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Corpus Research

              as a Means of Unlocking

         Musical Grammar


 A pioneering event, bringing together scholars from all over the world  

July 1-4

Bar-Ilan University

Tel Aviv University






Inauguration and Welcome Address


Sessions Begin



First Concert


Social Dinner


The Speakers




Miri Blustein

Tel Aviv University

Miri Blustein is a music scholar and a lecturer. The topic of her dissertation is the search for individual style and local style in two-voice Trecento madrigals which originated in Northern Italy and Florence (2010, the Hebrew University). Her fields of interest include 14th-century vernacular music and Israeli popular music as part of the popular music global scene. Recently her research, conducted in Mofet Institute, focused on the sociological and psychological implications of relocation experience on Israeli families.  Dr. Blustein teaches in Tel Aviv University, the open university and David Yellin college of education.




Matan Ben-Asher

Bar Ilan University


Matan Ben-Asher is currently working on the development and innovation of software and hardware products in a range of tech fields including semiconductors (Negevtech), industrial printing (HP), medical devices (Optical Imaging), Ossur/UM Research Lab. Matan is an audio signal processing researcher working at Waves Audio since 2013, leading the development of sound processing DSP algorithms, psycho-acoustics, and spatial audio technology. Matan received a BSc. in Electrical Engineering and BSc. in Physics from Tel-Aviv University as well an MSc. in Music Engineering Technology from the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, having graduated as an outstanding student. He is now a Ph.D. Candidate at Music Department, Music Tech program, Bar-Ilan University.


Assaf Brown

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Assaf Brown was born in 1992. He started his music studies in 2001 and soon began to write music, mainly for piano solo. He won a number of scholarships, including 'America-Israel Cultural Foundation' and 'Secret of Culture'. Some of his works were broadcasted on the radio (2007, 2009, 2018) and played by the Raanana Symphnette orchestra (2014). Since 2015 he is studying cognitive science and musicology at the Hebrew University and composition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. In 2018 he started his master's degree in cognitive science under the supervision of Prof. Yosef Grodzinsky and Prof. Eli Nelken, with the generous funding of JBC scholarship. The thesis discusses the ways by which harmony and other related features affect musical parsing.



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Ben Duane

Washington University, Saint Louis

Ben Duane is Assistant Professor of Music at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches music theory, music cognition, and computational modeling. His research, which combines computational corpus analysis with traditional music-theoretic methods, focuses on texture and form in late eighteenth-century music. His articles have appeared in numerous venues, including Music Theory Spectrum, the Journal of Music Theory, Music Analysis, Music Perception, and the Journal of New Music Research.



Zohar Eitan 

Tel Aviv University

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Zohar Eitan is a professor of music theory and music cognition at Tel Aviv University. Much of his research examines empirically how cross-modal correspondences affect the connotations and meanings of music. His current research projects examine the cross-modal correspondences of tonal stability, and cross-modal associations of musical parameters in people with dementia. He has also published studies on implicit absolute pitch, the perception of musical form, the perception of motivic similarity, and musical tension. His research was published  (among other venues) in Cognition, JEP-APP, EP, MP, and PoM.

Christoph Finkensiep

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École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne

Christoph Finkensiep is a doctoral researcher at the Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab since 2017. He
obtained his Master’s degree in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück with a thesis entitled
“A Formal Model of Voice Leading” (2017). His  Bachelor in Computer Science from the University of
Paderborn was completed with a thesis that addressed the problem of automatic composition of semantic web services (2014). His current research focuses on computational modeling of musical structure. Further scientific interests include music cognition, probabilistic modeling and machine learning, artificial intelligence, as well as the philosophy of mind and philosophy of science.



Mathieu Giraud

Université de Lille

Mathieu Giraud is a CNRS Associate Researcher in the CRIStAL department in the Université de Lille (France). He has long been working in bioinformatics, designing and implementing algorithms for comparing DNA 
sequences. He now leads the Algomus computer music team
( www.algomus.fr ) focused on Computational Music Analysis. With his colleagues in Lille and Amiens, he aims to model high-level structures in music scores, 
combining musical knowledge, text algorithms, and machine learning. To that aim, his research interests include the computational analysis of patterns, harmony, and texture, and tools for interacting with analyzed scores. Mathieu collaborates with scholars, music teachers, and artists.

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Yoav Goldberg

Bar-Ilan University

Prof. Yoav Goldberg is an associate professor of computer science at Bar-Ilan University and the research director of AI2 Israel. His research interests include language understanding technologies with real-world applications, combining symbolic and neural representations, uncovering latent information in text, syntactic and semantic processing, and interpretability and foundational understanding of deep learning models for text and sequences. Prof. Goldberg authored a popular textbook on deep learning techniques for natural language processing, as well as over 100 scientific publications, including best-paper awards at top-tier language understanding conferences. He was among the IEEE's "AI Top 10 to Watch" in 2018, and a recipient of the Krill Prize in Science in 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University and spent time in Google Research as a post-doc. 


