The project was led by Principal Investigator, Prof. Karl Kügle. 

Over the course of the project, six post-doctoral researchers and two project support coordinators have been active.

Project Members 2021 - 2022

From October 2021 to the end of 2022, the project team included two Research Fellows: David Catalunya and Uri Smilansky. More information about their work for the project and their current positions at other eminent institutions can be found in links from their RESEARCH AREAS. Claire Selby was project support coordinator.

Project Members 2019 - 2021

From October 2019 to the end of the academic year 2021, the project team included three Research Fellows: David Catalunya, Grantley McDonald and Uri Smilansky. More information about their work for the project and their current positions at other eminent institutions can be found in links from their RESEARCH AREAS. Claire Selby joined the team as project support coordinator.

Project Members 2016 -2019

From the start of the project in 2016 to the end of the academic year 2019, three Research Fellows were active on the project: David Murray, Laura Slater and Christophe Masson. More information about their work for the project and their current positions at other eminent institutions can be found in links from their RESEARCH AREAS. Martha Buckley was project support coordinator.

About the team

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Karl studied piano at the Hochschule für Musik, Munich (1975-81), the Hochschule für Musik, Würzburg (1981-82) and the Juilliard School (1982-83), as well as musicology, theatre studies and Japanese at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich (1976-82). He continued his studies at New York University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1993 with a study of the fourteenth-century manuscript Ivrea, Biblioteca capitolare 115 and its music. He subsequently held research positions at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. In 1998, he joined the Department of Music at the University of Hong Kong where he taught until 2004. In autumn 2004, he was appointed Professor of Musicology at Utrecht University where he occupied the Chair in the History of Music prior to 1800. He joined the University of Oxford in 2016, where he is Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Music and Senior Research Fellow of Wadham College. From 2016 to 2019, he also led the HERA-financed international research project Sound Memories. He currently is Director of Research in the Faculty of Music at Oxford and a Visiting Professor in Musicology at Heidelberg University (October 2022 - March 2023).



Have a look at Karl's full CV and his list of publications here: 


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David (team member 2019-2022) researches court culture at the Royal Abbey of Las Huelgas, Burgos (Spain) in the period 1200-1360. His study sheds new light on the permeable boundaries between monastic and court culture in this royal foundation and elucidates the staging of royal, public ceremonies – such as coronations, conferment of knighthoods, funerals and the commemoration of battles – within the architectural space of Las Huelgas.


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Uri is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ERC-funded ‘Music and Late Medieval European Courtly Cultures’ research project (MALMECC), focusing on music as cultural artefacts within fourteenth century courtly culture, be they physically manifest in luxury books, experienced in performance or demonstrated through mediating visuality or the displays of economic or intellectual power. In particular, he is interested in the presentation of individual musical identity as they interact with a wide range of stakeholders, from scribes and performers to both primary and secondary patrons. In this, he concentrates on the figure of Guillaume de Machaut as he was perceived throughout Europe, as well as composers now usually placed under the umbrella term Ars Subtilior.



Grantley is joining the project with a keen interest in the cross-cultural aspect of the project's work and aims. His focus is the court and chapel of holy Roman Emperor, Frederick III, 1415-1493. Grantley McDonald is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, where he is investigating the chapel of Emperor Frederick III as part of the MALMECC project, under the direction of Prof. Karl Kügle. He is also leader of the FWF research project The court chapel of Maximilian I: between art and politics at the University of Vienna. He has been one of the editors of the Verzeichnis deutscher Musikdrucke (University of Salzburg) since its inception in 2012. He holds doctoral degrees in musicology (Melbourne, 2002) and history (Leiden, 2011). Grantley’s research has been distinguished with prizes. He is also active as a freelance singer.

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Claire worked on the MALMECC project providing administrative and finance support to the team. Her interest in music, language and cultural education chimed well with her role supporting this project.




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Laura Slater

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Please see the blog posts 'Meet the Researchers' for further information about these former team members.




Martha Buckley was Project Support Coordinator from 2016 to 2019.

Martha is now project portfolio manager in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford and a member of the LGBT + Allies network in Oxford’s Equality and Diversity Unit.