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Sean Gallagher is a musicologist and pianist focused on the musical cultures of late medieval and renaissance Italy, France, and the Low Countries, with particular emphasis on the "long" fifteenth century (ca. 1380–1520). Active as a pianist, he also regularly presents lecture/recitals on a variety of topics ranging from J.S. Bach to Ravel.

He is the recipient of a Ryskamp Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Phi Beta Kappa Prize at Harvard for excellence in teaching. He has worked closely with leading vocal ensembles, including The Clerks (dir. Edward Wickham), for whose recording Johannes Regis: Opera omnia he served as musicological adviser. With the ensemble Blue Heron (dir. Scott Metcalfe) he is currently artistic adviser for their multi-year project Ockeghem@600, focusing on the complete works of Johannes Ockeghem (ca. 1420–97). He serves on the editorial boards of the series Ars nova: nuova collana (published by Libreria Musicale Italiana) and I Codici di Trento (published by Istituto Italiano per la Storia della Musica).

B.M., M.M. in piano, Peabody Conservatory (student of Leon Fleisher); Ph.D. in musicology, Harvard University. Former faculty of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvard University, and Boston University. Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti in Florence, 2007.