Talking of Singing - Johan Sundberg - 27th September 50 years in voice research; why, how and what next?


Johan Sundberg is one of the most well-known and influential voice researchers in the world. His publications are not only numerous, but also wide-ranging in their subject area.

He is not only one of the greatest minds in voice science, he is also a kind and generous teacher. He has taught generations of voice scientists and singing teachers, with the ability to explain complex subjects in an easily understandable format.

This event is one not to be missed.

Johan Sundberg (born in 1936, Ph.D. in musicology Uppsala University 1966, doctor honoris causae 1996 University of York, UK) has a personal Chair (Emeritus) in Music Acoustics at the department of Speech Music and Hearing (KTH), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He early became interested in the acoustical aspects of music, starting with a doctoral dissertation work on organ pipes. After the dissertation, singing voice and music performance have been his main research topics. He led the music acoustics research group from 1970 to 2004. In Musikens Ljudlära (The science of Musical Sounds) Sundberg presents music acoustics in popularized form to the interested layman. In Röstlära (The Science of the Singing Voice) Sundberg explains functional anatomy as well as vocal acoustics. Both texts have been seminal works in the field of voice science.

As the President of the Music Acoustics Committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Sundberg has been the editor of eight volumes in a series of proceedings of public seminars on music acoustic themes arranged in Stockholm since 1975. Sundberg has also had extensive experience of performing music. For 24 years he was a member of the Stockholm Bach Choir, 9 years as its president. He has studied singing for Dagmar Gustafson and made his public debute with a Lieder recital on his 50th birthday. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, of the Swedish Acoustical Society (President 1976-81) and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.

Course fee:

£20 for each conversation booked individually;
10% discount for two, 15% discount for four and 20% discount for six in one basket