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Durham University



Ms Annaliese Micallef Grimaud

Member of the Department of Music

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Annaliese is a doctoral student in the Music Department whose academic interests include music and emotions, music composition, and more specifically, emotional manipulation through music. Her PhD thesis examines how altering the structure and expressive cues of music affects the perceived emotional expression. As a composer by profession, she is also interested in the creation of new musical stimuli for the purpose of research, to eliminate familiarity bias and ecological validity concerns in music psychology studies. 

Annaliese received her BA (Hons) in Music from the University of Malta, where she specialised in music composition, and was rewarded her MMus in Creative Sound and Media Technology from Bath Spa University (UK), where she focussed her studies on electronic music and visual music. Annaliese was selected for a New Media and Communications course at the Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA) summer school which she attended and successfully completed at the Communication University of China, in Beijing. Throughout her career, Annaliese has composed music for short films, dance, and live performances. She has worked in the Media Industry in Malta for 7 years, being involved in local leading TV programmes, and international events. Annaliese is also an avid piano player, and holds an ATCL diploma in Piano Performance. Outside of her academic interests, Annaliese is passionate about coffee, sound design, books, and travelling.

Research Interests

  • Emotion manipulation through music
  • Music and emotions
  • Music composition
  • The affect of music structure and expressive cues on perceived emotion