International School, Dubai. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Sheffield (UK), where she studied piano under the tutelage of Benjamin Frith and a Master of Music from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (UK), where she studied with Richard McMahon and Graham Fitch. Over the years she took part in numerous piano masterclasses by world-renowned pianists, such as Alfred Brendel, Polina Leschenko, James Kirby, Martin Jones, Elena Kuschnerova and others.
Currently, she is a PhD candidate at Durham University (UK), with research interests on music memory, piano pedagogy and piano memorisation techniques. Her interests derive from her daily interaction with piano students and the need to develop a practically and empirically informed memorisation system in order to assist piano students memorise and improve their performance experience.
Her latest achievements include her participation at The 17th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) in Tokyo, where she will present the results of her latest research project "A survey into piano teachers' perceptions of music memorisation in one-to-one piano lessons."