Kristen Strandberg

Kristen Strandberg is Assistant Professor of Music History at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, United States. Her research focuses on the reception of violin virtuosity in mid-nineteenth-century Paris, examining concert reviews in the press to explore how and why critics and listeners perceived artistic genius—or a lack thereof—in performers. Her recent publications include articles in the Journal of Musicological Research and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, as well as two essays in publications of the National Chopin Institute in Poland. She has presented at conferences throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Francophone Music Criticism conference and the North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, and she recently appeared as an invited speaker at the annual conference of the National Chopin Institute in Poland. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Musicology from Indiana University.


2018 “The ‘Singing’ Violinist as Artistic Genius in Nineteenth-Century France,” in The Lyric and the Vocal Element in Instrumental Music of the Nineteenth Century (Warsaw: Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina, 2018), 83-95.

2017 “Music History Beyond the Classroom: Active Learning through Local History,” Journal of Music History Pedagogy vol. 7, no. 2 (Spring 2017): 32-43.

2016  “Napoleonic Narrative and Visual Media in Paganini’s Spectacle for Paris,” Journal of Musicological Research vol. 35, no. 4 (November, 2016): 324-49.

2012 “’Une véritable consécration’: Revisiting the Question of Chopin’s Influence on Gottschalk,” in After Chopin: The Influence of Chopin’s Music on European Composers Up to the First World War, ed. Artur Szklener (Warsaw: Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina, 2012), 337-52.

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University of Evansville


JMC Volume 3 (2019)