Dr Robert Curry

Dr Robert Curry


Robert Curry is a musicologist and pianist. He completed his undergraduate training at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, graduating with honours. He continued his musical education in Warsaw at the Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Muzyczna [Uniwersytet Muzyczny im. Fryderyka Chopina] and at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where he studied under the distinguished pianist-scholar, Charles Rosen. After completing two Master’s degrees at Stony Brook, in music performance and in historical musicology, he took up a University of Toronto doctoral fellowship to pursue studies in Latin paleography and medieval music. He completed the doctorate at Monash University with a dissertation on sources of ars antiqua music and the Clarist Order. http://arrow.monash.edu.au/hdl/1959.1/5720

Following his return to Australian in 1982 he was appointed a foundation member of the Conservatorium staff in the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He was Head of Classical Music in the Academy until his appointment, in October 2006, as Principal of the Conservatorium High School, secondary arm of the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney.

Robert Curry’s musicological research centres on Eastern and Central Europe. In recent years he has focused on the musico-liturgical traditions of women’s religious orders and on artistic-cultural interactions between Jewish and Christian communities in the late middle ages. Current projects include a comparison of the earliest transmissions and translations of the Clarist Rule in Central Europe.

Robert Curry is a member of the research cluster ‘Cathedral, Court, City, Cloister’ which is supported by the ARC-funded Network for Early European Research and located at the Medieval and Early Modern Centre. In December 2010 he was Visiting Professor at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, PR China.


  • ‘Clarisses, Conventuals, and the Travails of the Franciscan Polish Province in Renaissance Cracow,’ in A Musicological Gift: Libro homenaje for Jane Morlet Hardie, ed. Kathleen Nelson & Maricarmen Gómez (Lions Bay, Ont: Institute of Mediaeval Music, 2013), pp. 19-39
  • ‘Music East of the Rhine,’ in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Music , ed. Mark Everist (CUP, 2011), pp. 171-82 / 391-94.
  • ‘Clarist Double Monasteries in Central Europe,’ in Interpreting Francis and Clare of Assisi: From the Middle Ages to the Present, ed. Constant J. Mews and C. Renkin (Melbourne: Broughton, 2010), pp. 135-151.
  • ‘A Bibliography of the Writings of Charles Rosen,’ in Variations on the Canon. Essays in Musical Interpretation from Bach to Boulez in Honor of Charles Rosen on his Eightieth Birthday, ed. Robert Curry, D. Gable and R. L. Marshall (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2008), pp. 346-363.
  • ‘Lost and Found in Stary Sącz,’ in Complexus effectuum musicologiae. Studia Miroslao Perz septuagenario dedicata, ed. Tomasz Jeż (Cracow: Rabid, 2003), pp. 31-42.
  • ‘Anderson, Gordon Athol (1929-1981),’ in Australian Dictionary of Biography, v.17, ed. John Ritchie and D. Langmore (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2007), pp.18-19.
  • Wanda Romana Sieradzka de Ruig, Wierze i piosenki . English translations by Robert Curry (Warsaw: Ziemia Oficyjna Wydawnicza ZTPP, 1995)


  • Bert Roest, Order and Disorder. The Poor Clares between Foundation and Reform (Brill, 2013), Parergon 32/1 (2015): in press
  • Emilia Jamroziak & Karen Stöber (eds), Monasteries on the orders of Medieval Europe. Conflict and Cultural Interaction (Brepols, 2013), Parergon 31/2 (2014): in press
  • Jennifer N. Brown & Donna Alfano Bussell (eds.), Barking Abbey and Medieval Literary Culture: Authorship and Authority in a Female Community (York Medieval Press, 2012), Journal of Religious History 38/3 (2014): 433-435
  • Thomas Fudge, Memory and Motivation of Jan Hus, Medieval Priest and Martyr (Brepols, 2013), Parergon 31/1 (2014): 209-211
  • Emma Dillon, The Sense of Sound. Musical Meaning in France 1260-1330 (OUP, 2012), Parergon 30/2 (2013): 181-183
  • Ildar H. Garipzanov, Historical Narratives and Christian Identity on a European Periphery (Brepols, 2011), Parergon 30/1 (2013): 305
  • Emilia Jamroziak, Survival and Success on Medieval Borders (Brepols, 2011), Parergon 29/2 (2012): in press
  • Pavel Krafl (ed.), Regesta Bohemiae et Moraviae aetatis Venceslai IV (Akademie věd ČR, 2010) and
    ————-, Petra Mutlová & Dana Stehl'ková, Řeholn' kanovn'ci sv. Augustina v Lanškrouně (Akademie věd ČR, 2010), Parergon 29/1 (2012): 227
  • Craig Monson, Nuns Behaving Badly (University of Chicago Press, 2010), Parergon 28/2 (2011): 227
  • Sean L. Field (ed. & trans.), The Writings of Agnes of Harcourt. The Life of Isabelle of France and the Letter on Louis IX and Longchamp (University of Notre Dame Press, 2003), Parergon 23/1 (2006): 246
  • Alexander J. Fisher, Music and Religious Identity in Counter-Reformation Augsburg, 1580-1630 (Ashgate, 2004), Parergon 22/2 (2005): 218
  • Craig Monson, Disembodied Voices. Music and Culture in an Early Modern Italian Convent (University of California Press, 1995), Parergon 14/2 (1997): 219
  • David Hiley, Western Plainchant. A Handbook (Clarendon Press, 1994), Parergon 13/1 (1995): 164

Recent Conference Papers

  • National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, International Conference on Gifted and Talented Education, 8-10/12/2014. Paper: ‘Can You See What I Hear? – Testing for Giftedness in Music.’
  • ‘Music at the time of John of Montecorvino OFM (1247-1328), first Archbishop of Khanbaligh [Beijing].’ Conference for Western Early Music, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, 1-4 July 2011.
  • ‘Painted from the picture: putting Jewish musicians back into the history of musical life in East Central Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.’ Twenty-second Annual Conference of the Australian Association of Jewish Studies, University of Sydney, 14-15 February 2010.
  • ‘Clarist double monasteries in Central Europe.’ International Conference to Mark 800 Years of the Rule of St Francis, Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne, 20-21 November 2009.
  • ‘The monastic antiphonals, Fisher mss 354, 355, 356 & 365.’ Symposium - Cathedral, Court, City and Cloister: Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscripts at the University of Sydney and Their International Contexts, University of Sydney, 9-11 July 2008.
  • ‘Music, liturgy and forma vitae - not always by the Rule.’ Combined Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Musicological Societies, Griffith University, Brisbane, 24-26 November 2007.