Edwin Seroussi is the Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology and Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre of Hebrew University. Born in 1952 in Montevideo, Uruguay, he immigrated to Israel in 1971 where he took undergraduate and graduate degrees in Musicology at the Hebrew University and studied composition with Andre Hajdu. In 1987 he received his Ph.D. from UCLA. He held lectureships at the Department of Musicology of Tel-Aviv University and Levinsky Teachers' College in Tel-Aviv, before his full time appointment at Bar-Ilan University in 1990, where he was head of the Department of Music from 1994 to 1998 before transferring to the Hebrew University in 2000. He is also an adjunct professor at the Cantor's Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in Jerusalem and New York and has been a visiting professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton, UCLA and Wesleyan University.
Professor Seroussi was President of the Israel Committee of the International Music Council (UNESCO) and the Israel Musicological Society, member of the board of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, of Renanot - Institute of Jewish Music and of the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra. He served as advisor to several institutions and projects such as the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, the Israel Music Project and the Center for the Encouragement of Folklore and Cultural Exchange in Israel and was member of the Public Board of the Israel Broadcasting Authority between 1995 and 1999. He has published extensively on Jewish music with emphasis on North African and Eastern Mediterranean traditions as well as on Israeli popular music.