Dorottya Fabian

Professor Dorottya Fabian

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2010
  • Section(s): Arts


Dorottya Fabian was educated at the prestigious Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary (1979-83) and obtained further higher degrees at the University of New South Wales, having arrived in Australia as a political refugee in 1986.
Following employment as casual tutor/lecturer in musicology and musicianship, and also as part-time research assistant, she obtained her first full-time lecturing contract in 1994.
The publication of her book on twentieth-century Bach performance practice in 2003 led to invitations to guest lecture at international tertiary music institutions, to serve on advisory boards, international collaborations, and success in obtaining ARC funding (Discovery projects 2004-08 and 2007-10).
She has served as National Secretary of the Musicological Society of Australia and as Convenor and Secretary of its Sydney Chapter. She has been Associate Editor of Australia’s pre-eminent academic music journal, Musicology Australia, since 2006.
She has an international reputation as a leader in the field of music performance research, especially of stylistic changes evidenced on sound recording. In 2003 she was recipient of the 10th Anniversary Award of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music for her discovery of an auditory illusion in rhythm perception. She has held a visiting fellowships and professorships at Cambridge University and the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.

Acknowledgement of Country

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