Professors

Among the faculty there are distinguished scholars who cover all fields of musicology and music theory. Their collective strengths and international reputation allow our students to thrive in an environment that fosters collaborative and interdisciplinary opportunities across all disciplines.

The teaching staff’s areas of specialisation range from historiography to music theory and philology, ethnomusicology and popular music studies, covering the entire chronological span from classical antiquity to the 21st century.


Gianmario Borio is professor of Musicology at the University of Pavia and director of the Institute of Music at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice. In 1999 he was awarded the Dent Medal by the Royal Musical Association. In 2013, he was Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America. His publications deal with several aspects of the music of the twentieth century (theory and aesthetics, political background, the audiovisual experience), with the history of musical concepts and the theory of musical form. He is fellow of the Academia Europaea.
Alessandro Bratus gained his Ph.D in Musicology in 2009 (Università di Pavia), where he is currently Research Fellow. His teaching and research experiences in Italy and abroad have focused on analytical approaches to musical and multimedia products in Anglo-American and Italian popular culture from the 1960s onwards. His publications include books and articles on topics related to composition and multimedia experimentation in popular music, structural relationship between form and meaning, and the trope of authenticity in contemporary media. He is currently serving as a member of the Scientific Committee for the Italian study group on music theory and analysis (GATM) and Editorial head of Analitica – Online journal of music studies.
Fulvia Caruso is associate professor in Ethnomusicology at Pavia University Department of Musicology (Cremona) since 2015. She also teaches Ethnomusicology at Rome “Sapienza” University School for Advanced Studies for Ethnoanthropological Heritage since 2012. Her fields of research are: intangible heritage and it’s heritization; music and rite; music and migration; oral poetry and narrative styles; visual ethnomusicology. Her book Evviva la Santissima Trinità (Carsa, 2008) won the first prize ANCI “Memorie e musiche Comuni”. In 2010 the documentary Lanterne di fede had a mention at “Silvia dell’Orso” prize.
Antonio Delfino is Associate Professor in the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of Pavia's University (at Cremona). He is a member of the editorial committe for the publication of the Marc’Antonio Ingegneris’s works and the editorial board of the “Notations Project”. His research interests span from music of the Renaissance and the Seventeenth century. Nevertheless he wrote philological essays in Italian chamber music of the 19th century (about Paganini and Bottesini) as well as on the organ music of the late Romantic period and the 20th century. He is also a performer at organ and harmonium.
Fabrizio Della Seta is professor of History of Music and Musical Philology at the University of Pavia, and is responsible for the Doctorate Program in Musicology. In 2009 he was a visiting professor in the Music Department of the University of Chicago. His scholarly work has dealt with many aspects of history of music and textual scholarship, including 19th-century Italian opera and Beethoven. He has published three books, four critical editions (Verdi, Rossini, Bellini), many essays on Italian and international journals, proceedings and miscellanies. Since 1999 he is co-general editor of the Edizione critica delle opere di Vincenzo Bellini (Milan: Ricordi). In 2014 his edition of I Puritani received the “C.V. Palisca Award” of the American Musicological Society for the best musical edition.
Michela Garda has a philosophical and a musicological background. She teaches Musical Aesthetics and Sociology of music at the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage in Cremona. In 2006 was visiting Fellow in Princeton and was invited to give lectures and papers by many universities, among them, Bern, Zürich, Strasbourg, Chicago and Tel Aviv. She is author of two booksMusica sublime. Metamorfosi di un’idea del Settecento musicale (1995) and L’estetica musicale del Novecento. Tendenze e problemi (2007).
Michele Girardi, associate professor of Musical Dramaturgy at Pavia University, is an authority on the music of the 19th and 20th Centuries (Puccini: His International Art, The University of Chicago Press 2000). He has collaborated with the major theaters of Europe and with some of the most important international institutions of musicology; has participated in research projects supported by various universities in the United States and in Germany and has been guest professor at the Academy of Advanced Musical Studies “Leos Janácek” of Brno (1995) and Paris 8 University (2012). He is a member of the scientific committee of the Centro studi Giacomo Puccini in Lucca, editor of the review “Studi pucciniani. In 1996, he won the first "Massimo Mila" prize for his essay-writing in musicology.
Massimiliano Guido holds degrees from Pavia University (doctorate and laurea in Musicology), Göteborg University (Master of Music Research), and organ and harpsichord diplomas (Parma and Como Conservatories). From 2011 to 2014, he served as Post-doctoral researcher at the Schulich School of Music of Mcgill University, Montreal, where he was the first musicologist to receive the prestigious Banting Fellowship (2012-14). In 2015 he moved to Cremona, where he is a research fellow at the Musicology and Cultural Heritage Department of Pavia University and teaches courses in History of Musical Instruments. His research topics are history of music theory, performance practice, improvisation, and keyboard music from sixteenth to eighteenth century, with a special emphasis on the relationship between repertoire and instrument.
