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Salome Chitaia

Music, Birmingham City University

Thesis title:

Virtuosity and Sonority in Ravel?s piano music ? a practice-led investigation focusing upon the ?Lisztian? trace

Maurice Ravel’s piano works include some of the most demanding pieces of the piano repertoire within an aesthetic of French refinement and clarity. My practice-led research will aim to investigate purely pianistic problematics concerning the complex interaction of virtuosity, sonority and expression. Looking beyond his immediate French contemporaries and forebears, it will place Ravel’s music in the context of the Grand Tradition, notably Franz Liszt.

Adopting a reflective practitioner approach, the intention of this project is to use performance as a vehicle for interrogating how Ravel’s pianism operates in itself and in relation to the virtuosity of the Grand Tradition.

Research Area

  • Music
  • Musical Performance


Midlands4Cities Research Festival June, 2022

Inside/Out Research Festival January, 2022

PgCert Research Festival December, 2021


Student Advisory Forum Representative for Birmingham City University, 2022

Midlands Music Research Network, Since 2021

Chopin Society of Warsaw "Stowarzyszenie Smolna", Since 2017


Royal Birmingham Conservatoire                                                                                2019-2020
Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Performance (UK Level 8 Doctorate)

Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw                                                        2017-2018
Postgraduate Artistic Training in Piano Performance

Academy of Music in Krakow                                                                                       2015-2017
Master of Music (Piano)

Tbilisi State Conservatoire                                                                                             2010-2014
Bachelor of Music (Piano)

Awards, Grands and Scholarships

International Education Center of Georgia Scholarship 2022-2025

Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership Award 2021-2025

Anthony Cross Memorial Prize 2020

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Full Scholarship Award 2019-2020

Bradshaw Bursary at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire 2019-2020

Scholarship for the highest-ranking students at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire 2010-2014

Georgian Presidential Scholarship 2010-2012

Tbilisi State Conservatoire Full Scholarship 2010-2014