Keynote speakers




Justin London is Professor of Music at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where he teaches courses in Music Theory, Music Psychology, Cognitive Science, and American Popular Music. He received his B.M. degree in Classical Guitar and his M.M. degree in Music Theory from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and he holds a Ph.D. in Music History and Theory from the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked with Leonard Meyer. He has published widely in music theory, music perception and cognition, and musical aesthetics. His current research is on micro-timing in the complex rhythms found in Malian drumming (with Rainer Polak of the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, and Nori Jacoby of MIT) and on the cross-modal perception of musical tempo (with Petri Toiviainen of the University of Jyväskylä). Professor London was co-director of the 2005 Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory on Rhythm and Temporality and in 2012 he served as co-chair of the Interdisciplinary College (IK) for cognitive science in Günne, Germany. He has held two Fulbright Fellowships, in 2005-2006 at University of Cambridge in 2014 at the University of Jyväskylä. He served President of the Society for Music Theory in 2007-2009, and is President-elect of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.  



Prof. Mari Tervaniemi is a well-known expert in neurosciences of music. She obtained her PhD in psychology in 1997 (University of Helsinki). In addition to University of Helsinki, she has worked at the University of Jyväskylä as a professor and in Leipzig as a visiting Marie Curie fellow at the University of Leipzig in close collaboration with the researchers at the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Currently she is the co-head of Cognitive Brain Research Unit, the head of Brain and Music team, and research director in the Cicero Learning network.

Prof. Tervaniemi has published about 150 empirical papers and reviews in peer-reviewed international journals and several invited book chapters. Her research topics cover auditory neurocognition as well as the brain basis of musical expertise and music emotions. Of particular interest to her is to apply knowledge acquired within the framework of basic science into rehabilitation, education, and special education. For further information, see