Paulo de Assis


Paulo de Assis

Research fellow

Paulo de Assis is the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council’s project “Experimentation versus Interpretation: Exploring New Paths in Music Performance in the 21st Century” (2013-2018).

He studied piano with a.o. Vitaly Margulis and Michel Béroff at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg i. Br. (Germany), and with Alexis Weissenberg in Verbier and Engelberg (Switzerland). He has a PhD on music analysis on the works of Luigi Nono (Venice/Salzburg, 1999–2004; supervised by Jürg Stenzl, André Richard, and Wolfgang Motz). Between 2003 and 2005, following a commission by the Foundation Giorgio Cini (Venice) he completed Camillo Togni’s unfinished piano concerto (1994), which he also premiered at the theatre La Fenice in Venice. Between 2009 and 2012 he was Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music (CESEM) at the Universidade Nova, in Lisbon.

Active both as a performer and researcher he takes active part as pianist and conductor in his artistic projects, which are contextualised and infused with/by scholarly research. He authored two books (“Luigi Nonos Wende”, Wolke Verlag: and “Domani l’Aurora”, Olschki, Florence), and edited ten volumes, including “Experimental Affinities in Music” (Leuven University Press, 2015), and “Virtual Works—Actual Things” (LUP 2018, in print). Currently, he is working on the monograph “Logic of Experimentation: Rethinking Music Through Artistic Research” (LUP, upcoming), and on the collective volume “The Dark Precursor: Deleuze and Artistic Research” (LUP, upcoming).

With transdisciplinary interests on Philosophy, Post-Structuralism, Psychoanalysis, and Epistemology, Paulo de Assis is the Chair of the biennial international conference series on Deleuze and Artistic Research (

Research catalogue profile


Sound and Score

Sound & Score

Essays on Sound, Score and Notation

Author(s): paulo de assis, william brooks and kathleen coessens (eds.)
ISBN 97890586797695 - 39,50 euro

Kathleen Coessens, Paulo de Assis, William Brooks, Anna Scott, Anne Douglas, Darla Crispin, Miguelángel Clerc Parada, Yolande Harris

Experimental Systems

Experimental Systems

Future Knowledge in Artistic Research

Author(s): michael schwab (ed.)
ISBN 9789058679734 - 39,50 euro

Michael Schwab, Paulo de Assis, Paolo Giudici, Darla Crispin

Dynamics of Constraints

Dynamics of Constraints

Essays on Notation, Editing and Performance

Author(s): paulo de assis, mieko kanno and juan parra cancino
ISBN 9789490389024 - 15,00 euro

Paulo de Assis, Juan Parra Cancino, Mieko Kanno

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Beyond Urtext

A Dynamic Conception of Musical Editing

Author(s): paulo de assis
- 0,00 euro

Paulo de Assis

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The Dark Precursor

Deleuze and Artistic Research

Author(s): paulo de assis and paolo giudici (eds.)
ISBN 9789462701182 - 69,00 euro

Paulo de Assis, Paolo Giudici