Trained in Gregorian Chant and Liturgical Music at the Escolanía de la Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos, in the Superior Conservatory of Madrid (Flute, Choral Conducting, and Musicology), and at the Abbey of Solesmes (France).


  • 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. Mass "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 Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts (dir. Michael Noone) & Schola Antiqua (dir. Juan Carlos Asensio). Archive Production 2011.


  • Spanish and European music in the medieval and Renaissance periods.

  • Evolution of musical notation in different eras.

  • Music theory in the Middle Ages, its historiography, and its social and cultural context.

  • Monophony and Early Polyphony. Interrelations between Spain and Europe during this period.

  • Gregorian chant in the interpretative context of early Renaissance polyphony.

  • Liturgical codicology.

  • Primitive fauxbourdon and its improvisation.

Research projects:

  • FABRICA Project (Fauxbourdon, Improvisations, and Counterpoint alla mente). UAB, ESMuC, Univ. of Toulouse (2009-2011)

  • CILanguage. Visigothic Manuscripts with Musical Notation. International Center of the Spanish Language. 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: database of cadential formulas in Western psalmody". Code: EHU Project 13/27

Main Research Lines in the Supervision of Final Projects and Master's Theses

  • Reconstruction of medieval sound contexts based on sources.

  • Aspects of notation and paleography in different repertoires.

  • Relationships between music and liturgy.

  • Codicological aspects of medieval and Renaissance sources.

  • Translation and contextualization of medieval theory.

  • Alternatium praxis in their various possibilities.

  • Direct interpretation based on the original sources.




  • La notación musical. Madrid, Ed. Alianza Música (in press)

  • El Canto Gregoriano. Historia, liturgia, formas... Madrid, Alianza Música, 2003 (reed. 2011)

  • 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

Book 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. Texts: Maria Incoronata Colantuono. Interviews: Maria Incoronata Colantuono and Antoni Rosell. Book coordination: 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.

  • "The vissitudes of a printed fragment of polyphony".Pure Gold. Golden Age Sacred Music in the Iberian World. A Homage to Bruno Turner.. Ed. Reichenberger, Kassel, 2011, pp. 93-112.



Collaborator of the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) and the Atelier de Paléographie Musicale of the Abbey of Solesmes.

Since 1996 he has been director of Schola Antiqua and, since 2001, member of the Consiglio Direttivo of the Associazione Internazionale Studi di Cant Gregorià, associated researcher of CILENGUA and editor of the magazine Gregorian Studies .

Since 2014, he has been the writer, presenter, and director of the Radio Clásica programme "Sicut Luna Perfecta", dedicated to Gregorian Chant.


Up until the 2009 academic year, he was a professor of Musicology at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca.

Since 2003, he has been a professor of History of Medieval Music, Notation, Codicology, and Latin Liturgical Chants at ESMUC.

Since 2014, he has been a professor of Gregorian Chant and Research Methodology at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, a professor of DAS in Gregorian Chant at the Università della Svizzera Italiana, and at the Międzyuczelniany Instytut Muzyki Kościelnej at the Uniwersytet Papieski Jana Pawła II in Krakow.