Erica Bisesi's academic track is multidisciplinary: PhD in mathematics and physics at Udine University in 2007, MSc in astroparticle physics at Trieste University in 2002, MA Degree in piano performance at Trieste Conservatory in 1996 and MMus in music theory and analysis at the University of Calabria / GATM (in progress). Born in Gorizia (Italy), she contributed to several large-scale research projects (systematic musicology, music interpretation and analysis, biological foundations of music, astrobiology, theoretical astrophysics, experimental elementary particle physics, history of physics, physics and music education).
Her career as a musicologist began in 2007, first at the Department of Speech, Music and Hearing at KTH, Stockholm, and then in several projects on the psychology of music, psychoacoustics, expressive music performance, music theory and analysis, and music information retrieval. She directed or participated in several projects on the systematic musicology at the Centre of Systematic Musicology at the University of Graz (2009-2016) and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (2016-2017). She is currently researcher at the Institut Pasteur in Paris (from 2017), where she is working in Intermuse, an interdisciplinary project on the biology and anthropology of music cognition and neurosciences.
She taught acoustics and psychoacoustics at the Udine Conservatory from 2004 to 2007, psychoacoustics and music cognition at the University of Graz from 2014 to 2015, introduction to acoustics and organology, music structure, expression and emotion at the Comenius University in Bratislava in 2017, and is active as lecturer in computational methods for music analysis at the University of Montreal (from 2018).
Erica collaborated with universities and conservatoires in Armenia (State Conservatory in Yerevan, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Komitas Museum-Institute in Yerevan), Austria (KFU, KUG), Canada (Faculty of Music of the Montreal University, OICRM, BRAMS), Finland (Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research in Jyväskylä), France (Institut Pasteur, SFAM, EHESS, CNRS and IRCAM in Paris, IRMA and GREAM in Strasbourg), Italy (GATM, Fondazione Istituto Liszt in Bologna, Associazione Seghizzi in Gorizia, Conservatoires of Udine, Trieste, Como and Novara, Universities of Udine, Padua and Bologna), Slovakia (Department of Musicology at the Bratislava University), Sweden (KTH), Switzerland (CSI in Lugano). In October 2009, Erica was awarded a Lise Meitner postdoctoral fellowship for a two-year project entitled Measuring and Modeling Expression in Piano Performance by FWF Austria. In December 2011, FWF funded her five-year Stand-Alone project Expression, Emotion and Imagery in Music Performance. She presented the results of her research in conferences, lectures and lecture-recitals at leading institutes all over the world (Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and the United States).
Her career as a pianist began at the age of five. She began studying Piano Performance with Maura Soro in Gorizia (Lower Degree, 1986), and then continued with Roberto Repini in Trieste (MA Degree, 1996). Over the following ten years, she mastered with the conductor Francesco Mander in Latisana, the pianists Bruno Canino in Milan, Florence and Switzerland, Aquiles Delle Vigne in Salzburg, Florence and Rome, Vladimir Krpan in Zagreb, Anna Kravtchenko in Rovereto, and Andreas Woyke in Graz. She regularly performs as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles.
During the last years, she dedicated a special attention to combine her research activity with performance practice. In 2017, she participated as a concert pianist in a GATM project on music performance/interpretation and music analysis (Conservatory of Novara, 2016-2017; International Conferences on Music Theory and Analysis in Strasbourg and Rimini, 2017). Her current research lies mainly in the area of computational and systematic musicology, music psychology, music cognition, psychoacoustics, anthropology of music, music information retrieval, music performance and interpretation, expression and emotion, music theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, with a special attention to the application of the results of her studies in music education. In her research, she usually investigates the structure, historiography, perception and expression of her concert repertoire.
Erica speaks fluently five languages. Fortunately for her life and her work, she loves to move.
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