Professor Deborah Mawer

Research Professor of Music; Director, French Music Research Hub

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
+44 (0)121 331 5925

Deborah Mawer is the Director of Research for Birmingham Conservatoire and the Birmingham School of Acting. She joined the Conservatoire in 2013.

Prior to this, Deborah worked at a number of universities, including working as a lecturer in music at the University of Newcastle, Personal Chair at Lancaster University, external examiner at the University of Oxford and holding a Visiting Professorship at the University of Huddersfield.

Deborah studied her PhD at King’s College London and the advanced course at the Royal Academy of Music. A modern and baroque viola player, she has freelanced with City of London Sinfonia, Vivaldi Concertante and the Avison Ensemble. She is also an international research specialist on twentieth-century French music, especially Ravel, Les Six and Jolivet, as well as in music-dance and classical-jazz interactions.

As an Editorial Board member for The British Journal of Music Education, and former Senior Academic Adviser for PALATINE, Deborah’s long-standing interested in education and pedagogy saw her awarded an individual National Teaching Fellowship. She has written and released a number of books and monographs, has written in scholarly journals and presented at many international conferences. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

She has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 (with Robert Winston), is in demand for pre-performance talks, including at Glyndebourne and Music in the Round (2012), and has produced CD essays for Deutsche Grammophon and Hyperion.

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