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Helena Vasques de Carvalho is an Assistant Professor at Universidade de Évora, Music Department and researcher at INET-md (Universidade Nova). She was the coordinator of the Music Department at ISEIT - PIAGET Institute in Almada, Lisbon . Helena holds a PhD in Sociology of Art - "Performing artists and professional careers" from ISCTE – Lisbon, Portugal. Her major research field relates to artists´ professions and market economy, vocational and professional development and performing arts in the creative agenda.

Helena is the president of the Portuguese Cultural Diversity Coalition (UNESCO 2005) and has worked with artists issues since 2005. Qualified to Masters of Music (MM) in Piano Performance from the University of Tennessee, USA, and Diploma from the Lisbon Conservatory, Portugal, Helena Vasques is also an accomplished musician and pianist. She played frequently with Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa and Orquestra Gulbenkian as orchestra pianist and was involved in many chamber music groups.

She has been invited as observer at the Intergovernemental Sessions of UNESCO, Cultural Diversity since 2017; as a IAFOR review Committee since 2017 and Fullbright jury for music grants since 2019.  She was a key speaker at the 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture - IFACCA, Malta 2016, ,

She is the national representative of ABRSM - Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, since 2017.

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, Doctorate, Artists´Careers, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)

Award Date: 15 Sept 2016

Music, Master, Piano performance, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Award Date: 7 Jul 1992

Music - Piano, Bachelor, Piano Performance, Escola Artística de Música do Conservatório Nacional

Award Date: 18 Jul 1986

External positions

Master of Music coordinator, ISEIT - Instituto Superior de Estudos Interculturais e Transdisciplinares - Jean Piaget

15 Sept 201615 Feb 2019

Auxiliary professor, Universidade de Évora

31 Oct 2010 → …

President, Associação Intervalo de Tempo

13 May 2009 → …

Invited Assistant professor, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco

31 Oct 200631 Jul 2009

vice-president, Coligação Portuguesa de Diversidade Cultural

10 Oct 2005 → …

Adjunct Professor, Polytechnic of Guarda (IPG)

15 Oct 199820 Apr 2005


  • MT Musical instruction and study
  • Music and musicology, history of music
  • Performing arts
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Sociology of Culture


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