Athens Concert Hall, 4-6 November 2003
Born in 1946 in Switzerland. He studied oboe (teaching diploma in 1967) and piano (teaching and performance diplomas in 1968 and 1971), as well as musicology, philosophy, and German philology at the University of Zürich. His dissertation Musikalische Prosa was presented at the same University in 1973. After teaching piano at the Musikhochschule in Zürich (1970-1973), he conducted postgraduate research with Dahlhaus at the Technische Universität in Berlin, while working there as an assistant. He also serviced at the National Institute for Music Research (1974-1975), at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Berlin (1975-1979), and at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin (1980-1982), whereas he spent a year (1979-1980) at Cornell University as a Fellow.His Habilitation at the Technische Universität in Berlin in 1982 (Die Musik des 20. Jahrhundert) was published in 1984 as the seventh volume of the series Neues Handbuch der Musikwissenschaft. Between 1982-1988 he was made professor of musicology at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, during the years 1988-1993 was appointed professor at Freiburg University, while in 1991 he was guest professor at Stanford University (California). Since 1993 he is professor of the music history department of the Humboldt University in Berlin. He is also research co-ordinator of the Paul Sacher-Stiftung in Basel, council member of the Ernst von Siemens-Stiftung, ordinary member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, and he has been editor of several series, such as the Neues Handbuch der Musikwissenschaft (1989-1995) and the Meisterwerke der Musik (since 1993), and also of the journal Musiktheorie (1986-1996).His research fields include Music History from the 18th to the 20th century, Music Interpretation, Music Aesthetics, as well as Music Theory and Analysis. Among his monographs there are the titles Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (1986) and Gustav Mahler und seine Zeit (1991), while he has published decades of articles in journals and collective volumes.