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Ira Braus

Ira Braus, piano

Ira Braus is Associate Professor of Music History at the Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theater in West Hartford, CT.  Active as a scholar and a performer, he holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Harvard, a Wulsin Fellowship in Chamber Music Performance from Tanglewood Music Center, a diploma from the Mannes Institute of Advanced Theoretical Studies, a Master’s degree from Stony Brook University, and undergraduate degrees from Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College. He studied piano with Gilbert Kalish and Jack Radunsky, chamber music with Bernard Greenhouse, Samuel Baron, and Luise Vosgerchian.  In 2007, Centaur Records released his CD of Brahms’s late piano works played on the Frederick Collection’s J.B. Streicher piano of 1871.

A respected vocal accompanist, he served as rehearsal pianist for the Glimmerglass Opera Company during its premiere season and went on to collaborate with such singers as D’Anna Fortunato, Benjamin Bagby, and Jeanine Hawley in Lieder recitals.

Mr. Braus’ research, spanning a wide range of subjects, has been published in many journals including 19th Century Music, Journal of Musicological Research, Journal of Music Theory, Music Perception, Brahms Studies, Early Keyboard Studies Newsletter, Clavier, and Coda Magazine.  In the Fall of 2012, he was Visiting Scholar at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music and Media Technology, McGill University (Montreal, QC), where he and Stephen McAdams, Professor of Psychology, studied how timbre affected listeners’ perception of complex meter.