Juan Carlos Asensio

His early studies at the choir school of the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos were continued at the Royal Conservatoire in Madrid. He is a contributor to the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales, he has published numerous articles in specialized journals, he has published editions of both the Códice de Madrid and the Las Huelgas codex, and he has published a monograph for Alianza Editorial entitled El Canto Gregoriano.

Asensio continues to collaborate with the Atêlier de Paléographie Musicale at the French Abbey of Solesmes and in Salamanca he served as Professor of Musicology at the Royal Conservatoire. Juan Carlos currently holds dual appointments as Professor of Musicology at both Barcelona’s Escola Superior de Música and Madrid’s Royal Conservatoire, in the Gregorian Chnat DAS at the Università della Svizzera Italiana and at the  Międzyuczelniany Instytut Muzyki Kościelnej in the John Paul the second University At Krakow. He has directed Schola Antiqua since 1996 and since 2001 he has been a member of the Consiglio Direttivo de la Associazione Internazionale Studi di Canto Gregoriano. In addition, he is a research associate with CILengua, a member of the study group Bibliopegia, and editor of the scholarly journal Estudios Gregorianos. From 2014 conducts and presente the radio broadcasting program “Sicut Luna Perfecta” in the Classical Radio, specialisec in Gregorian Chant.

Topic Assignatures

  • Medieval Music History
  • Plain Chant
  • Introduction to the Codicology
  • Notation and Edition I
  • Notation and Edition II



  • Research Methodology in Music Science and its Performance Practice
  • Performance Practice in Early Music
  • Analysis & Notation in Early Music

Research topics

  • Spanish and Europena music in Medieval and Renaissance Era
  • Notation evolution in Middle Ages in different styles and epochs.
  • The Music Theory in Middel Ages, its historiography and social and cultural environement.
  • Monody and Early Polyphony: Their interrelations between Spain and Europe.
  • Chant in the polyphony performance practice context in the earlt Renaissance.
  • Liturgical Codicology
  • Early Fabordón and its improvisation.


Master & PFG researching lines

  • Rebuiding context of medieval sonorities from the sources.
  • Notation and Paleographical aspects in different repertories.
  • Liturgy and Music relations.
  • Codicological aspects oin medieval and renaissance sources.
  • Translation and context in medieval music theory.
  • Alternatim practices in their different possibilities.
  • Performance practice from the original sources.


Last Editions


  • La notación musical. Madrid, Ed. Alianza Música (en prensa)
  • El Canto Gregoriano. Historia, liturgia, formas ... Madrid, Alianza Música, 2003 (3º reed. 2017)
  • El Códice de Las Huelgas. Introducción, estudio codicológico & Transcripción Musical, Fundación Caja de Madrid. Ed. Alpuerto. Madrid, 2001
  • El Códice de Madrid. Biblioteca Nacional, mss. 20486. Polifonías del siglo XIII .. Fundación Caja de Madrid, Ed Alpuerto, Madrid, 1997


Books Chapters

  • “Encuadernaciones musicales para legajos contables”, Simón Ruiz: banquero, mecenas, fundador. Fundación Museo de las Ferias. Medina del Campo. Valladolid, 2016
  • Música i litúrgia medieval a la Biblioteca de Catalunya (s. IX-XIII) 2016. Textos: Maria Incoronata Colantuono. Entrevistes: Maria Incoronata Colantuono i Antoni Rosell. Coordinació de l'obra: Núria Altarriba.
  • "Beato de Liébana, la liturgia hispana y el canto  romano-franco: una lectura musical del Apocalipsis", El Libro de la 50 Semana de Música Religiosa, Cuenca, 2011, p. 32-51
  • "Thevissitudesof a printed fragmento of Polyphony". Pure Gold. Golden Age Sacred Music in the Iberian World.It Homage to Bruno Turner. Ed. Reichenberger, Kassel, 2011, pp. 93-112




Last recordings

  • Joan Pau Pujol. Música para el Corpus. La Grande Chapelle (Dir. Albert Recasens) & Schola Antiqua (Dir. Juan Carlos Asensio). Lauda LAU 007, 2007
  • Antonio Rodríguez de Hita.Missa “O gloriosa virginum”, La Grande Chapelle (Dir. Albert Recasens) & Schola Antiqua (Dir. Juan Carlos Asensio). Lauda LAU 009, 2009
  • Fray Hernando de Talavera. Oficio de la Toma de Granada. Schola Antiqua. Dir. JC Asensio Pneuma 2010
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria. Liturgia de Pascua en el Madrid de los Austrias. Missa Laetatus sum. Ensemble Plus Ultra & His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts (dir. Michael Noone) & Schola Antiqua (dir. Juan Carlos Asensio). Archiv Produktion 2011


Last researching projects

  • Proyecto FABRICA (Fabordón, improvisaciones y Contrapunto alla mente). UAB, ESMuC, Univ. de Toulouse (2009-2011)
  • CILengua. Manuscritos visigóticos con notación musical. Centro Internacional de la Lengua Española. San Millán de la Cogolla (2008-2011)
  • The Anatomy of Late-15th- and Early-16th-Century Iberian Polyphonic Music: An Overall Analysis, Philology and Critical Editing of Surviving Repertories — officially started today. It's already inscribed at FCT-SIG (reference PTDC/CPC-MMU/0314/2014)
  • "SECULORUM: base de datos de fórmulas cadenciales en la salmodia occidental" . Código: Proyecto EHU 13/27