After graduating in piano, Maria Borghesi obtained the MA degree in musicology at the University of Pavia by submitting a dissertation about the instructive editions of J. S. Bach’s Two-Part Inventionsedited in Italy between the 19thand 20thcenturies. In January 2020, she will discuss her PhD dissertation in musicology at the Hochschule für Musik “Carl Maria von Weber”, where she is conducting a project titledItalian Reception of Johann Sebastian Bach (1950-2000): Words, Sounds, and Ideas.
Her interests concern the 19th– and 20th-century Italian music culture, textual bibliography and musical publishing, phenomena of cultural reception, and debates about performance practice and the early music revival. She presented papers about these themes in national and international conferences, and she published articles and essays in Italian and English.
From 2015 to 2017 she was the tutor of Harmony and Music Analysis. In 2018 she obtained a six-month scholarship by the Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rome, and she coordinated the secretary of the 18thBiennial International Conference on Baroque Musicheld in Cremona. In September 2019 she will be member of the scientific committee for the International Conference Bach at Dawn of 2020: Reception and Imaginaries in the Digital Era, together with Prof. Michael Heinemann, Prof. Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen, and Dr. Michael Maul. Meantime, she collaborates with the Italian Musicological Society (Italian music publishing, Music in 20th-century Italy, Rassegna bibliografica annualefor «Fonti Musicali Italiane») and she participates in the yearly activities of the Bach Network from 2015.
Currently, she is in charge of data entry into the relational database created by PerformArt, a project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and hosted by the French National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) and the École française in Rome.