Yosef Goldenberg

Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

Yosef Goldenberg teaches at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he also serves as head librarian. He is a theorist of tonal music and a scholar of Israeli music. On music theory, he is the author of Prolongation of Seventh Chords in Tonal Music and co-editor of the SMT award-winning Bach to Brahms: Essays on Musical Design and Structure. He published extensively in leading journals. His recent publications include “Harmony without Voice Leading?”, “Cadential Six-Fours at Boundary Points”, and “When and How are Modulations Diatonic?” Currently, he works on a full-length book on enharmonicism.

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Yoel Greenberg

Bar Ilan University 

Yoel Greenberg is a senior lecturer in the department of music at Bar-Ilan. His research, published in leading journals, concerns the evolution of sonata form as a self-organizing system, interrelationships between music, art and literature in the early 20th century, and computerized recognition of musical style. He is currently completing a book on the evolution of sonata form, under contract with Oxford University Press. Yoel also maintains an active performance schedule as a violist with the Carmel Quartet, with whom he presents the critically and publicly acclaimed series “Strings and More”.






Daniel Harasim

École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne

Daniel Harasim is a Ph.D. candidate in digital humanities at the École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He works on the topics of generative modeling of musical structures, combining methods from music theory, mathematical modeling, computational linguistics, and Bayesian statistics. In 2015, he earned a master’s degree in mathematics and computer science at the TU Dresden where he, in particular, worked on geometric structures of voice-leading spaces. His research interests further include topics from mathematical music theory, music cognition, and the application of Schenkerian Analysis to Jazz. Aside from his academic activities, he enjoys playing the upright bass in Jazz improvisations.

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Johannes Hentschel

École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne

Johannes Hentschel joined the EPFL’s Digital and Cognitive Musicology Laboratory in 2018, where he contributes to maintaining and evaluating various corpora of machine-readable music analyses. He studied music education, music theory, and Romance studies in Freiburg and Lübeck.


Ziv Kaplan

Tel Aviv University

Ziv Kaplan was born in Jerusalem in 1995. Ziv is a percussionist from Mr. Alon Bor’s class (former Israel Philharmonic). In 2017, Ziv received his Bachelor degree from the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance. Today, Ziv is studying in Tel Aviv University both his Master in Percussion and his M.A. in Musicology, under the guidance of Dr. Uri Rom. Ziv is a registered Artist of the Mike Balter mallets company. Ziv has played with many Professional Orchestras and ensembles. He won the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, was the first percussionist to win the Jerusalem academy concerto award and the first Percussionist to win the first prize in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Wind and Percussion contest.


Ana Llorens


Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales, UCM

Ana Llorens combines the double perspective of the performer and the scholar. After obtaining her BA in cello performance in Madrid, she continued her studies at Indiana University. She received the Spanish National Prize for Academic Excellence for her degree in Musicology, which she completed, along an MPhil, at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She conducted her Ph.D. research at the University of Cambridge; in it, she specialized in performance studies and music analysis. Ana is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the European Research Council project DIDONE, based at the Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales (Madrid).


Omer Maliniak

Bar Ilan University

Omer Maliniak, 35, married and a father of two, is a Ph.D. student at the Music Department of the Bar-Ilan University and a music educator. His current research focuses on the evolution of musical form in the eighteenth century, with a specific interest in the concerto. Aside from his studies in music, he holds previous experience in cognitive research, in the area of second language learning and processing

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Nathan Martin

University of Michigan

Nathan John Martin is an assistant professor of music at the University of Michigan. He has been the co-editor of Music Theory & Analysis since 2014. His co-edited volume Formal Functions in Perspective appeared with the University of Rochester Press in 2015. In 2014, his article "Rameau's Changing Views on Supposition and Suspension" won the Society for Music Theor's Outstanding Publication Award. During the 2018–2019 academic year, he held the Edward T. Cone Membership in Music at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton.


Jan Miyake

Oberlin College

Jan Miyake is Associate Professor of Music Theory at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Dr. Miyake’s research interests include form in late 18th- and early 19th-century works and issues of access in pedagogy. She has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences, and is published in the Journal of Schenkerian Studies, Essays from the Fourth International Schenker
Symposium, and Brahms and the Shaping of Time, among others. Miyake is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she earned degrees in viola performance and mathematics and of the City University of New York, where she earned a Ph.D. in Music Theory.

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Fabian Moss

École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne

Fabian C. Moss studied Mathematics and Educational Studies at the University of Cologne, and Music
Education (Major Piano) and Musicology at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln. In 2015, he began his Ph.D. (supervision: Martin Rohrmeier) at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, which he continues since September 2017 at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. His main research interests encompass Computational Music Analysis, Music Theory, Music Cognition, and their mutual relationship. His main thematic focus lies on extended tonality in the 19th century, and his primary musical activities are choral and ensemble singing as well as playing the piano.



