Kofi Agawu

Lecturer Agawu, a native of Ghana earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Reading University in the United Kingdom in 1977, a master’s degree in musical analysis from King’s College London in 1978, and a Ph.D. in historical musicology from Stanford University in 1982. He is also certified by the Royal Academy of Music in the teaching of singing and by the Royal College of Music in musicianship and theory. Kofi Agawu is currently Professor of Music at Princeton University and Adjunct Professor at the University of Ghana, Legon. He has been a visiting professor at a number of institutions including Harvard and Indiana universities and the University of Hong Kong. His work has focused on analytical issues in selected repertoires of Western Europe and West Africa. His books include Playing with Signs: A Semiotic Interpretation of Classic Music (1991), an analysis of the use of signs and symbols in the works of 18th- and 19th-century European composers – including Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven which won the Society for Music Theory’s Young Scholar Award in 1994, African Rhythm: A Northern Ewe Perspective (1995), Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions (2003) and Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music (2008). A Guggenheim Fellow in 1990-91, he received the Dent Medal from the Royal Musical Association, UK in 1992 and is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.Agawu has also written extensively on Mahler, and on Chopin, Schubert, and Stravinsky. He also has published critical essays on general topics of music theory, analysis and interpretation. http://www.princeton.edu/arts/arts_at_princeton/music/professor_bios/agawu/