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About Alexander Stefaniak
Alexander Stefaniak’s research centers on nineteenth-century music: specifically, instrumental virtuosity, Romantic aesthetics, music criticism, and the Schumann circle. His first book, Schumann’s Virtuosity: Composition, Criticism, and Performance in Nineteenth-Century Germany, is forthcoming from Indiana University Press, and his article on virtuosity and the sublime will soon appear in the Journal of Musicology. Alex has also presented his work at national meetings of the American Musicological Society (most recently in 2014), at the International Liszt Congress, and at the North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music.
Alex received his PhD in 2012 from the Eastman School of Music and joined the faculty of Washington University in Saint Louis that year. At Wash U, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on topics ranging from piano culture to comic opera. In Spring 2016, he will be on sabbatical and researching a project on Clara Wieck Schumann’s engagement with mid-nineteenth-century musical aesthetics and her four decades of concertizing, composing, and teaching after Robert Schumann’s death.