After gaining a BMus in Classical Piano, a BA and an MPhil in Ancient Philosophy in Italy, I undertook doctoral research in Classics at the University of St Andrews, under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Halliwell.
My thesis, which offers a technically informed examination of Plato’s use of musical theory and practice in his ambitious ethical project to foster the excellence of the soul, was examined in 2013 by Prof. Andrew Barker and Dr. Emma Gee. It subsequently won a MOISA Research Award (2014) as well as one of the Conrado Eggers Lan Prizes granted by the International Plato Society in 2016.
From 2013 to 2015 I worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, on the project ‘Rhythm in Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry’. Since 2015 I have been Honorary Fellow at the University of Pavia–Cremona and I have joined Jesus College as a Junior Research Fellow in Classics in 2016.
My main research field is ancient Greek music, with a special interest in the lively debate on mousiké that took place in Classical Athens. The research questions I pursued in recent years fall into three main areas:
- Ancient Greek literature and philosophy, with special focus on Plato’s musical aesthetics and its educational, psychological and ethical implications, and on Euripides’ reflections on the ethical and aesthetic power of music.
- Technical aspects of ancient Greek musical performances (harmoníai, instruments, etc.) and their cultural significance, with special focus on Classical drama; the Greek musical documents.
- Ancient Rhythmics and Metre, especially Aristoxenus’ Elementa rhythmica and the rhythmical and metrical theories discussed in Aristides Quintilianus’ De Musica.
I have published research articles and book reviews in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Classical Quarterly, Études Platoniciennes, Greek and Roman Musical Studies, BMCR and Classical Review. I am currently completing the first of two planned monographs on Plato and music, provisionally entitled 'Plato’s musical êthos and the "Revolution" of the New Music: ancient Greek modes, rhythms and instruments'.
My next research project will explore the importance of music in Euripides’ works both as a set of artistic and dramatic techniques and, more generally, as a repertoire of concepts that informed the Athenian debate on music. I am also co-editing with Prof. Eleonora Rocconi (University of Pavia–Cremona) the Blackwell Companion to Ancient Greek and Roman Music, a volume that will provide a detailed overview of the most important issues raised by the study of ancient music, looking at them from a variety theoretical and practical angles.
Alongside this, I have designed the First and Second MOISA Summer School in Ancient Greek Music (2014 and 2015) and I have been organising the MOISA Summer Research Seminar since 2014.
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