I am currently a PhD student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department of the University of Rochester. I graduated from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with Master of Music degrees in Musicology (focusing on music cognition) and Viola Performance. I also have a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, with a minor concentration in courses in neuroscience and cognition from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences of the Homewood campus. My research experience includes work on behavioral studies as a student research assistant in the Cognitive Neuroscience lab of Dr. Michael McCloskey and thesis work on computational modeling of object recognition, as well as research practicums in psychophysics and neuroimaging.
My extensive experience performing 21st century music has given me a unique perspective on how the brain perceives music. Experimental pieces such as “Labyrinth” by David Dzubay and “As a Spell Against Falling Objects (or how I Learned to Love Gravity)” by Jeremy Podgursky focus on exploring mental states of mind. These experiences reinforced my interest in music cognition and cognition in general.
Some of the orchestras I have played with are the Peabody Concert Orchestra, the Peabody Modern Orchestra, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Camerata, and the Occasional Symphony. The various orchestras I have played in over the years have afforded me the opportunity to perform in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Meyerhoff, Lisner Auditorium, and the Lyric Opera under conductors such as Marin Alsop, Leon Fleischer, and Martin West, among many others. I have also played in many chamber concerts, master classes, and summer festivals. The following images are from some of these events.
Joseph German (top left) at the Orchestra Institute at Napa Valley Summer 2013
The Napa Valley Orchestra
Working with Heidi Castleman in the Centre Street Performance Space on April 17, 2016
The Occasional Symphony Halloween Concerts
July 2014 Performance of the Brahms Piano Quartet in A Major at Thorpewood Farm
The Occasional Symphony 2013 Halloween concert - original composition by James Young is part of the accompaniment we played to the silent movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
As a capstone of my musical experiences, in October 2015, we worked with Maestro Marin Alsop, conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, to record a professional CD of Kevin Puts works for the Naxos label. This video clip is just one of the works we performed. You can buy the Kevin Puts CD at Amazon.