Stefano La Via has completed his musicological studies at the Universities of Rome “La Sapienza” (Laurea in lettere degree) and Princeton (MFA, PhD in Musicology). He is currently Associate Professor at the University of Pavia, Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage, Cremona, where he teaches “Storia della Poesia per musica” and “Storia della Canzone d’autore”. He has carried out research and published many essays on the relationship between poetry and music in various historical periods, from Medieval times to nowadays, with particular reference to 16th-century Italian Madrigal, Baroque Opera, Popular Song in Europe, USA and Brasil.
Elena Mosconi is Associate Professor at the Università degli studi di Pavia. Her approach refers mainly to cultural history and historiography. She has worked on early and silent film and its culture, drawing particular attention to Italian cinema. Her research also addresses the relationship between cinema and music, particularly at the intermedial and intertextual level. She has written: “The impression of film. Essays on Italian film history 1895.-1945”, Milan, 2006, and edited “Black on white. The politics for cinema in eighty years of ‘Rivista del cinematografo’”, Rome 2008, and co-edited “Cinema and Sound in Italy (1945-1970), «Comunicazioni Sociali», 1, 2011 (with Massimo Locatelli). She is also a contributor to Italian and International reviews.
Ingrid Pustijanac is a Research Professor at the University of Pavia, Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage. Her main research fields are Performance studies, Composition technique and Music theory, in particular that of the late 20th Century composers such as György Ligeti, Gérard Grisey, Helmut Lachenmann, Giacinto Scelsi, Luciano Berio, Salvatore Sciarrino, and others. Her research is based on sketch studies and the analysis of the compositional process.
Eleonora Rocconi is PhD in Classics. Her research interests focus on ancient Greek music and music theory, as well as on ancient Greek theatre, especially comedy. She has beenparticipating as key-speaker (together with Andrew Barker and Egert Pöhlmann) to the Seminars on Ancient Greek and Roman Music, international annual seminars dedicated to the study of texts and themes related to this topic (first held at the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece and then in Riva del Garda, Italy), since 2005. She is charter member of MOISA. International Society for the Study of Ancient Greek Music and its Cultural Heritage, and member of the editorial board of Greek and Roman Musical Studies, the first specialistic periodical in the fields of ancient Greek and Roman music, published by Brill.
Angela Romagnoli is associate professor at the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of Cremona (University of Pavia) and teaches History of performance practice, History of dance and dance music and History of theater. She has taught at the Charles University in Prague and at the University of Vienna, and was invited to give lectures by many european academic and cultural institutions, among them Salzburg, Innsbruck, Brno, Bratislava. She participated actively in the life of Italian and international cultural institutions as a musicological consultant and organizer of cultural events. Since 2009 she is artistic director of WAM-Festival Internazionale W.A. Mozart in Rovereto, and is a member of the Board of the European Mozart Ways.
Daniele Sabaino has degrees in Piano performance, Musicology, and Composition, a master in Religious Studies and a doctorate in Musical Philology. Since October 2000 he is associated professor at the Faculty of Musicology of the University of Pavia, where he teaches “Modality in the Renaissance”, “Theory and History of Medieval Notation”, “Harmony and Music Analysis”, “History of Christian liturgical music”. He is a member of the editorial board of: “Philomusica online” (online journal of the “Dipartimento di Scienze Musicologiche e Paleografico-Filologiche”), the journal “Il Saggiatore Musicale”, and the “Colloqui di Musicologia del ‘Saggiatore Musicale’”.
Rodobaldo Tibaldi, PhD in Musicology, is Associate Professor at the University of Pavia, Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage (Cremona). He has published articles mainly on Italian music of the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries (sacred and devotional music, the frottola, simple polyphony), musical philology and bibliography, as well as critical editions. He is a member of the editorial board of «Philomusica on-line» and «Brixia sacra», and he contributes to the complete edition of the works of Ingegneri, Palestrina and Gesualdo.
Pietro Zappalà is associate professor of Musicology at the Department of Musicology in Cremona (University of Pavia). His scholarly activities embrace musicology as well as library science and bibliography as they apply to music. Among his musicological interests are composers of the nineteenth centuries (Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Amilcare Ponchielli). In the field of library science he has dealt with problems of the theory and technique of cataloging (thematic catalogs), and the organization and digitization of music archives (manuscripts, prints and audiorecordings).