Ennio Stipčević was born in Zagreb (1959) and it was there that he went to the elementary school, high school (Classical Gymnasium) and Music High School. He received his degree at the Academy of Music in Zagreb in 1983, majoring in musicology, and he earned his Master's degree in 1986. At the University of Zagreb he received PhD in 1993.
Since 1984 he is employed at the Institute for the History of Croatian Music, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, since 2010 scientific adviser (at 2016 scientific adviser in permanently status).. Since 1994 he holds the position of the honorary lecturer at the Academy of Music (since 2013 associate full professor). He was lecturer at the Studia Croatica (1997-2005) and at the Postgraduate Medieval Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (2007-2009). He was an editor of scholastic books on music in Školska knjiga (2002-2004).
He spent a three-month study period in Venice and Rome in 1987, while in1992 he had a two-month sabbatical in Graz and Vienna, both thanks to a scholarship given by the Croatian Ministry of Science. Due to a scholarship by the Italian Ministry of Science he was on a four-month sabbatical in Florence and Rome during the spring 1994, and thanks to a scholarship by Centre Regional des Ouvres Universitaires et Scolaries he spent a three-month sabbatical in Paris in 1995. The ac. year 1996/97 he was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Yale University, in New Haven (USA).
He was leading the following scientific projects, supported by the Croatian Ministery of Science: Croatian-Italian musical contacts (1992-1996), Eight centuries of Croatian church music (1997-2004), Monuments of older Croatian music (2005-2007) and Monuments of Croatian music heritage (2008-2011). Since 2006 he collaborates with the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (Tours) on the scientific project Renaissance Music in Croatia (ricercar.cesr.univ-tours.fr/3-programmes/EMN/Croatie/). He was one of the coordinators of the intrenational project Aux Confins de l’Humanisme Musical – Monde Slave et Culture Méditeranéene (2010-2012), sponsored by the European Culture Programme. The project was hosted by the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (Tours) and was concluded with few concerts and international conference The Boundaries of Musical Humanism: Slavic Regions and Medteranean Culture (Dubrovnik, 26 to 28th March, 2012).
He was the member of the Editorial Board for Opera omnia by Gabrielo Puliti, edited in Monumenta Artis Musicae Sloveniae (2004-2008), and since 2009 he is a member of the International Editorial Board there. Since 2011 he is the Chief editor of Opera omnia by Giacomo Finetti, published by Centro di Studi Antoniani, Padova. Since 2017 he is, together with Ivan Živanović, the Chief editor of the Opera omnia by Tomaso Cecchini (MIC, Zagreb).
His scientific research is mainly focused on renaissance and baroque music in Croatia, and included collaboration with ensembles of early music for which he had prepared a modern editions of old composers (A. Vivaldi, L. Courtoys, I. Lukačić, T. Cecchini, D. Nembri, A. Jurjević, F. and G. Usper etc.).
He published 16 books, 139 articles (59 scholarly + 80 professional works), prepared 20 editions of early music; in addition, he published c.300 smaller articles including essays, encyclopedic entries and reviews. He was an editor of 10 books.
For his scientific work he has received few awards, among them the Croatian Composers Society Award in 2007 (for book Ivan Lukačić) and the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Award in 2008 (for book Francesco Sponga Usper).
In 1994 he was elected an associate member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 1999 he was appointed a fellow at Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Firenze).