Research Associate in Music
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, DCML

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Piano faculty
European Univ. Cyprus

Dr. Yannis Rammos is a researcher in music theory at the EPFL Digital & Cognitive Musicology Lab, and member of the piano faculty at European University Cyprus. An internationally active piano pedagogue trained in Russia, in 2022–3 he delivered masterclasses at the Verbier Festival Academy, the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität für Musik, the Estonian Academy for Music & Theater, and Conservatorium van Amsterdam, among other venues. His research is motivated by aesthetic and technical aspects of classical performance artistry, currently focusing on the creative fissure between tonal structure and mimetic expression, problems of “authenticity” and “originality,” topics in piano timbre semantics, the use and disuse of music-analytical metaphors in (historical) performance treatises, and Russian musicological discourses of “tone of voice” (intonatsiya). In most cases it engages traditions of linearity, including but not limited to Schenker’s, from various structuralist and post-structuralist perspectives. Formerly based at the Sibelius Academy, he completed his doctoral studies in piano and music theory at the CUNY Graduate Center and New York University, graduating from the latter with a Ph.D. in classical piano performance. Recent publications have appeared in Music & Letters, Quodlibet, and Music Theory & Analysis. At EPFL he works in the Laboratory’s overarching corpus initiative, presently exploring corpus-based historiographies of Western tonal music and developing a graph-theoretical model of hidden (“middleground”) repetition in tonal music.