Nicole Grimes

Ph.D. Trinity College Dublin

Nicole Grimes is an Irish musicologist based in Southern California, where she is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Irvine. Her research is focused at the intersection between German music criticism, music analysis and music aesthetics from the late-eighteenth century to the present day. She is fascinated by the interdisciplinary relationship between music and philosophy, and music and literature. Her monograph, Brahms's Elegies: The Poetics of Loss in Nineteenth-Century German Culture explores the reciprocal relationship between Brahms's music as it relates to loss and the German intellectual tradition. Her other books include Rethinking Hanslick: Music, Formalism and Expression (co-edited with Siobhán Donovan and Wolfgang Marx, 2013), and Mendelssohn Perspectives (co-edited with Angela R. Mace, 2012). She has published articles and book chapters on Brahms, Schoenberg, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Wolfgang Rihm, Clara Schumann, and on topics in music aesthetics in various peer-review journals including Music Analysis, and Nineteenth-Century Music Review.
Together with J. P. E. Harper-Scott, Nicole Grimes is the Series Editor of the Cambridge Music Handbooks, the flagship series of books relaunched by Cambridge University Press late in 2020. In 2020, Grimes was elected as a Trustee of the Society for Music Analysis in the UK, having been a member of the Editorial Board of their journal Music Analysis since 2015. She is the Vice-President of the American Brahms Society, having served on that society’s Board of Directors since 2016. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Irish Musical Studies, and the Institute of Austrian and German Music Research. Before taking up her post at UCI, she held faculty positions at Royal Holloway, University of London, University College Dublin, and Keele University. From 2011– 2014 she was a Marie Curie Fellow, funded by the European Commission, with joint affiliation at the University of California, Irvine and University College Dublin. Her research has also been funded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, Humboldt University, Berlin, 2007–2008) and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (University College Dublin, 2009–2010). She studied historical musicology at Trinity College Dublin and Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich.

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