Conference Brain & Music - Idan Segev & Paul Coker

Conference Brain & Music - The brain of a musician: a brain researcher meets a pianist

Please find below the recording of the exceptional performance of Professor Idan Segev and pianist Paul Coker of February 20, 2017.

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Director of the Department of Neurobiology, Member of the Edmond and Lily Safra for Brain Science (ELSC) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Idan Segev a Professor in Computational Neuroscience and is the former Director and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation (ICNC) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he received his B.Sc. in Math (1973) and Ph.D. in Experimental and Theoretical Neurobiology (1982).
Prof. Segev’s research team utilizes a large range of computational tools including cable theory, compartmental modeling, statistical methods and information theory to study how neurons compute and dynamically adapt to our ever-changing environment. In recent years, his laboratory has worked jointly with several experimental groups worldwide in an endeavor to model in detail the cortical column with the goal of understanding how variations within the cortical network give rise to certain brain diseases or to healthy and “individual” brains.

International pianist. Partner of Yehudi Menuhin & Professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève

Paul Coker is an English pianist born in London in 1959. He studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal College of Music, and Alfred Brendel. His international career began in 1978. He played with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich, the Philharmonia Orchestra. Paul Coker played for the first time with Yehudi Menuhin when he was 20. This was the beginning of a long association
lasting ten years. Together they played all over the world. Paul Coker has collaborated also with musicians such as
Pierre Amoyal, Joshua Bell, Nigel Kennedy, Steven Isserlis, and Benny Goodman. Since 1995 he is teaching at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.