Born in Cosenza (Italy) and living in Brussels, Giusy Caruso is a professional concert pianist and artist researcher graduated cum laude in Piano and in Philosophy. Her multiple interests concerning Musicology, Theatre, Dance, Improvisation, Yoga and Eastern cultures make her a polyvalent figure. Stimulated by a wide horizon of these experiences, her performance projects based on a repertory ranging from classical to contemporary style often present interactions with visual arts, theatre and dance to catch and increase the interest of a larger audience as reported in the reviews made by distinguished worldwide music critics. Rewarded by important institutions, Giusy Caruso carries on her concert activity throughout Europe, Asia and America though working as researcher at IPEM - Department of Musicology, Art, Music Performance and Theatre Studies at the University of Ghent in affiliation with the KASK - School of Arts of Ghent, Royal Conservatory.
Musical gestures as the interface of performers' intentionality: a case study on Western embodiment of Karnatic music
The artistic research project proposed by Giusy Caruso involves an investigation on her piano performance practice of the 72 Etudes Karnatiques pour piano by the French composer Jacques Charpentier (1933) while embracing the sphere of embodied music cognition, specifically the correlation between intentionality and musical gestures. The challenge is to examine how in musical interpretation the cultural background and the practical experiences lead the performer’s intentions, expressive sensitivities and gestures, assessed in this case study through the implementation of South Indian Music competences, i.e. Karnatic Music, as a complementary Western hermeneutical tool.
Giusy Caruso has been holding conference-concerts on her artistic research project for European Universities and Institutions on Artistic Research in Music: Liszt Symposium, Amsterdam 2011;European Platform for Artistic Research in Music, Accademia Santa Cecilia, Rome 2012; Institute of Musicology of Hamburg, 2012; London International Piano Symposium, Royal College of Music 2013; Orpheus Institute, International Research Centre in Music, Ghent 2013; Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Vigo, Spain 2013; University of Bangkok, Thailand 2014.
Research areas: Embodied Cognition and Musical Gestures, Piano Performance Practice, Musical Interpretation, Indian Music, Philosophy of Music