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Jordi Ballester Gibert has been teaching musicology at the Department of Art and Musicology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona since 2001. He graduated in Philosophy and Arts and obtained the Extraordinary Degree Award (UAB1988), and he obtained his doctorate degree in Arts in 1995 (UAB). He also studied music, obtaining the grade of piano teacher in 1985. Between 1985 and 2001 he taught piano, music theory and music history at the Conservatori Professional de Música de Terrassa, where he acted as headmaster between 1991 and 2001. In 1995 he obtained the "Emili Pujol" Musical Research Award (Any XI). Since 2013 he has been president of the Catalan Society of Musicology (part of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans).

At the UAB he teaches subjects related to organology, musical iconography and research methodology. He has been an advisor of eight doctoral theses [and of another seven which are in progress]. He has also been advisor of circa 50 bachelor, master and DEA thesis.

Jordi Ballester's scientific production focuses on historical musicology, organology and, in particular, on the study of musical iconography. This production takes the form of more than fifty articles, books and book chapters. His research activity is also visible in the conferences in which he has participated as a speaker (more than thirty of which are international, held in Barcelona, Brussels, Bordeaux, Mexico City, Columbus, Lecce, Lisbon, London, Lucca, Madrid, New York, Rome, Saint Petersburg, Sydney, Turin, Zurich, etc.). Moreover he has organized or has been part of the scientific committee of fifteen national and / or international conferences.

His research activity is complemented by university management: he was Head of the History of Art & Musicology Department (UAB) from 2008 to 2014. Since 2013 he has been the President of the Societat Catalana de Musicologia. From 2013 to 2017 he was also liaison officer to the Council of Association RIdIM on behalf of the International Musicological Society. From 1991 to 2001 he was headmaster of the Conservatory of Terrassa (Barcelona). He regularly collaborates with the radio program El taller del luthier, on Catalunya Musica, dealing with topics related to music iconography []. He has researched on music history, organology, and music iconography (including the data base IcMuC His works on music iconography have been published in prestigious journals such as Imago Musicae, Music in Art Early Music, and Musique-Images-Instruments and in several books and proceedings of conferences sponsored by national and international organisations.

He has been member of the panel of Evaluators of the Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) of the Generalitat de Catalunya (since 2004) and of the EVALUA program of the State Research Agency of the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain (since 2004), he was member of the Panel of Experts of the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) (2009-2016), and has acted as an external evaluator of the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (Research Foundation - Flanders), FWO, Belgium (2013).

He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Anuario Musical since 2019; of the Editorial Team of the Revista Catalana de Musicologia since 2018; and of the Board Advisory of Editors of the magazine Music in Art: International Journal for Music Iconography (Research Center for Music Iconography -RCMI- of New York) since 2016. He is Secretary of the Editorial Committee of the Music Collection - Monumentos de la Música Española (Editorial CSIC) since 2020. Since 2018 he has been a member of the jury for The Claire Brook Award at the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation (The Graduate Center of The City University of New York).


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