John Rink

John Rink is Professor of Musical Performance Studies at the University of Cambridge, Fellow and Director of Studies in Music at St John’s College, and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Musical Performance Studies. He specialises in Chopin studies, performance studies, music analysis, and digital musicology. His books include The Practice of Performance (1995), Chopin: The Piano Concertos (1997), Musical Performance (2002) and Annotated Catalogue of Chopin’s First Editions (with Christophe Grabowski; 2010); the last of these received the C. B. Oldman Prize in 2011 and the Vincent H. Duckles Award in 2012. John Rink is General Editor of a series of books on musical performance which Oxford University Press published in 2017–18. He is also Editor in Chief of The Complete Chopin – A New Critical Edition (Edition Peters), in addition to directing the Online Chopin Variorum Edition and Chopin’s First Editions Online ( He also directed the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP; from 2009 to 2015. He holds three visiting professorships and serves on numerous advisory boards. He performs regularly as a pianist and lecture-recitalist, with a specialist interest in Pleyel pianos. He served on the jury of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, and will again be on the jury for the 18th Chopin Competition in 2021.