Contemporary western music (including Australian); sound art; popular music of the 1960s-80s; original composition; piano music (modernism and postmodernism; gender issues in music)
A/Prof Linda Kouvaras is a musicologist, composer and pianist. She holds a continuing position in Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the University of Melbourne, and publishes in contemporary music, both classical and popular, focusing especially on Australian music, postmodernism and gender issues in music. After several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s playing in rock & New Wave/Punk bands and for theatre productions, Linda resumed classical piano studies in the UK in 1984, returning to complete her studies under A/Profs Ronald Farren-Price and Max Cooke, culminating in a Masters Degree in Piano in 1991. Her research work was supervised by Dr Brenton Broadstock, Dr Naomi Cumming, and historian Dr David Goodman and led to her PhD in Musicology in 1996. She has taught in tertiary Music since 1989.
Linda Kouvaras's publications appear in all of Australia's musicological journals and in international forums. A substantial Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant (2005-08), where she was co-Chief Investigator, led to her monograph, https://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409441564 (Ashgate, 2013). This book was awarded the Rebecca Coyle Publication Prize in 2014 for the "best publication representing popular music in the Australia-New Zealand region in a given year" through the International Association for the Study of Popular Music – Australia / New Zealand. It has also garnered several reviews, all favourable, and has led to invitations for Linda to speak in public forums. She is co-editor (with Graham Hair & Ruth Lee Martin) of the journal (2007–) Current Issues in Music.
Recordings of her works and piano performances appear on Move Records, with the ABC and independent release; they receive frequent radio broadcasts. Her compositions are played at recitals and festivals nationally and internationally. She has full composer representation with APRA-AMCOS and also publishes with Reed Music. Her solo