Tania LisboaResearch Fellow
Royal College of Music

Tania Lisboa joined the Royal College of Music in September 2001 as a Research Associate and was appointed Research Fellow in Performance Science in 2008. She is also an honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London. Her current research focuses on expert memory, performance education, and communication in rehearsal. Tania is currently a commissioner to the International Society for Music Education’s Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician.

Her doctoral research at Sheffield University employed longitudinal studies with young cellists to investigate the relationship between musical understanding and a multi-modal approach to teaching and learning. Since 2003, Tania has also managed the RCM’s videoconferencing programme. Recent activities in this area include links with international conservatoires and universities in the USA, Europe and Asia.

In parallel with her academic research, Tania pursues an active career as a solo cellist. A native of Brazil, where she also trained as a pianist, her concert engagements encompass Europe, Asia, and North and South America. In addition to the standard repertoire, she has recorded the complete works for cello and piano by C Guarnieri and by H Villa-Lobos for Meridian Records, the latter in three volumes.

Email: tania.lisboa@rcm.ac.uk

Current projects

In Sync
Performing from Memory

Publications

2016

Demos AP, Lisboa T, & Chaffin R (2016), Flexibility of expressive timing in repeated musical performances, Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (1490), 1-9 [DOI].

2015

Lisboa T, Chaffin R, & Demos AP (2015), Recording thoughts while memorizing music: a case study, Frontiers in Psychology, 5 (1561), 1-13 [DOI].

2014

Clark T, Lisboa T, & Williamon A (2014), An investigation into musicians’ thoughts and perceptions during performance, Research Studies in Music Education, 36, 19-37 [DOI].

Clark T, Lisboa T, & Williamon A (2014), Learning to be an instrumental musician, in I Papageorgi & G Welch (eds.), Advanced Musical Performance: Investigations in Higher Education Learning (pp. 287-300), Ashgate.

2013

Clark T & Lisboa T (2013), Training for sustained performance: moving toward long-term musician development, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 28, 159-168.

2012

Lisboa T, Chaffin R, & Demos A (2012), Preparing memorised performance: the transition between childhood and expertise, in J Weller (ed.), Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Seminar of the Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician (pp. 74-79), International Society for Music Education.

2011

Cervino A, Laws C, Lettberg M, & Lisboa T (eds.) (2011), The Practice of Practising, University Press Leuven [ISBN 9789058678485].

Lisboa T, Chaffin R, & Logan T (2011), A self-study of practice: words versus action in music problem solving, in A Williamon, D Edwards, & L Bartel (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2011 (pp. 517-522), European Association of Conservatoires.

2010

Chaffin R, Lisboa T, Logan T, & Begosh K (2010), Preparing for memorized cello performance: the role of performance cues, Psychology of Music, 38, 3-30 [DOI].

Lisboa T, Chaffin R, & Begosh K (2010), Learning and memorizing in music performance: the role of performance cues, in M. Hannan (ed.), Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seminar of the Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician (pp. 73-76), International Society for Music Education.

2009

Chaffin R & Lisboa T (2009), Practicing perfection: how concert soloists prepare for performance, Ictus, 9, 115-142.

Lisboa T, Chaffin R, & Logan T (2009), How memory fades: very-long-term recall of Bach, in A Williamon, S Pretty, & R Buck (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2009 (pp. 315-320), European Association of Conservatoires.

Lisboa T & Gualda F (2009), Left-hand expression in cello playing: Exploring approaches to shifting, in A Williamon, S Pretty, & R Buck (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2009 (pp. 423-428), European Association of Conservatoires.

2008

Lisboa T (2008), Action and thought in cello playing: an investigation of children’s practice and performance, International Journal of Music Education, 26, 243-267 [DOI].

Lisboa T (2008), Review of Mastering the Art of Performance (OUP, 2006), British Journal of Music Education, 25, 103-106 [DOI].

2007

Clark T, Williamon A, & Lisboa T (2007), The phenomenology of performance: exploring musicians’ perceptions and experiences, in A Williamon & D Coimbra (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2007 (pp. 35-40), European Association of Conservatoires.

Lisboa T, Chaffin R, Logan T, & Begosh K (2007), Variability and automaticity in highly practiced cello performance, in A Williamon & D Coimbra (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2007 (pp. 161-166), European Association of Conservatoires.

2006

Williamon A, Thompson S, Lisboa T, & Wiffen C (2006), Creativity, originality, and value in music performance, in I Deliège & G Wiggins (eds.), Musical Creativity: Multidisciplinary Research in Theory and Practice (pp. 161-180), Psychology Press.

2005

Lisboa T, Chaffin R, & Logan C (2005), An inquiry into the dynamics of performance: investigating conception and attention from practice to performance on the cello, in M Dottori, B Ilari, & R Coelho de Souza (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Cognition and Musical Arts (pp. 228-236), Editora do Deartes.

Lisboa T, Williamon A, Woledge R, & Clarke E (2005), Mapping musical movement: the physical expression of musical individuality, in M Dottori, B Ilari, & R Coelho de Souza (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Cognition and Musical Arts (pp. 236-238), Editora do Deartes.

Lisboa T, Williamon A, Zicari M, & Eiholzer H (2005), Mastery through imitation: a preliminary study, Musicae Scientiae, 9, 75-110 [DOI].

2003

Lisboa T (2003), An overview of Villa-Lobos’ compositions for the violoncello, Música Hodie, 3, 44-51.

Recordings

Lisboa T & Capparelli C (pianist) (2008), The Brazilian Cello, Meridian Records.

Lisboa T & Braga M (pianist) (1997, 2e released 2005), Villa-Lobos – O Violoncello do Villa: Complete Works for ‘Cello and Piano (Vol. 1), Meridian Records.

Lisboa T, Braga M (pianist), & Zhang Y (violinist) (1998), Villa-Lobos – O Violoncello do Villa: Complete Works for Violin, ‘Cello and Piano (Vol. 2) , Meridian Records.

Lisboa T, Braga M (pianist), & Milone R (violinist) (2003), Villa-Lobos – O Violoncello do Villa: Complete Works for Violin, ‘Cello and Piano (Vol. 3), Meridian Records.

Lisboa T & de La Pau Tortelier M (pianist) (1997), Fauré – Les Soirées Intimes: Complete Works for ‘Cello and Piano, Meridian Records.

Lisboa T & Askin C (violinist) (1996), Octachord: Virtuoso Duos for Violin and ‘Cello, Meridian Records.