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Professor Gabriele Rossi Rognoni

MA, Dott. abil., HonRCM

Gabriele Rossi Rognoni has been Curator of the Royal College of Music Museum since January 2014.  He is President of the International Committee of Music Museums of ICOM (The International Council of Museums), Board member of the Galpin Society, of the Benton Fletcher Collection of Keyboard Instruments (Fenton House, National Trust), and member of the Research Committee of the Museum of the Violin in Cremona. He served as advisory Board member of the American Musical Instrument Society between 2011 and 2013.

Between 2001 and 2013 he was Curator of the Musical Instrument Department of the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, where he also co-curated two international exhibitions. From 2007 he was Adjunct Professor at the University of Florence, holding courses in History of Music, History of Musical Instruments and Music Analysis. In 2013 he received Academic Abilitation as Associate Professor in History of Music.

He has been in charge, or co-coordinated, major redevelopments of several music museums, including the Medici and Lorraine collections at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence (1998-2001, with Franca Falletti and Renato Meucci), the Museum of the Violin in Cremona (2011-2013, with Renato Meucci).

He also managed major research and redevelopment projects funded by the European Union, Heritage Lottery Fund, Higher Education Funding Council for England, COST-EU, International Council of Museums, Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, Arts Council of England-Share Academy programme, Museum of London-Survive and Thrive programme.

He was Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Conservation (2001) and Sylvan C. Coleman and Pamela Coleman Fellow in Curatorship (2007) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Institut für Musikforschung Preussischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin (2011).

Gabriele was appointed Personal Chair of Material Culture and Music at the RCM in November 2017. 

 His publications focus on the history and technology of musical instruments and methods of identification. A selection is available at and


Faculties / departments: Research


Latest Publications

Fioravanti, M. and Di Giulio, G. and Signorini, G. and Rossi Rognoni, G. and Sodini, N. and Tromba, G. and Zanini, F. (2017) Non-invasive wood identification of historical musical bows. IAWA Journal (International Association of Wood Anatomists), 38 (3). pp. 285-296. ISSN 0928-1541 (E-ISSN 2294-1932)

Rossi Rognoni, G. (2017) The descent of organology: cultural and methodological influences in the definition of organology in the 19th century. In: Vom Sammeln, Klassifizieren und Interpretieren: Die zerstörte Vielfalt des Curt Sachs. Sound and Idea . Schott Music, Mainz, pp. 199-208. ISBN 978-3-7957-1284-6

Rognoni, G. R. (2015) Perspectives from a changing culture: one hundred years of debate on the role of musical instruments. In: Effects of playing on early and modern musical instruments. International Conference., 9-10 Sept 2015, Royal College of Music. (Unpublished)

Rognoni, G. R. and Fioravanti, M. and Biagiotti, P. and Gallerini, P. and Menchi, I. and Ricci, R. (2015) The use of CT scanning for bowed stringed instrument identification and comparison. In: International Workshop on Musical Instrument CT scanning, May 2015, Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg. (Unpublished)

Rognoni, G. R. and Falletti, F. (2015) Gli strumenti musicali del Conservatorio Cherubini alla Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze: un esempio di collaborazione tra istituzioni. In: National Conference 'Musica Conservata', 17-19 April 2015, Florence. (Unpublished)

Rognoni, G. R. (2015) Il salterio italiano: apogeo e declino. In: Invited lecture, 28 March 2015, Museo di S. Colombano, Collezione Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Bologna. (Unpublished)

Rossi Rognoni, G. (2015) The virginals of Benedetto Floriani (Venice, fl.1568–1572) and a proposal for a new attribution. Galpin Society Journal, 68.

Rognoni, G. R. and Fioravanti, M. and Biagiotti, P. and Gallerini, P. and Menchi, I. and Ricci, R. (2014) The application of x-ray ct scan to the documentation of early musical instruments. In: New approaches to the indentification of musical instruments. International Conference, Cremona, Museum of the Violin, September 2014, Cremona, Museum of the Violin. (Unpublished)

Gold, N. and Rognoni, G. R. (2014) The MiCLUES system: Dynamic, rich contextual support for museum visits. In: International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections of the International Council of Museums - Annual Meeting, 10 July 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland. (Unpublished)


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Professor Gabriele Rossi Rognoni

Professor of Material Culture and Music

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