Professor of Music at Monash University, Australia
Regional expertise: Southeast Asia
Special area of interest/research: ethnomusicology
Margaret Kartomi is Professor of Music at Monash University, Australia. She was a Director-at-Large of the International Musicological Society from 1993-2003. Kartomi was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1982 and was made a Corresponding Member of the American Musicological Society in 2004. She is the world expert on the traditional music of Sumatra, Indonesia, and a leader in the discipline of Ethnomusicology. Her research is wide ranging. She has published on the traditional musics of Indonesia, China, Malaysia and Aboriginal Australia. Most recently, Professor Kartomi has continued her lifelong research on the traditional music of Sumatra. She has undertaken many field trips to study, for the first time, the musical lives of the Acehense, the people of the province of Aceh in Sumatra.
Kartomi, Margaret, Musical Journeys in Sumatra, Champaign, IL, 2011.
Kartomi, Margaret, The Gamelan Digul and the Prison-Camp Musician Who Built It: An Australian Link to the Indonesian Revolution, Rochester, NY 2002.
Kartomi, Margaret, On Concepts and Classifications of Musical Instruments, Chicago 1990.