My research focuses on investigating synaesthesia, absolute pitch, and multisensory processing, and exploring their impact on musical development. (Music psychology and performance science.)
I am a Lecturer in Music Psychology and Performance Science at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. I began my tertiary education by studying violin performance and musicology at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where I published my Honours thesis under the title 'Music, the Brain, and Amusia'. In 2004 I was accepted into the musicology program of the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne (France), where I successfully completed a Licence and Masters in Musicology, publishing my Masters mémoire under the title 'La synesthésie équivoque d’Olivier Messiaen' (“The Ambiguous Synaesthesia of Olivier Messiaen”). I went on to complete a one-year Diploma of Orchestral Conducting at the Municipal Conservatorium of Paris XIX, under the baton of Emanuel Jaeger. After spending over a decade in Paris, I moved to Melbourne to undertake my doctoral studies at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Gary McPherson. I completed my PhD in 2018 and was awarded the 'MCM Director’s Writing-Up Award Scholarship for Exceptional Doctoral Research' for my dissertation, entitled 'The Impact of Synaesthesia and Absolute Pitch on Musical Development'.
My research interests widely fall under two key areas: music psychology and music performance science. My current research focuses on investigating synaesthesia, absolute pitch, and multisensory perception and processing more broadly, and exploring their impact on musical development, expertise, and exceptional abilities.