Erica Buurman

Erica BuurmanErica Buurman
Music History, Beethoven Center


Erica Buurman is Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies and Associate Professor in the School of Music and Dance. She joined SJSU in the spring of 2019, having previously held a faculty position at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK (2013–2019). She completed her doctorate at the University of Manchester, UK, in 2013, with a dissertation on Beethoven's compositional approach to the overarching forms of his instrumental works, focusing particularly on preliminary outline plans in the composer's sketchbooks.

Erica's research interests center on Beethoven and include sketch study, Viennese musical culture, and social dance. She held a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in 2017–2018 with a project on social dancing in Beethoven's Vienna, which resulted in a monograph (currently in press). Other recent publications include chapters in The Cambridge Companion to the Eroica Symphony (Cambridge, 2020) and The New Beethoven (University of Rochester Press, 2020). She has contributed to radio broadcasts about Beethoven on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, including several episodes of the 125-part series Beethoven Unleashed, which was broadcast on BBC radio throughout 2020. Erica is editor of The Beethoven Journal and The Beethoven Newsletter.