Name: László Stachó
Subjects: psychology of musical performance, psychology of music, psychology for musicians
Position at Liszt Academy: senior lecturer - Department of Music Pedagogy
Born: 1977, Szeged, Hungary
- MSc in Musicology, Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), 2004.
- MSc in Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest), 2006.
- MSc in Theoretical Linguistics, University of Szeged, 2007.
- Collegium Degree in Media & Communication Studies, Mathias Corvinus Collegium (Budapest), 2005.
- PhD candidate in Musicology, Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest).
- PhD candidate in Musicology, University of Jyväskylä (Finland).
- Participated on piano, fortepiano and chamber music master classes by Lívia Rév, Malcolm Bilson, Jaap Schröder, Ferenc Rados, Alexei Lubimov, Jacques Ogg, and Miklós Spányi.
Scholarships and fellowships (selection)
- Scholarship holder of the Youth For Understanding Foundation (exchange student in Finland, Savonlinna High School of Arts and Music), 1994–1995.
- Fellowship of the Republic of Hungary (Köztársasági Ösztöndíj), 1998–2001.
- Kodály Fellowship (Ministry of Education and Culture), 2005–2008.
- ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music) Young Researchers Award, 2006.
- Habilitas Fellowship of the Hungarian Development Bank, 2007–2008.
- Research Grant of the Rector of the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), 2006–2007, 2009–2010.
- Senior Lecturer at the Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), 2005– (psychology of musical performance, psychology of music, psychology for musicians).
- Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Music of the University of Szeged, 2005– (chamber music, music theory and analysis, history of musical interpretation, psychology of musical performance).
Teaching at master classes
- International Conducting Masterclass with Ilona Meskó and the MÁV Symphony Orchestra (2011, coaching for conductors).
- Miszla Baroque (2011, chamber music).
- Excellence Program of the Liszt Academy (2011, personal coaching for outstanding students).
- Regularly performs as a pianist in chamber music concerts at the Liszt Academy of Music.
- 5 Hungarian contemporary works (for organ, for piano, and for viola and piano) premiered (2001–2009).
- Pécs Summer Academy (2012, chamber music; with Kristóf Baráti, Péter Bársony, Gergely Bogányi, and István Várdai).
Academic research internships in music studies
Musicology and psychology of music
- 20th century performing practice, especially performing art models and ideals of the pianist and composer Béla Bartók.
- Bartók analysis.
- Interpretation of emotions in musical performance.
- Promotion of effective and creative working and practice methods and enhancement of performing and musical awareness.
- Stress management methods for musicians.
Community service (selection)
- Regularly working as a music critic for the Hungarian Radio and for Muzsika, the Hungarian monthly of classical music.
- Fellow Tutor, Mathias Corvinus Collegium, Budapest, 2006–2009.
- Co-founder and editor of the review LélekJelenLét (Hungarian Quarterly for Psychology, Sociology and Psychology of the Babeş–Bolyai University of Kolozsvár/Cluj, Romania, and the Szeged College for Social Sciences, Hungary), 2000–2002.
- Organizer of the Symposium for the 125th Anniversary of Béla Bartók's Birth in Nagyszentmiklós (now Sânnicolau Mare, Romania, the composer's birthplace), 2006.
- Founder Member of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research (Finnish Academy of Sciences / University of Jyväskylä), 2006.
- Author of the chapter on music education of the National Core Curriculum, 2012.
- Advisory Board Member of the Klára Kokas Foundation.
- Member of the International Musicological Society
- Member of the Hungarian Musicological Society.
Selected publications and conference lectures
Editor in Chief of the Mathias Corvinus Collegium Yearbook 2004/2005.
Editor (with Bálint Molnár) of the volume Media Violence: Facts, Myths, Debates. Századvég Publishing House, Budapest, ISBN: 978 963 7340 78 9, 366 pages, 2009.
Selected scholarly publications
László Stachó (2000): Dysfunctioning memory modules in human sentence processing. LélekJelenLét [Hungarian Quarterly for Psychology, Sociology and Psychology of the University of Kolozsvár/Cluj, Romania, and the College for Social Sciences of the University of Szeged, Hungary], 1 (1), 1–16 (in Hungarian, with English abstract).
László Stachó, Dezső Németh (2001): The role of short-term memory in music skill acquisition. In: Proceedings of the VII International Symposium on Systematic and Comparative Musicology and the III International Conference on Cognitive Musicology. Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä, 171–175 (in English).
László Stachó (2001): Levels of musical psychosemantics: Innate, psychodynamic, and cognitive cues in musical meaning assignment. Magyar Pszichológiai Szemle [Hungarian Review of Psychology], 56 (3), 465–477 (in Hungarian, with English abstract).
Róbert Dudás, László Stachó, Gabriella Kothencz, Zoltán Janka (2002): Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination: Testing the Hungarian version of a new cognitive test developed in Cambridge for the differential diagnosis of dementias. Clinical Neuroscience, 55 (Supplement), 17 (in English).
