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Dr Annaliese Micallef Grimaud

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science


Annaliese is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Computer Science at Durham University. Her research interests include digital skills for music research, music and emotions, and interactive systems, with a particular focus on the creation and use of interactive paradigms to assess how emotions are communicated in music.

Annaliese received her BA (Hons) in Music from the University of Malta (2014), 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 (2015). She completed her PhD in Music Psychology at Durham University (2023) where she examined how altering structural and expressive cues of music affects the perceived emotion communicated through the music. To do so, she created a computer called EmoteControlwhich allows users to change features of an instrumental musical piece as it plays in real-time. She also composed and validated a set of musical pieces, to be used as stimuli in music psychology studies.

Throughout her career, Annaliese has composed music for short films, dance, and live performances. She has worked in the Media Industry in Malta for over 10 years, being involved in local leading TV programmes and international events. Annaliese is also an avid piano player, and she has taught piano and music theory to students of all ages, as well as Music Psychology and Music and Science to Undergraduate students, during her time as a GTA at Durham University.

Research interests

  • Digital skills for music research
  • Interactive production approaches
  • Music and emotions


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