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Evolving, Surviving, and Thriving: Working as a Chamber Musician in the 21st Century 

In The Chamber Musician in the Twenty-First Century, , Ed.


Existing research into chamber musicians’ careers has offered insights into both musical and social aspects of these musicians’ work together. However, in addition to their tendency to focus solely on the experiences of string quartet musicians, these earlier studies document the experiences of chamber musicians of the late 20th century. With the rise of the internet and digital technologies, innovative approaches to audience development, and cuts to arts funding and education, much has changed for UK-based chamber musicians in the 21st century. This interview study with professional chamber musicians at different stages in their careers explores the challenges that these musicians face and the wide-ranging set of skills that they have developed in response. The vocational nature of this work is emphasised, and many of the financial, entrepreneurial, and logistical challenges are outlined. Various barriers in relation to equality, diversity, and inclusion are identified, and implications for higher music education and for the future of the profession are explored.

The Chamber Musician in the Twenty-First Century
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The Chamber Musician in the Twenty-First Century

Mine Doğantan-Dack ORCID link
, Ed.
Published: July 2022
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