Markus Neuwirth

École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne

Markus Neuwirth is a Postdoctoral Researcher at École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). At EPFL he is conducting the “From Bach to the Beatles” project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (with Martin Rohrmeier). Previously he held a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Research Foundation Flanders at Leuven University (2013–2016). Neuwirth is co-editor of the international journal Music Theory and Analysis as well as the general editor of the GMTH Proceedings (peer-reviewed). In addition, he is the co-editor (with Pieter Bergé) of the “What is a Cadence?” volume (2015) that won the Outstanding Multi-Author Collection Award 2018 from the Society for Music Theory.

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Martin Rohrmeier

École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne



Uri Rom

Tel-Aviv University

Uri Rom studied conducting and music theory in Tel Aviv and Berlin. In 2011 he earned his Ph.D. at the Humanities Faculty of Berlin’s Technical University summa cum laude, writing on the compositional significance of key choice in Mozart’s works. His original compositions and completion of fragments by
Mozart have been published, and his oboe concerto in the style of the Venetian Baroque was recorded for Harmonia Mundi. His research interests encompass Formenlehre and corpus studies on musical form; structure and expression in Mozart’s music, as well as advanced chromatic harmony and enharmonicism. Between 1998 and 2009 he taught orchestral conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts. Since October 2011 he teaches music theory at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University. In 2017, Uri Rom received a three-year research grant from the Israeli Science Foundation to
explore structural implications of key choice in tonal music and key-related compositional profiles.

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Olga Sánchez-Kisielewska

University of Chicago

Olga Sánchez-Kisielewska is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago and holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Cognition from Northwestern University. Her research gravitates around issues of musical meaning and expression, with a focus on the eighteenth century. Her work combines topic theory, schema theory, corpus analysis, and other methods and frameworks to reconstruct historical modes of listening and relate music structures to other domains of human experience. She has published in Theory and Practice and the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy and received awards from the Music Theory Society of New York State, the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, and the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music.



Daniel T. Shanahan

Ohio State University

Daniel Shanahan is an assistant professor of music theory and cognition at The Ohio State University, where he is the director of the Music Cognition Lab. Before arriving at OSU, Daniel was director of the Music Cognition and Computation Lab at Louisiana State University, where he also taught undergraduate and graduate music theory. He previously taught music theory, history, and cognition at the University of Virginia. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, and is a co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music and Corpus Studies, and serves as co-editor of Empirical Musicology Review. Daniel’s current research interests include the computational analysis of the diffusion and transmission of musical style, as well as the analysis of jazz and folk music.

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Aviel Sulem

Bar Ilan University

Violinist Aviel Sulem is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Music at Bar-Ilan University. His research deals with expressiveness perception in violin performance and the relation with acoustic features. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics at the the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a B.Mus and Master in Music from the Academy of Music and Dance of Jerusalem. He is currently a permanent member of Israel Chamber Orchestra and a violin teacher at Netanya Conservatory.


Dmitri Tymoczko

Princeton University

Dmitri Tymoczko (b. 1969, Cambridge, Massachusetts) is a composer and music theorist who teaches at Princeton University. He is the author of the book A Geometry of Music (Oxford) and has released four CDs of his music.


Adam Yodfat

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Adam Yodfat is a Ph.D. candidate at the Musicology dept. and the Mandel School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. research, which revolves around a quantitative analysis of contemporary Israeli pop songs.


Dror Chawin

Tel Aviv University

Dror Chawin is a graduate of the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students at Tel-Aviv University, during which he majored in Computer Science, Music Composition, and East Asian Studies. He is currently working on his M.Sc. thesis in the field of Cryptography. In addition to having a firm theoretical basis in both computer science as well as music, he also has rich experience in musical performance, including participation as a choir singer in various productions (the Israeli Opera and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, among others), and across a wide repertoire, including modern and contemporary music.


Bella Brover

Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

Bella Brover-Lubovsky is a Professor of Musicology at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Israel. She is the author of Tonal Space in the Music of Antonio Vivaldi (Indiana University Press, 2008), The Early Reign of Oleg: Music for the Play by Catherine the Great (A-R Editions, 2018), and of numerous articles published in international periodicals and volumes. She is a recipient of international awards and grants, including the Thurnau Award (Bayreuth University), research grants from the Einstein Foundation Berlin, the Israel Science Foundation, the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America (Columbia University), the Vittore Branca Center for the Study of Italian Culture (Fondazione Cini, Venice), the Newberry Library, and the Vigevani and Orzen postdoctoral fellowships.

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Second Concert



Final Panel Discussion


The Venue

Bar Ilan University 

Tel Aviv University

The conference will be split between two of Israel's most well-known universities.





About The Event:

The International workshop “Corpus Research as a Means of Unlocking Musical Grammar” brings together pioneering scholars who employ corpus-based research and big-data methods to study aspects of musical grammar and form. In this four-day event, hosted by Bar-Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities, we will share approaches and methods, exploring the potential and limits of corpus-based research and its bonds to related fields of inquiry (e.g., language modeling, music perception and semantics, etc.), as well as highlighting difficulties and lacunae, with an aim to foster an international community of like-minded scholars.