Manuel Pedro Ferreira was born in 1959. He received his PhD in Musicology from Princeton University (1997), and since 2001 is Associate Professor at Lisbon’s Universidade Nova (FCSH). He chairs, since 2005, CESEM (Centre for Research on Sociology and Aesthetics of Music). His teaching and researching interests focused on medieval and Renaissance music. Manuel Pedro Ferreira published over one hundred papers and directed several research projects. He authored and edited eighteen books, such as the facsimile of Cancioneiro Elvas (Lisbon, 1989), the manuscript 714 of the Municipal Library of Porto (Porto, 2001), O Som de Martin Codax (Lisbon, 1986), which was awarded by Conselho Português da Música, Cantus coronatus — Sete cantigas d'amor d’El-Rei Dom Dinis (Kassel, 2005), Dez compositores portugueses. Percursos da escrita musical no século XX (Lisbon, 2007), Antologia de Música em Portugal na Idade Média e no Renascimento, 2 vols. (Lisbon, 2008), Medieval Sacred Chant: from Japan to Portugal (Lisbon, 2008), A Sé de Braga. Arte, Liturgia e Música, do final do século XI à época tridentina (Lisbon, 2009), Aspectos da Música Medieval no Ocidente Peninsular, 2 vols. (Lisbon, 2009-2010), Revisiting the Music of Medieval France: from Gallican chant to Dufay (Farnham-Burlington, 2012), Harmonias do Céu e da Terra: A música nos manuscritos de Guimarães (séculos XII-XVII) (Lisbon-Guimarães, 2012) e Musical exchanges, 1100-1650: Iberian connections (Kassel, in press).
He has also been active as a composer, music critic and director of the ensemble Vozes Alfonsinas, which, since 1995, has recorded 6 CDs and has performed in Portugal, Italy, Holland and the US.
Manuel Pedro Ferreira is a member of the European Academy (since 2010) and in 2012 was elected to the Directive Board of the International Musicological Society.