Dr Thomas Irvine is an Associate Professor in Music at the University of Southampton and the Director of Programmes in Music for the academic year 2019-2020.
After studying viola at conservatoire (at the Shepherd School of Rice University and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music) he moved to Germany and played professionally, mostly in Early Music ensembles but also in symphony orchestras. He also taught for a year at the Frankfurt International School and worked as a manager for a large Early Music organisation.
In 1999 he found his way to musicology and back to the US, studying performance practice and musicology at Cornell University, where he took his PhD in 2005. In 2002 he crossed the Atlantic again as a DAAD scholar at the University of Würzburg Institute of Musicology, where he stayed on as a postdoctoral fellow in 2005/06. He has lived and worked in Southampton since 2006.
He is a Non-Executive Director of the Southampton Web Science Institute and currently serves as an external examiner at the Royal Academy of Music. He co-chairs the American Musicological Society study group ‘Global East Asia.’ Outside of his teaching and research he is trying to learn Chinese and follow Southampton FC. Both can be challenging! He also sings a little.