László Stachó (2002): Musicology and psychology: A mutual regard. Magyar Zene [Hungarian Music Quarterly], 40 (3), 339–354 (in Hungarian, with English abstract).
László Stachó (2002): Adrian Pilkington, Poetic Effects. A Relevance Theory Perspective (book review). Magyar Nyelv [Hungarian Linguistics Quarterly], 98 (1), 88–91 (in Hungarian).
László Stachó, Róbert Dudás, Rozália Ivády, Gabriella Kothencz, Zoltán Janka (2003): Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination: Developing the Hungarian version. Psychiatria Hungarica, 18 (4), 226–240 (in Hungarian, with English abstract).
László Stachó, Bálint Molnár (2003): Media violence: Facts and myths. Médiakutató [Hungarian Media Research], 3 (4), 23–52 (in Hungarian).
László Stachó (2004): Psychology in Central Europe: A normative program. In: József Jankovics, Judit Nyerges (Eds.): Power and culture, Vol. 2 [Hatalom és kultúra II. ]. Budapest: International Association of Hungarian Studies, 565–582 (in Hungarian).
László Stachó (2004): The Structural and Dramaturgical Role of the Folksong-like Bartók Themes. MSc Thesis in Musicology. Budapest: Academy of Music Franz Liszt (in Hungarian).
László Stachó (2005): The discursive battlefield. In: Judit Gervain, Kristóf Kovács, Ágnes Lukács, Mihály Racsmány (Eds.): The Thousand-Faceted Mind: A Festschrift for the 60th Birthday of Csaba Pléh [Az ezerarcú elme. Tanulmányok Pléh Csaba 60. születésnapjára ]. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 517–530 (in Hungarian).
László Stachó (2006): After the generation of Bartók: A paradigm shift in Hungarian folk music research? Szeged [– The Cultural Review of the City], 18 (3), 32–37 (in Hungarian).
László Stachó (2006): You are so beautiful, so splendid… my Hungary? – Bartók's curious longing for the fatherland. Muzsika, 49 (5), 36–40 (in Hungarian). Extended version in: Lajos Tandi (Ed.): The commitment to the Fatherland: Béla Bartók and Szeged [A szülőföld kötelez. Bartók Béla és Szeged]. Szeged: Bába Kiadó, 113–122 (in Hungarian).
László Stachó (2006): Interpretation of the Emotional Content of Musical Performances at Kindergarten Age. MSc Thesis in Psychology. Budapest: Institute of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (in Hungarian).
László Stachó (2006): Interpretation of the emotional content of musical performance by 3- to 6-year-old children. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. Bologna: Bononia University Press, 504–511 (in English).
László Stachó (2007): Sentence Processing in Aphasia: The Impact of Deficits in Lexcial Semantic Representation. MSc Thesis in Theoretical Linguistics. Szeged: Department of Theoretical Linguistics, University of Szeged (in Hungarian).
László Stachó (2008): Value, pleasure, and utility in Kodály's pedagogy. Parlando, 50 (2), 21–28 (in Hungarian).
László Stachó (2010): Loosing the ground (In memory of Gábor Komáromy). In: Erika Gabos (Ed.): The Effects of the Media on Children and Young People, Vol. 5. Budapest: International Children's Safety Service, 230–238 (in Hungarian).
László Stachó (2012): How to teach music of highest value to children through media? In: Erika Gabos (Ed.): The Effects of the Media on Children and Young People, Vol. 6. Budapest: International Children's Safety Service, 280–287 (in Hungarian).
László Stachó (2012, in press): Signification musicale et expressivité temporelle dans l'interprétation musicale : une vision basée sur la théorie de la pertinence. In: Márta Grabócz (Ed.): Narrativité et signification en musique : vers une approche transdiciplinaire. Paris: L'Harmattan (in French).
László Stachó, Suvi Saarikallio, Minna Huotilainen, Petri Toiviainen (2012, in preparation): Perception of the emotional content of musical performances by 3- to 7-year-old children (in English).
Mozart's Piano Works for Four Hands (concert film). With László Stachó and Maxim Emelyanychev (piano), directed by Zsolt Szél. pART TV (Hungary), 2008.
Are You Free to a Minuet? [Szabad egy menüettre?] – Haydn: Il maestro e lo scolare, Parts I–II. With László Stachó and Ferenc János Szabó (piano), directed by Zsolt Balogh. Hungarian Television, 2009.
University of Omniscience lectures (in Hungarian)
László Stachó: Meanings Embedded in Music: An Introduction to the Psychology of Music. Educational lecture at the University of Szeged in the series ‘University of Omniscience', 24.10.2007.
László Stachó: The Personality Embedded in Music: An Introduction to the Psychology of Musical Performance. Educational lecture at the University of Szeged in the series ‘Free University – Szeged', 30.3.2011.
