injury prevention/rehabilitation



heather o'donnell                                                      c.v.




SRH Fernhochschule, Riedlungen (MSc Health and Prevention Psychology, ant. 2020) Freie Universität, Berlin (2015, Bachelor of Science, Psychology)
Mannes College of Music, New York City (1999, Master of Music)
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, (1995, Bachelor of Music, Highest Distinction
       in Performance)
Manhattan School of Music, Preparatory Division (1986-1991)

Conferences / Festivals / Continuing Education

Performing Arts Medical Association Symposium: Lecturer: Lost in the (neuronal)
        Stars: The artistic, social, and psychological consequences of non playing-related
        neurological dysfunction on performing musicians
       Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY, 2016
World Piano Conference, Guest Lecturer: Marsyas bound: Neurological dysfunction and its
        impact on pianists, from a pedagogical perspective. Rehabilitative work at the
       instrument with affected pianists.
Novi Sad, Serbia, 2015
Kurt Singer Institute for Musician's Health, Certificate Course, Universität der Künste,
       Hochschule für Musik Hanns-Eisler
       Music-physiology in the everyday life of a musician, Berlin, 2014
Medical Neuroscience, Duke University (Coursera): Certificate Course, 2014
Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development: Conference Participant,
       Learning_Emotions_Music, 2013
Languages of Emotion, Internship with Stefan Koelsch's research group in bio-psychology
        and music-psychology, Freie Universität Berlin, 2014-15
Internship with psychotherapist Ron Coon, Berlin 2013-14
New School University, Columbia University New York, 1999-2002
       Continuing Education: Courses in Philosophy, Literature
Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, 2002, 2004
       Summer Courses, awarded Interpretations-Prize
Centre Acanthes, Avignon, Masterclass with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, 2001
Tanglewood Music Center, Massachussets, Masterclasses with Emanuel Ax, Peter Serkin,
       Joel Smirnoff, 1998
Taos Festival, New Mexico, Masterclasses with Takács String Quartet, American String
       Quartet, 1996
Seminar with Alfred Brendel on Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, Carnegie Hall, NYC, 1992

Teaching / Jury Activities

Studio for private instruction, New York, Paris, Berlin, Rochster, 1995-2018
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, Lecturer, Humanities Department, 2017-2018 iartschool, Faculty, Hangzhou, China, 2016-2017
Hickok Center for Brain Injury, Rochester NY, 2016
Concours international de piano d’Orléans, Jury, Orléans, France, 2012
Jugend Komponiert Berlin/Brandenburg, Rheinsberger Musiktage, Faculty, 2008
Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, New England Conservatory,
       Boston; Faculty 2007

Masterclasses / Lectures:

• Performing Arts Medical Association, New York 2016
• World Piano Conference, Novi Sad 2015
• Columbia University, New York 2008
• Hochschule für Musik Mannheim 2005
• Ostrava Days, Ostrava 2005
• Cornell University, New York 2005
• Manhattan School of Music, New York 2005
• Rhodes University, Grahamstown, Südafrika 2004

Adjunct Piano Faculty, New Jersey City University, 1996-97
Piano Faculty, New School of Music, Cambridge, 1995-96

Performances (Selection)

Solo Concerts — 1995-2013

Berlin (Konzerthaus, Staatsoper Unter den Linden), New York (Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall), Paris (IRCAM), Beijing (Central Conservatory of Music), Moscow (Dom Theater), St. Petersburg (Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace), Amman (Al-Hussein Concert Hall), Rome (Villa Massimo), Copenhagen (Borups Højskole), Crakow (Krakow Philharmonic Hall), Boston (Jordan Hall), Banff (Banff Centre), Budapest (Trafo), Abu Dhabi (Germany Embassy)

Festival Performances — 2002-2012

MaerzMusik (Berlin), Festival Agora (Paris), Peterhof Festival (St. Petersburg), Indaba Festival (South Africa), World New Music Days (Stuttgart), Tanglewood Festival (Lenox), Sziget Festival (Budapest), Beijing Modern Music Festival (Beijing), Klangwerktage (Hamburg), Wittener Tage (Witten), Eclat Festival (Stuttgart), Ostrava Days (Ostrava)

Concerto Appearances — 2000-2013

Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig, Ensemble United, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Symphony, Ploiesti Romanian State Philharmonic, Harvard Orchestra

Curatorial Projects - 2004-2010

Responses to Ives (new works for piano written in honor of Charles Ives’s 50th death year)
Piano Optophonique (new works for piano and video projection)
Instinct (Dance production with Helmut Oehring and Compagnie Pal Frenák)


Responses to Ives – Mode Records/Deutschlandfunk, mode 211
Oliver Schneller - Wergo/Deutsche Musikrat, WER 65792
Ursula Mamlock, volume 3 - Bridge Records 9360
Young China - hr/, hrmn 040-09
Touch! Don’t Touch! – Wergo, WER 66792


Peter Serkin, 1997-99; Lillian Kallir, 1996-97, Patricia Zander, 1995-96; Stephen Drury, 1991-95; Solomon Mikowsky, 1986-91; Charles Milgrim, 1979-86


Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, 2004; Helmut Lachenmann, 2003; Jonathan Harvey, 2002; Tristan Murail, 2002; Claude Helffer, 2001; Pierre-Laurent Aimard, 2001; Emanuel Ax, 1998; Joel Smirnoff, 1998; Felix Galimir, 1998; Luciano Berio, 1994, György Ligeti. 1993


English: native speaker
German: TestDaF certified level C1: advanced


European Piano Teachers Association - Sektion Deutschland
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin e.V.
Performing Arts Medicine Association


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