A graduate in Electronic Engineering at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Patrizio Barbieri worked and taught in the field, including in the United States. Later he devoted himself to historical matters pertaining to acoustics, organology, temperament, harmonic theories, and music printing. He has published two books, and more than one hundred articles, many of which have appeared in leading international magazines. He was awarded the 2008 Frances Densmore Prize, by the American Musical Instrument Society, for the best article in English on musical instruments published in the two-year period 2006-07.
Up to 2009 he taught musical acoustics (first chair on the subject established in Italy), applied acoustics, history of musical theories (University of Lecce), and history of musical instruments (Gregorian University of Rome). In 2009-10 he held the course in Organ acoustics and historical tunings for the European Master Class of Art – Organ Expert at Rome’s ‘Tor Vergata’ University. He also lectured at the Laboratorio di acustica musicale e architettonica of the Fondazione Scuola di San Giorgio – CNR in Venice. He is a member of the advisory board of Recercare.