Cristine MacKie is a musicologist and pianist and has given recitals in the UK, broadcast on both radio and television, and given concerts and master classes throughout the West Indies sponsored by the British Council.
A college research scholarship at the University of London enabled her to develop her interest in a hitherto little-explored area of piano performance which reflects some of the most important trends in the study of musical performance. These include the relationship between performance and analysis on the one hand, and the human movement sciences on the other. Her forthcoming book to is the result of this research and will be published by Kindle Amazon. It is entitled Rethinking Piano Performance: A mind body approach. The magazine the Music Teacher, published this April 2014, acknowledges Cristine MacKie as one of the foremost leading advocates in the UK of the mind/body approach to piano performance. She has given illustrated lectures on this subject at the Royal College of Music and at the ‘Year of the Piano’ lecture series hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London in association with Steinway & Sons UK Ltd.
In 2009, with an award from Music & Letters & Staff Development at RHUL Cristine travelled to New Zealand where she presented a paper on her subject at the International Symposium on Performance Science. In August 2011 she presented a further two papers at the Toronto symposium, and in August this year (2013) she is presenting Mirror Neurons: Imitation and emulation in piano performance at the ISPS in Vienna.
In 2015, the London International Piano Symposium is producing New Thoughts on Piano Performance, ed by Cristine MacKie in 2015. It is a collection of essays by distinguished researchers and performers. which aims to expand the frontiers of knowledge in the field of piano performance by exploring the interface between skilled artistry and scientific research.
Cristine is the director also of the newly-established London International Piano Symposium hosted at the Royal College of Music, London in association with Steinway Hall, and founder and president of the Association L’Art du Piano in South West France.