Caroline Rae (piano)
Caroline Rae is Reader in Music at Cardiff University. She has published widely on French music since Debussy and is also a specialist on the musical writings of Alejo Carpentier. She is currently preparing the first study of André Jolivet in English, forthcoming with Ashgate. Also a pianist, she has performed as a soloist internationally as well as in UK and focuses on repertoire relating to her French music research interests. She recently gave the UK premiere of Jolivet's 'Hope Snake Dance' with Iwan Llewelyn-Jones as part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's City of Light: Paris 1900-1950 festival. A pupil of Dame Fanny Waterman, she later studied with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen in Paris, as well as at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover. With the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, she was co-organiser of the BBC Discovering Dutilleux Festival, which took place in the presence of the composer in 2008, Jolivet Composer Portrait (2011), the Paul Sacher Perspectives season (2012) as well as the Dutilleux Centenary celebrations of January 2016. She was Series Advisor for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s City of Light: Paris 1900-1950 festival (2014-15) and has given public lectures at the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican and Royal College of Music in London. She broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3, recent projects including BBC Ravel Day, the i-wonder Guide series, BBC Proms Extra on Messiaen and Dutilleux Composer of the Week.