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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Cassandre Balosso-Bardin

Cassandre Balosso-bardin is a Lecturer in Music at the College of Arts.  She specialises in Ethnomusicology, more specifically Mediterranean Music and bagpipes, both of which are informed through fieldwork based research and performance. She completed her PhD in ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London in 2015, focusing on the anthropology of the Mallorca bagpipes (the xeremies). She is the founder and director of the International Bagpipe Organisation since 2012.  Postdoctoral work led her to work with the Geste-Acoustique-Musique programme (Sorbonne-Universités). With an interdisciplinary team of acousticians, musicians and engineers, she focussed on researching wind instruments and the relationship between the musician and the manufacturing process. Cassandre is also a prolific performer. After many years of performing early music including with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, she then dedicated herself to the World Music scene, performing with bands from different cultural traditions including Italy, the UK, France, Sweden, Anatolia and more recently North-West Africa. She has performed at many international festivals and venues including the Proms, Womad, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Sage, Musicport,  Aan Korb BBC festival, Bloomsbury festival, Urkult, Korro Festival and Stockholm Folk Festival.

Department Responsibilities

Cassandre currently lectures leads three modules (Critical Approaches to Music Performance, Performance and Professional Practice) and lectures on the History of Popular Music and Cultural Industries Module. She is also Year 3 Tutor.

Subject Specialism

Ethnomusicology, Mediterranean Music, Music revivals, Interdisciplinary instrument research, Bagpipes


  • PhD (ethnomusicology) — SOAS, University of London, 2016
  • BA (anthropology) — Université Paris Ouest, 2009
  • MA (ethnomusicology) — Université Sorbonne Paris 4, 2009
  • MA (English linguistics) — Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, 2008
  • BA (musicology) — Université Sorbonne Paris 4, 2007
  • Diplome d’Etudes Musicales — Conservatoire de la Vallée de Chevreuse, 2006


  • High Commendation for Hidden Gems event (team) — Public Engagement for All with Research at Lincoln,
  • Best Student Paper — British Forum for Ethnomusicology (UK),
  • International Travel Fund Award — Society for Ethnomusicology (USA),
  • Santander Mobility Award — Santander,
  • Fieldwork Grant — Société Française d’Ethnomusicologie (France),


Director of the International Bagpipe Organisation (

Research Interests

  • bagpipes

  • ethnomusicology

  • Interdisciplinary Research

  • Mediterranean Music

  • music revivals

  • music sustainability

  • Musician/instrument interaction

  • tourism and music

  • wind instruments

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Erasmus Grant - Visiting lecturer at University of Malta — awarded £960 by University of Lincoln in 2018
  • Travel Grant to attend Symposium - Music in culturally diverse societies: strategies, social engagement and significance — awarded £2000 by Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney in 2018
  • Research Mobility Grant — awarded £389 by University of Lincoln in 2017
  • Research Mobility Grant — awarded £652 by University of Lincoln in 2017
  • Geste-Acoustique-Musique — awarded £1000000 by Sorbonne-Universités (IRéMus) in 2016

Research in the Lincoln Repository

PhD Supervisor

Xiao Dan - 24 Festival Drums

Professional Affiliations

  • Galpin Society — member
  • British Forum for Ethnomusicology — member
  • International Council for Traditional Music — member
  • International Bagpipe Organisation — director
  • Society for Ethnomusicology — member


External Examiner - Bath Spa University - MA Performance and MA Intercultural Music Studies