Music Remembers Me: Connection and Wellbeing in Dementia
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Dr Kirsty Beilharz is Director of Music Engagement at HammondCare and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh UK, applying music research in the context of aged, restorative and palliative care, with a focus on music in dementia research.She is former Professor of Music, Sound and Interaction Design at the University of Technology, Sydney Australia. Previously, she was Digital Media Program Director at the University of Sydney Design Lab from 2001-2008. Kirsty is an internationally recognised composer and interactive media artist.Her ensemble, orchestral and electronic compositions have been performed around the world (by the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian and Western Australian Symphony Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Recherche Freiburg, and Nouvel Ensemble Moderne Montréal, at Bondi Sculpture by the Sea, Gaudeamus Music Festival, Hannover Biennale, and Paris Rostrum).She has won numerous prizes and awards and was a Young Australian of the Year finalist. Based in Sydney, Kirsty has also worked and studied in the UK, France and Japan. She plays violin, viola, shakuhachi, Baroque recorder, and studies therapeutic harp.