Dr Alexander Gagatsis

Lecturer in Jazz Studies

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I was born in Chambéry, France and raised between Thessaloniki (Greece) and Nicosia (Cyprus), growing up in a multicultural environment. I benefited from early musical studies on the piano and subsequently studied drums with Brian Abrahams and mallet percussion with Daniela Ganeva. I hold masters degrees from the Trinity College of Music, King’s College London and an Artist Diploma from the State University of New York where I was fortunate to study with Hal Galper, Jon Faddis and John Abercrombie. I have been generously supported by the Nicolas Economou Foundation, State University of New York and Trinity College of Music. Aside from maintaining a busy performing and teaching schedule, I have carried out community work in London, first with the Grand Union Orchestra (2007-2009) and later for ReachOut, a mentoring charity. 

Although I am musician at heart, I completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham where I was awarded the Vice-chancellor's Award for Research Excellence and the Leventis Foundation doctoral scholarship. My PhD focused on the life and work of vibraphonist Milt Jackson. In 2019 I was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to research spatial navigation in improvising musicians, as well as a Berger-Berger-Carter research fellowship for my work on the Modern Jazz Quartet. After working as a teaching affiliate at the University of Nottingham, in 2018 I was appointed as a lecturer in music at the University of Manchester where I teach jazz historiography, improvisation, theory and analysis, and on topics in Balkan and popular music(s), as well as serve as the Director of Performance. 

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Associate Fellow - Higher Education Academy (2016)

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2018 - Doctor of Philosophy University of Nottingham
  • 2013 - Master of Music King's College London (University of London)
  • 2009 - Master of Music Trinity College of Music

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