Southeastern and East Central Europe

Begun in 2013, the Southeastern and East Central Europe update project is our largest online project to date, updating and expanding the coverage of south-east and east central European subjects in Grove Music Online. Along with an overview article on South East Europe, countries included are:

SEC MapClick on the map above to explore a selection of articles on music of this region.



To discover new and revised entries commissioned through this project click here.


Editor in Chief

Jim Samson

Grove is proud to partner with Jim Samson, Emeritus Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Grove contributor, who is acting as Editor in Chief of the project. Dr. Samson has published widely on the music of Chopin and is one of three Series Editors of The Complete Chopin: A New Critical Edition (Peters Edition, in progress). His edition of the Ballades was named ‘Edition of the Year’ in the 2009 International Piano Awards. In 1989 he was awarded the Order of Merit from the Polish Ministry of Culture for his contribution to Chopin scholarship, in 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, and in 2018 he was awarded the Irish Research Council – Harrison Medal for musicology. His publications include The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Music (Cambridge, 2002), Virtuosity and the Musical Work: The Transcendental Studies of Liszt (Cambridge, 2003), which was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Book Prize in 2004, Music in the Balkans (Brill, 2013) and a co-edited volume Music in Cyprus (Routledge, 2015). He is currently preparing a monograph provisionally entitled Black Sea Sketches: Music, Place and People. In 2019-21 he is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Area Editors

Czech Republic & Slovakia

Geoffrey Chew

Geoffrey Chew is Emeritus Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published in a variety of fields in historical musicology and music theory, including the music of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, since the 17th century, and he has received a Leoš Janáček Memorial Medal from the Leoš Janáček Foundation for his contributions to Czech music and culture. He is also the translator of And My Head Exploded: Tales of Desire, Delirium and Decadence from Fin-de-Siècle Prague (London, 2018) and K.H. Mácha, Gypsies (London, 2019).



Lóránt Péteri

Lóránt Péteri is a university professor and head of the Musicology Department at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest. He received his PhD from the University of Bristol in 2008, and was awarded Habilitation by the Liszt Academy of Music in 2015. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Gustav Mahler Research Centre (Toblach, Italy), and of the Musicological Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is author of two books, numerous chapters and articles as well as co-editor of two volumes. His areas of research include the music culture of Hungary under state socialism, and the music of Gustav Mahler.



Area Advisors

Albania: Mikaela Minga, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Arts Studies, Tirana and Ardian Ahmedaja, University of the Arts, Vienna

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Amila Ramović, University of Sarajevo

Bulgaria: Milena Bojikova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Croatia: Vilena Vrbanić, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Greece: the late Katy Romanou, aided by Sofia Kontossi and Kostas Kardamis

Macedonia: Dmitrije Buzarovski, Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje

Montenegro: Melita Milin, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Romania: Valentina Sandu-Dediu, University of Music, Bucharest

Serbia: Melita Milin, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Slovenia: Jernej Weiss, University of Ljubljana