Special Events at the Beethoven Center

Guadalupe López Iñiguez, cello
Gwendolyn Mok, fortepiano

"Beethoven's Trip to Berlin in 1796: First Fortepiano and Cello Works"

April 18, 2018
6:00-6:30 p.m. Pre-concert lecture
7:00-8:30: concert
Schiro Program Room, King Library 550

Join us at the Beethoven Center at San Jose State for a FREE concert and lecture by visiting artist Guadalupe López Iniguez from Finland. She will present a pre-concert lecture at 6:00 p.m., then be joined by pianist Gwendolyn Mok for a performance of Beethoven's early works for cello and piano. You won't want to miss this delightful program! Dr. Mok will be playing the Center's 1823 Broadwood fortepiano.

No reservations required, but seating is limited.


About  Guadalupe López Iñiguez

Guadalupe López-Íñiguez is a Spanish cellist and interdisciplinary researcher based in Finland. She holds a PhD in Psychology (distinctions Cum Laude and International Mention) from the Autonomous University of Madrid, and a Master’s Degree in Classical Music Performance from the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, among other postgraduate diplomas. Guadalupe is currently an adjunct professor at the Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA) of the University of the Arts Helsinki, Postdoctoral Researcher and teacher at the Sibelius Academy, and member of the board of directors of the Spanish Association for Psychology of Music and Musical Performance. She is specialized in the educational psychology of music, historically informed performance, artistic research, and research methodology.

Guadalupe has been mentored by prestigious modern, nineteenth-century, and baroque cello masters, and is especially grateful for the encouragement received from mentors Rafael Ramos and Markku Luolajan-Mikkola. She has appeared as a soloist at the Fabulous Fringe concert series of the Utrecht Early Music Festival (NL), the Bergheim Cello Solo Festival (DE), the BRQ Vantaa Festival (FI), the Soiva Akatemia Festival (FI), the Aino Ackté Festival (FI), and Sibafest (FI). Upcoming engagements include classical-romantic music for cello and fortepiano at key venues in Europe, Russia, and the US. Guadalupe is an artist for Mediaset TV International and Iberia with the program ‘Musical Cities,’ and recently released her debut album with the complete cello works by Gabrielli and Scarlatti for Alba Records, which has already been critically acclaimed. She is currently preparing the recording of the complete cello works by Mendelssohn with pianist Olga Andryushchenko. Guadalupe also plays at times with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and various professional early-music ensembles.

In the field of research, she presents her work regularly at international congresses and has been published in books and different impact journals indexed in the ISI Web of Knowledge (JCR-SSCI and A&HCI). She also serves as an expert for various journals, conferences, and institutions, and has received numerous scholarships and awards. She is currently conducting her own artistic research project, funded by the Kone Foundation (2016–2018), studying the works of fortepiano and cello by Beethoven and Mendelssohn by combining multidisciplinary perspectives. In addition, Guadalupe has worked since 2010 as a researcher in various well-funded collaborative research projects in Europe (e.g. I+D+i, Finnish Academy) related to the psychology of learning and arts education. She is also the first editor of the Ibero-American Handbook of Educational Psychology of Music (in progress). Her PhD, which was awarded in 2014 and carried out under the supervision of Prof. Juan Ignacio Pozo, focused on the analysis of the psychological processes in the acquisition of musical knowledge in instrument players, teachers, and students of string instruments, particularly from constructivist perspectives.


About Gwendolyn Mok

Mok is currently professor and coordinator of keyboard studies in the College of Humanities and the Arts, School of Music and Dance—and a leading expert in the music of French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). However, she did return to Juilliard as a youth and studied there on Saturdays for 12 years before going to Yale University and graduate school at SUNY Stony Brook, where she first discovered Ravel’s music. In 1993, Mok received a grant from the French Ministry to study in Paris with Vlado Perlemuter, one of Ravel’s former students.

She returned this fall fresh from a sabbatical that took her to back to Paris—and to Amsterdam, Vienna and London, where she visited historic keyboard collections and performed concerts. She also visited Taiwan, where she taught students from middle school to graduate school.

The director of the music department’s Historic Keyboard Collection, Mok’s latest CD, “LEGACY: The Spirit of Beethoven” was recorded on two historic keyboards from the School of Music and Dance and one from SJSU’s Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies. The CD was produced with support from SJSU and the Stuart Hughes Fund for a series called “The Composer’s Pianos.”

Mok has appeared with the London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Symphony Silicon Valley, and among many others in many prestigious venues. Here at San Jose State, she says people are driven by their work. “We are all passionate about what we do and that’s what really keeps me going.”

Surrounding herself with inspiration also helps keep her going. On a trip to Amsterdam, Mok happened across a historic piano, an Erard, from the time period of Ravel and was able to play a piece on it. It brought out nuances in the music she had been unable to create on a modern piano. The Erard now resides in a special room next to her office.