Amanda Bayley is Professor of Music at Bath Spa University. Following on from her PhD at the University of Reading on Bartók Performance Studies, her research interests lie in the areas of performance and analysis; processes of composition, rehearsal and performance in contemporary music; string quartets; and ethnomusicology. Playing viola she is a regular member of the Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra, Taunton Sinfonietta and various chamber groups.
Amanda is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Bartók (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and Recorded Music: Performance, Culture, and Technology (Cambridge University Press, 2010) for which she received the Ruth A. Solie Award from the American Musicological Society in 2011. She was President of the Society for Music Analysis from 2004 to 2008. From 2007 to 2009 she led a collaborative research project with the Kreutzer Quartet and Michael Finnissy entitled: From Composition to Performance: Innovations and Interactions in Contemporary String Quartets funded by a British Academy Larger Research Grant. One of the significant outputs of this research is the software DVD, Evolution and Collaboration: the composition, rehearsal and performance of Finnissy’s Second String Quartet, produced with Michael Clarke (University of Huddersfield) in 2011, an overview of which may be seen here:
Additional outputs relating to this collaborative research include the Kreutzer Quartet’s DVD Quartet Choreography and their recording of Finnissy’s Second and Third String Quartets. The Third Quartet (2009), dedicated to Amanda, is the subject of her interdisciplinary research (also funded by the British Academy) with social anthropologist Beth Elverdam, analysing compositional sources and audio-visual resources from rehearsals and performances.