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Natasha Loges


Natasha Loges is Head of Postgraduate Programmes and Reader in Musicology at the Royal College of Music, London. She gained her BMus in piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, her MMus at King’s College London, and her PhD at theRoyal Academy of Music, University of London, entitled Text and Context in Brahms’s Lieder.

Her books include Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall: Between Private and Public Performance (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Brahms and His Poets (Boydell, 2017), Brahms in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Musical Salon Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century (Boydell, 2019) and German Song Onstage (Indiana University Press, 2020). Articles and chapters have appeared in 19th-Century Music, Music and Letters, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, Indiana Theory Review and the edited volumesThe Cambridge History of Musical Performanceand Music and Literature in German Romanticism.

In 2019, Natasha gave keynote lectures at the following international conferences: Society of Musicology Ireland, Maynooth University; Clara Schumann (née Wieck) and Her World, University of Oxford; and The Intellectual Worlds of Johannes Brahms, University of California, Irvine. In autumn 2019 she will give the keynote lecture-recital for Performing Clara Schumann: Keyboard Legacies and Feminine Identities in the Long Romantic Tradition, at Cornell University. She has given many invited talks, most recently for the British Academy-funded conference Song Beyond the Nation at Oxford University. Next spring, she will give a talk at the international bilingual conference Joseph Joachim: Identities/ Identitäten in Karlsruhe, sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

A regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3, Natasha has contributed to Record Review, Composer of the Week and Building a Library. She also reviews for BBC Music Magazine and, occasionally, BBC History Magazine. She has given talks and led education events for the South Bank Centre, the Proms, Leeds Lieder, Sheffield Music in the Round, the London-based educational series Music Talks and Tetbury Festival, among others. For the Oxford Lieder Festival, she has given many pre-concert talks and led research seminars on all aspects of German song. She has written liner notes for recordings by Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton, Eugene Asti, Andreas Boyde, Alastair Miles, Stephan Loges and others. She is a member of the TORCH-funded Oxford Song Network and an elected Council member of the Royal Musical Association.

Natasha has accompanied singers in venues such as Wotton Hall, the Holywell Music Room, St John’s Smith Square London, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Leith Hill Place and as part of the Bösendorfer Piano Series. She has given a recital-tour in India with her husband, bass-baritone Stephan Loges.

Last updated: Sep 2019