Paulo de Assis (PI)

Paulo de Assis

Dr. Paulo de Assis, born 1969 in Portugal, studied Piano with Vitaly Margulis, Michel Béroff and Alexis Weissenberg (a.o.), in Freiburg (Germany) and Verbier (Switzerland), having been distinguished by the Fondation des Prix Européens (1994, ‘First prize’) and at the International Competition Maria Canals, Barcelona (1997, ‘Diploma de honor’). Subsequently he made a PhD in Musicology on the piano works of Luigi Nono, under the guidance of Wolfgang Motz, Jürg Stenzl and André Richard (a.o.). 2002-2003, following a command made by the Foundation Giorgio Cini (Venice) he completed Camillo Togni’s Piano concerto – a piece that remained unfinished at the composer’s death. 2005-2009 he made a Post-Doc embracing the complete work of Luigi Nono in Venice and Salzburg. Between 2009 and 2013 he was Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music (CESEM) at the University Nova Lisbon, where he coordinated the research strand ‘Composition, Performance, Experimentation’, and where he launched a book series with writings of contemporary composers. An expert in contemporary music (particularly in the music of Luigi Nono and Emmanuel Nunes), his research interests currently focus on the concepts and practices of interpretation and experimentation in music performance.

Paulo de Assis published two books as author (Luigi Nono’s Wende, Hoffheim: Wolke Verlag 2006; and Domani l’aurora. Ripristino ricostruttivo del Concerto per pianoforte e orchestra di Camillo Togni, Florence: Olschki 2004), and seven books as editor (Beyond Urtext: a dynamic conception of musical editing, Leuven: Leuven University Press 2009; Jorge Peixinho. Escritos e Entrevistas, Porto: CESEM/Casa da Música 2010; Jorge Peixinho: Miroirs… Memoires, Lisbon: Colibri 2011; Emmanuel Nunes. Escritos e Entrevistas, Porto: CESEM/Casa da Música 2011; Pierre Boulez: Escritos Seletos, Porto: CESEM/Casa da Música 2012; Sound and Score, Leuven: Leuven University Press 2013, together with William Brooks and Kathleen Coessens), and Luigi Nono: Escritos e Entrevistas, Porto: CESEM/Casa da Música 2015.

In the Spring 2013 he was guest professor at the University of Toulouse (France) and in February 2015 at the Music School Katarina Gurska, Madrid. He is member of the evaluation panels of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS—2014-2016) and of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2015-2019).

Paulo de Assis is the Principal Investigator of ME21.

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