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Lorenzo Gennaro Bianconi

Emeritus

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Curriculum vitae

Lorenzo Gennaro Bianconi , born in Muralto (Switzerland) on January 14, 1946, naturalized as an Italian citizen in 2004, studied musicology in Basel and Heidelberg, where he received his doctorate in 1974.

Since 1977 he has been a professor at the University of Bologna, where he has taught Musical Dramaturgy (full professor since 1983). He also taught at Princeton (1977) and at the Universities of Macerata (1977/78) and Siena (Arezzo campus, 1980-1983).

At the University of Bologna he served as president of the DAMS degree course (Discipline delle Arti, della Musica e dello Spettacolo, 1987-1989, 1994-1997), and of the master's degree in Discipline musicali (2003-2007); he directed the University's Dipartimento di Musica e Spettacolo (1998-2001); he was the coordinator of Scuola di Specializzazione per l'Insegnamento secondario (Graduate School of Secondary Education Teaching), for the Music Education class (2006-2009; 2014-2015).

He was a member of the Osservatorio della Ricerca at the University of Bologna (Research Observatory, 2004-2010); of the Nucleo di Valutazione at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza' (Assessment Commission, 2011-2013). In 2012-2013 he was an advisor to the Agenzia nazionale di Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca per la Valutazione della Qualità della Ricerca (National Agency on the Evaluation of the University and Research System for Research Quality Assessment).

He was an advisor to the Ministry of Education, University and Research for the Regolamento sulla formazione iniziale degli insegnanti (Guidelines for the Basic Training of Teachers, 2008-2009) and for the Liceo musicale e coreutico (Music and Dance College, 2009-2010).

He has published extensively on 17th century music (Il Seicento, Turin: EDT, 1982; English edition, Music in the Seventeenth Century, Cambridge University Press, 1987; Spanish edition Madrid: Turner, 1987); opera (La drammaturgia musicale, Bologna: Il Mulino, 1986; Storia dell'opera italiana, with G. Pestelli, Turin: EDT, 1987-1988; translated into French, German and English, as History of Italian Opera, University of Chicago Press, 1998-2003; Il teatro d'opera in Italia, Bologna: Il Mulino, 1993, English version as entry ‘Italy' in the New Grove Dictionary of Opera, 1992); poetry and music (in Letteratura italiana, VI, Turin: Einaudi, 1986); Rossini; the philology of librettos (Hors-d'œuvre alla filologia dei libretti, 1995); didactic approaches to musical theater; education science and music teaching.

He has published editions of works by 16th-century madrigal composers (for the series “Musiche Rinascimentali Siciliane”) and of the Italian libretti of G.F. Handel (with his wife Giuseppina La Face; Florence: Olschki, 1992–). With Ellen Rosand (Yale University) he co-edits the critical edition of Francesco Cavalli's operas (1602-1676; Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2012–). He is an editorial advisor to the “Works of Gioachino Rossini” (ibid.), “Edizione critica delle opere di Vincenzo Bellini” (Milan: Ricordi) and “Edizione nazionale delle opere di G.B. Pergolesi” (ibid.). He is a contributor to the series “Drammaturgia musicale veneta” (Venice-Milan: Fondazione Cini - Ricordi).

He directed or co-directed the periodicals Rivista italiana di musicologia (1973-1979), Acta Musicologica (official journal of the International Musicological Society, 1987-1991), and Musica e Storia (1993-2009). He founded the journal Il Saggiatore musicale (1994–); he is co-editor of the series “Historiae Musicae Cultores” and “Studi e testi per la Storia della musica” (Florence: Leo S. Olschki). Since 2011 he has been a music advisor to and since 2012 a co-editor of the Italian National Biography (Dizionario biografico degli Italiani, Rome: Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana).

He contributed to the establishment of Museo della Musica in Bologna (2004). He chaired the scientific committee of the 14th Congress of the International Musicological Society (Bologna, 1987; proceedings published in 3 volumes, Turin: EDT, 1990), was a member of the scientific committees of the 13th (Strasbourg, 1982) and 15th (Madrid, 1992) Congress, and will also be part of the committee of the 20th Congress (Tokyo, 2017).

In 1993 he founded the Associazione fra Docenti Universitari Italiani di Musica (Association of Italian University Music Teachers). He is the founder and vice-president of the Association “Il Saggiatore musicale” (Bologna, 1994–).

Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association (1983); corresponding member of the American Musicological Society (1995); honorary member of the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna (2001); corresponding member of Accademia delle Scienze in Turin (2006); member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2015).