Apollo’s Gift: Music and the Mind

Apollo's Gift

ANU welcomes world renowned Music-Neurologist Prof. Eckart Altenmüller (Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine Hanover, Germany)for a week residency as Visiting Fellow as a result of ANU Woodwind Lecturer Sally Walker’s RSHA Grant. Also an accompanied flautist who studied with some of the world’s greatest teachers, Eckart Altenmüller will join flautist Sally Walker and pianist Natalia Tkachenko in a recital of Baroque works and a Music and the Mind-related work by Kats-Chernin (commissioned by Walker). The world-leading authority on music and the mind will also give a presentation on why music moves us. “Music is a universal language of emotions…Indirectly, music can improve the immune system by improving wellbeing and motivation” ”. (Eckart Altenmüller, Newcastle Herald)


Composer Cyrus Meurant will perform two movements from his work ‘Monday to Friday’, which featured flautist Sally Walker and has been nominated for ‘Innovation of the Year – Dementia Solution’ at the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards. Cyrus appears courtesy of the work’s commissioner Linda Beaumont (Beaumont Care Homes), who says her motivation for the project was driven by the well-recognised benefits of music for dementia patients.

Eckart Altenmüller – Flute, Speaker
Sally Walker – Flute
Natalia Tkachenko - Piano

Cyrus Meurant - Piano

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Trio in B flat Wq.161/2

Cyrus Meurant From Monday to Friday
Eckart Altenmüller Talk about the beneficial effects of music on our wellbeing, emotionality and the brain
Elena Kats-Chernin Apollo’s Gift (commissioned by Sally Walker)
J.J. Quantz’s Trio Sonata in A minor QV 2:40

“A distinguishing feature of this concert was a seamless collaboration between science and music. …The addition of research presentation left the audience not only spellbound by the music, but very well informed.”(Sounds Like Sydney)

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