Cristina Fernandes is an integrated researcher at INET-md, Instituto de Etnomusicologia-Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas - Universidade Nova de Lisboa), where she developed a post-doctoral project on the musical practices and the ceremonial of the Royal and Patriarchal Chapel of Lisbon (1716-1834) with a research grant from FCT-Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (2011-2017), and Invited Professor at the Department of Musical Sciences of the same university. Born in Guarda (Portugal), she studied piano at the Conservatório de Música da Covilhã before graduating in Musical Sciences at FCSH-NOVA. She completed a Master Degree in Musicology at the same institution and received her PhD from the University de Évora (Portugal) in 2010. She took part of the research project “Studies of Instrumental Music in Portugal (1755-1834)” (University of Évora) and is a member of the research group “Music in Spain: Composition, Reception and Interpretation” (Universidad de La Rioja, Spain). She also integrates the research team for the project "PERFORMART- Promoting, Patronising and Practising the Arts in Roman Aristocratic Families (1644-1740). The Contribution of Roman Families’ Archives to the History of Performing Arts", directed by Anne-Madeleine Goulet (ERC Consolidator Grant 2015; host institutions: CNRS, École Française de Rome). She participated in conferences and research seminars in Portugal, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria and Brazil and is the author of several books and articles on XVIII century music and culture, among other subjects. She taught at music schools of different levels, including the Fundação Musical dos Amigos das Crianças, the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra (Metropolitana), the Escola das Artes – Univ. Católica Portuguesa (Porto) and FCSH-NOVA. She is a member of the Directive Board of SPIM-Portuguese Society for Music Research and music critic for the newspaper Público.