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Hara Trouli , MD was born in Athens, Greece, where she spent her school and university years. She graduated from the American College and went on to study Medicine at the Athens University Medical School. During those years she also studied Piano and Music Theory graduating from the National Conservatory in Athens with a Piano Teaching and Performance Diploma with Honours. Hara’s medical training started in the Accidents and Trauma Hospital in Athens and continued in London with training in Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, the Chase Farm Hospital and the Mount Vernon Hospital. She has worked for many years as a surgical assistant in orthopaedics. In 2012 she graduated from University College London with the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine. She works in this field ever since and she also holds the chair of the International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance.


The distinguished pianist and pedagogue Alberto Portugheis was born in La Plata, Argentina, to parents of Russian and Rumanian descent. After winning first prize at the Geneva Concours de Virtuosite, Portugheis embarked upon an international career, visiting almost 50 countries. He performs in recitals, chamber-music concerts and as soloist with many major orchestras, including: Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Paris and Israel Sinfoniettas, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina, Filarmonica of Buenos Aires. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television and gives regular Masterclasses. Alberto's Blog

Steve Steve Rodman (B. Mus, PGCE, DipABRSM) is a classroom music specialist who has spent the last 20 years in the secondary school environment, mostly as Head of Music, but presently in the capacity as instrumental teacher. His early musical education was on oboe in Canada where he studied with Richard Dorsey recently retired Principle Oboe of the Toronto Symphony and in London with Celia Nicklin Principle Oboe of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. After leaving college he pursued a career in music education spending many years studying piano under Carola Grindea where he developed an interest in piano pedagogy and more specifically best practice in problems of posture and tension in all instrumental fields. He is currently researching body image/body schema and its ramifications in relation to students' early interaction with musical instruments with a view to positive intervention - Best Practice for the Best Start. He is also ISSTIP's , first stop for enquiries about our webpage.

"Nancy Lee Harper is an extraordinarily multi-talented American musician and scholar who works and lives in Portugal." (Music & Vision) A performing and recording pianist who has concertized on four continents, she dedicates much of her time to teaching at the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and overseeing research, some of which is pioneering work. A prolific author, she completed the first ISSTIP Music Medicine certificate course "With Distinction" with her dissertation on Peak Experience (2003-2004). Subsequently, she has written several articles for ISSTIP, such as "Music within our Grasp: Mirror Neurons in Music Instrumental Acquisition with Special Emphasis on Piano Performance"; "Bosoms Up!", a summary of founder Carola Grindea's ISSTIP activities; "Preparing for Performance without Inderal", amongst others. Nancy and her post-doctoral research fellow, Dr. Filipa Lã (U. Sheffield), are currently developing Masters and PhD programs in Music-Medicine that will open in September 2009 at the University of Aveiro, in normal and distance-learning formats. She is honoured to be ISSTIP's worldwide coordinator and to work with the ISSTIP team, welcoming any inquiries and offering any assistance ( For more information, please see


Andy Evans (BA Oxon, Graduate Psychologist BPS, MA Performance and Media Health UWL, CTI trained Coach, Performers Cert. RAM.) Andy trained at the Royal Academy of Music and worked as a freelance musician until his thirties, when he graduated in psychology and founded Arts Psychology Consultants in order to see performing and creative artists in private practice. Over the last 20 years he has specialised in performance and stage fright, published four books on his subject and appeared numerous times on TV and radio talking about performance and media issues. He created the MA course in Performance Health and Personal Development at the University of West London in 2006, and is an active lecturer and trainer in performance psychology.