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Luzia Aurora Rocha studied Musicology in Lisbon (Portugal) and Innsbruck (Austria), earning a PhD in Musicology from the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in 2012 with a dissertation on Portuguese Baroque Musical Iconography. She is currently a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music (CESEM), with part-time teaching duties at the Department of Musicology of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (NOVA FCSH); she also coordinates the Musical Iconography Thematic Line at CESEM and the Study Group on Musical Iconography from ARLAC-IMS. Her work spans the fields of Musicology, Musical Iconography, Organology, Semiotics and Cultural Studies with a focus on issues of production, reception, cataloguing of sources and cultural transfer.


She has taught at several higher education and university institutions (Instituto Piaget, INUAF, Metropolitan Orchestra and Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa) in the areas of Music History, Musical Iconography, Organology, Pedagogy and Didactics.


Luzia Aurora Rocha holds a Merit Prize from NOVA University (1999) and benefited from a PhD grant (FCT, 2006) and two post-doctoral research grants (The Orient Foundation, 2015; CESEM, 2017) before she applied successfully for a contract as a researcher (2019-). Rocha is the author of Cantate Dominum – Música e Espiritualidade no Azulejo Barroco (Colibri, 2015), Opera & Caricatura – o Teatro de S. Carlos na obra de Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (Colibri, 2010),co-author of Musical Images: Iconographic-Musical Itinerary (Althum, 2019), editor of IconografiaMusical: Autores de Países Ibero-Americanos e das Caraíbas (2015) and co-editor of Iconografia Musical: Organologia, Construtores e Prática Musical em Diálogo (2017), Iconografia Musical: Temas Portugueses (2020). Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed and web-of-science indexed journals such as Acta Musicologica, Studia Musicologica, Journal of Musicological Research and Musica Hodie.


She presented her work abroad, by invitation and as a keynote speaker in Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, USA, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia, China and Japan.

Research interests

Musicology, Musical Iconography, Organology, Semiotics and Cultural Studies with a focus on issues of production, reception, cataloguing of sources and cultural transfer; Music Pedagogy and Didactics.

Education/Academic qualification

Ciências Musicais , Doctorate, O motivo musical na azulejaria portuguesa da primeira metade do século XVIII / The Musical Motif in the Portuguese Tiles of the First Half of the 18th Century, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (FCSH)

… → 2012

External positions

Coord. Study Group on Musical Iconography , ARLAC - International Musicological Society

2022 → …

Cientific Consultant, Casa-Museu dos Patudos, Alpiarça

1 Feb 2019 → …

Cientific Consultant, Museu Municipal Carlos Reis

1 Feb 2019 → …


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