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Jim Samson

Emeritus Professor (Music)
Royal Holloway University of London
Department of Music

Research sphere and interests

Jim Samson joined the staff at Royal Holloway in 2002 as Professor of Music, having previously been Professor at the Universities of Exeter and Bristol, and has held Visiting Professorships in Norway, Belgium and the US. He became Emeritus Professor in 2011, and is currently Editor-in-Chief for Grove Music Online: South East and East Central Europe, and one of three Series Editors of The Complete Chopin: A New Critical Edition (Peters Edition, in progress). His edition of the Chopin Ballades (Peters Edition) was named '2009 Edition of the Year' in the International Piano Awards.

He has published widely (including eight single-authored books, and nine edited or co-edited books) on the music of Chopin, on analytical and aesthetic topics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, and on the social histories of music in east central and southeastern Europe. His books have been translated into German, Polish, Spanish, Korean and Japanese. In 1989 he was awarded the Order of Merit from the Polish Ministry of Culture for his contribution to Chopin scholarship, and in 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Ionian University. His publications include The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Music (Cambridge, 2002), Virtuosity and the Musical Work: The Transcendental Studies of Liszt (Cambridge, 2003), which was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Book Prize in 2004, and most recently Music in the Balkans (Brill, 2013) and a co-edited volume, Music in Cyprus (Ashgate, 2015) with Nicoletta Demetriou. He edited a textbook with J. P. E. Harper-Scott, An Introduction to Music Studies, and is currently preparing a monograph provisionally entitled Black Sea Sketches: Music, Place and People.