László Stachó: Classical Music as a Trigger of Altered States of Mind. Educational lecture at the University of Szeged in the series ‘Junior Free University – Szeged', 22.3.2012.
Selected conference lectures (in English unless otherwise specified)
László Stachó: The Role of Short-Term Memory in Music Skill Acquisition. 5th Joint International Conference on Cognitive and Systematic Musicology held at the Department of Musicology, University of Jyväskylä (Finland), 9.8.2001.
László Stachó: Psychology in Central Europe: A Normative Program (in Hungarian). The 5th International Congress of Hungarian Studies held at the University of Jyväskylä, 9.8.2001.
Róbert Dudás, László Stachó, Gabriella Kothencz, Zoltán Janka: Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination: Testing the Hungarian Version of a New Cognitive Test Developed in Cambridge for the Differential Diagnosis of Dementias. 6th Hungarian Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, Győr (Hungary), 17.10.2002.
László Stachó: The Cognitive Paradigm in Hungarian Folk Music Research (in Hungarian). 15th Biennial Congress of the Hungarian Psychological Association, Szeged, 30.5.2002.
László Stachó: Media Violence as a Problem of Theory of Science (in Hungarian). Media Violence Conference at the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 13.5.2005. (I was the main organizer of the conference.)
László Stachó: You are so beautiful, so splendid… my Hungary? – Bartók's Curious Longing for the Fatherland. Bartók's Orbit: The Context and Sphere of Influence of His Work – An International Conference, Bartók Archives, Institute for Musicology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, 23.3.2006.
László Stachó: You are so beautiful, so splendid… my Hungary? – Bartók's Curious Longing for the Fatherland (in Hungarian, interpreted into Romanian). Symposium for the 125th Anniversary of Béla Bartók's Birth, Nagyszentmiklós (Sânnicolau Mare, Romania), March 25.3.2006. (I was the main organizer of the symposium.)
László Stachó: Interpretation of the Emotional Content of Musical Performances by 3- to 6-Year-Old Children. 9th International Conference on Music Perception & Cognition (ICMPC9), University of Bologna, Bologna (Italy), 22.8.2006.
László Stachó: Creativity in Folk Music Variations: A Cognitive View [Luovuuden ilmeneminen kansanmusiikin variaatioissa: kognitiivinen näkökulma (in Finnish). The 11th National Symposium on Music Research. University of Oulu, Oulu (Finland), 30.3.2007.
László Stachó: Exploring Expressive Timing in Musical Performance: Narrative Perspectives. 18
th Congress of the International Musicological Society, Symposium 'Narrativity and Signification in Music: Tools for a Transdisciplinary Approach', University of Zürich, Zürich (Switzerland), 12.7.2007.
László Stachó: Cognitive Predictability and Relative Importance as Determinants of Subtle Tempo Changes in Nineteenth-Century Piano Performing Tradition: An Empirical Approach. CHARM/RMA Annual Conference on 'Musicology and recordings', Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham (United Kingdom), 13.9.2007.
László Stachó: Relevance and Musical Performance (in Hungarian). Annual Conference in Linguistics and Philosophy of the Erasmus College Budapest. Institute of Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, 29.4.2008.
László Stachó: The Impact of Musical Meaning on Rubato Playing in Historical Recordings. 10th International Congress on Musical Signification, Vilnius (Lithuania), 23.10.2008.
László Stachó: Bartók's Fatherland Melody: A Reexamination. Joint international conference of the International Musicological Society and the Serbian Musicological Society "Musical Folklore as a Vehicle?", Belgrade (Serbia), 21.11.2008.
László Stachó: Towards a New System of Music Pedagogy and Music Psychology at the Liszt Academy (in Hungarian). Invited talk at the Conference to Commemorate the 80th Birthday of Klára Kokas. The Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, 18.04.2009.
László Stachó: New Dimensions of Emotion and Knowledge Management: A Determinative Mediating Turn? (in Hungarian). Invited talk at the 5th International Media Conference of the International Children's Safety Service, Balatonalmádi (Hungary), 30.09.2009.
László Stachó: The Ugly in Music. Invited plenary lecture at the International Summer School in Systematic Musicology (ISSSM2010), University of Jyväskylä, 15.9.2010.
László Stachó: Structural Communication and Predictability in Bartók's Performance Style. International Musicological Colloquium to celebrate to 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Budapest Bartók Archives (‘Scholarly Research and Performance Practice in Bartók Studies: The Importance of the Dialogue'), Szombathely (Hungary), 16.7.2011.
László Stachó: How to Teach Music of Highest Value to Children Through Media? (in Hungarian). Invited talk at the 6th International Media Conference of the International Children's Safety Service, Balatonalmádi, 27.09.2011.
László Stachó: La réception de la musique de Bartók (in French). Invited talk at the "Bartókiades" organised by the Dijon Opera (France), 14.1.2012.