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Gianmario Borio

Università di Pavia
Compagnia di San Paolo / Italian Academy Distinguished Visiting Professor

Avant-garde music in Italy: 1950-2000 (Seminar in the Department of Music)


Gianmario Borio the second annual Compagnia di San Paolo / Italian Academy Distinguished Visiting Professor, graduated in Philosophy at the Università di Torino and gained his PhD in Musicology at the Technische Universität Berlin (under Carl Dahlhaus). He held research fellowships from the DAAD, the Paul Sacher Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 1993-1999 he was Associate Professor of Musicology at the Università di Pavia, since 2000 he has been a Full Professor at the same university. He has been a visiting professor at various institutions in Europe, Canada and the USA (he has taught or lectured at Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Tufts, Yale, UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC Davis). In 1999 he was awarded the Dent Medal by the Royal Musical Association. In 2012 he was nominated Director of the Institute of Music of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini (Venice).
He has been a member of the editorial board of the journals "Il Saggiatore Musicale" (1994-2010) and "Acta Musicologica" (2000-2010); since 2005 he is a member of the editorial board of "Filigrane" and since 2008 of the "Swiss Yearbook for Musicology." He is a member of the advisory boards of "Journal of the Royal Musical Association," "Music Analysis," "Twentieth Century Music" and "Il Saggiatore Musicale." From 1994 to 2010 he was a member of the scientific board of Archivio Luigi Nono (Venice) and since 2010 of the Centro Studi Luciano Berio (Florence). Since 2006 he has been a member of the artistic committee of the Milano Musica festival, and since 2009 of the editorial board of Pavia University Press.
In 2002-2003 and 2005-2006 he was scientific director of a project on the History of Musical Concepts (supported by the Italian Foundation for Research and University). From 2006 to 2010 he directed, together with Hermann Danuser and John Rink, the European Network for Musicological Research. He is co-director of a research group on the interpretation of audiovisual works (
His publications deal with several aspects of composition in the 20th Century, music theory and aesthetics. He is currently working on a book project on German theory of musical form in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.