Jim Samson joined the staff at Royal Holloway in 2002 as Professor of Music, having previously been Professor at the Universities of Exeter and Bristol, and has held Visiting Professorships in Norway, Belgium and the US. He became Emeritus Professor in 2011, and is currently Editor-in-Chief for Grove Music Online: South East and East Central Europe, and one of three Series Editors of The Complete Chopin: A New Critical Edition (Peters Edition, in progress). He has published widely (including eight single-authored books, and nine edited or co-edited books) on the music of Chopin, on analytical and aesthetic topics in 19th- and 20th-century music, and on the social histories of music in east central and south-eastern Europe. In 1989 he was awarded the Order of Merit from the Polish Ministry of Culture for his contribution to Chopin scholarship, and in 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Ionian University. His most recently publications are Music in the Balkans (Brill, 2013) and a co-edited volume, Music in Cyprus (Ashgate, 2015) with Nicoletta Demetriou. He is currently preparing a monograph provisionally entitled Black Sea Sketches: Music, Place and People. His edition of the Chopin Ballades (Peters Edition) was named 2009 Edition of the Year in the International Piano Awards, and in 2018 he was awarded the Irish Research Council-Harrison Medal in recognition of outstanding achievements in musicology. He has recently completed a novel set during the Greek War of Independence. In 2019 and 2020 he is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Arts Faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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