Hermann Danuser studied oboe, piano, musicology, philosophy and German literature in Zurich (1965–1973; Musikalische Prosa, 1975) and subsequently moved to West Berlin, habilitating at the Technical University with Carl Dahlhaus in 1983 (Die Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts, 1984). He went on to teach in Hannover, Freiburg im Breisgau, and, from 1993 to 2014, at the Humboldt University, Berlin. He has published and edited the following, among others: Gustav Mahler und seine Zeit (1991); Musikalische Interpretation (1992); Im Zenit der Moderne (1997); Musikalische Lyrik (2004). After the publication of Weltanschauungsmusik (2009) and Gesammelte Vorträge und Aufsätze (four vols., 2014, edited by Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen, Christian Schaper und Laure Spaltenstein), Edition Argus is now set to publish Metamusik.
For many years, Danuser has overseen research at the Paul Sacher Foundation, Basel, and is also a member of the Kuratorium of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. His main interests lie in modern music history and historiography, aesthetics, theory, analysis and interpretation/performance (Interpretationsforschung). To mark his 65th birthday in 2011, a Festschrift edited by Camilla Bork et al. was published: Ereignis und Exegese. Musikalische Interpretation – Interpretation der Musik.
Nicolae Gheorghiță is Professor of Byzantine Musical Palaeography, Musical Stylistics and Theories of Byzantine Chant Performance at the National University of Music Bucharest (UNMB), as well as a conductor and performer with the Psalmodia Choir of Byzantine music. He is a graduate of the same institution, and has taken higher studies in Greece (Athens and Thessaloniki), and he has been the recipient of research grants from the universities of Cambridge, Saint Petersburg, and Venice. Gheorghiță has also completed two post-doctoral programmes, at the New Europe College and the Musical Institute for Advanced Doctoral Studies, Bucharest. His writings include over fifty articles and 11 books, and edited volumes. Gheorghiță has been a member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists since 2001, and has twice won the prestigious institution’s prize, in 2010 (Byzantine Music between Constantinople and the Danubian Principalities. Studies in Byzantine Musicology) and 2015 (Musical Crossroads. Church Chants and Brass Bands at the Gates of the Orient), and the Music Prize of the Romanian Academy of Sciences in the same year 2015, for the same book, Musical Crossroads. Nicolae Gheorghiță is also the editor of the Musica Sacra section within the Musicology Today international periodical of the UNMB
Costin Moisil is an associate professor at the National University of Music Bucharest where he teaches ethnomusicology and academic writing. He is also a researcher at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest and an editor for the Ethnophonie CD series of traditional musics. His research focuses on Byzantine church music and oral musics in Romania. His last book is Construcția unei identități românești în muzica bisericească [Constructing a Romanian Identity in Church Music], 2018.
Since 2015 Moisil is an executive editor of Musicology Today: Journal of the National University of Music Bucharest. He was an Odobleja fellow of the New Europe College, Bucharest (2012-13). In 2016 he was awarded the Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists for historiography.
Anna G. Piotrowska’s main research interests are the sociological and cultural aspects of musical life. She is a prolific author, having published several books, in both English, including Gypsy Music in European Culture (2013) and Polish, and numerous articles, in Polish, English, German, Slovak, and Georgian. She has been the recipient of a number of internationally renowned fellowships and awards, including Fulbright Fellow at Boston University, International Fellow at the New Europe College, the Moritz Csáky Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Mellon Fellowship at Edinburgh University. Anna G. Piotrowska has taken an active part in numerous international conferences and workshops. Currently, she takes part in the Towards a Global History of Music Balzan Musicology Project, directed by Reinhard Strohm. Piotrowska is professionally associated with the Institute of Musicology of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.
Florinela Popa is associate professor at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she graduated music education and musicology, with Valentina Sandu-Dediu. She has taken part in international projects including Musica migrans – Lebenslinien mittel- und osteuropäischer Musiker, headed by Helmut Loos, University of Leipzig (2007-08) and EthnoArc (2008). She has been a postdoctoral research fellow at New Europe College (2011-2012) and at MIDAS (Musical Institute for Doctoral Advanced Studies), National University of Music Bucharest (2012-13). She is the author of Mihail Jora: A European Modern (Bucharest, 2009) and Sergei Prokofiev (Bucharest, 2012); and co-author of the ten volumes in the series Documents in the Archive of the George Enescu National Museum: Articles on George Enescu in Periodicals (Bucharest, 2009-2017). In 2012, she was awarded the Union of the Romanian Composers and Musicology Prize for Historiography.
Valentina Sandu-Dediu studied musicology at the National University of Music, Bucharest, graduating in 1990. She has taught musicology and stylistics at the university since 1993. She has written over 30 studies, 300 articles, and 10 books, including Rumänische Musik nach 1944 (2006); Alegeri, atitudini, afecte: Despre stil și retorică în muzică [Choices, Attitudes, Affects: Style and Rhetoric in Music] (2010); and În căutarea consonanțelor [Searching for Consonances] (2017). She has authored series of programmes for Radio Romania, and plays the piano in chamber music recitals (CDs released in Romania with Aurelian Octav Popa, in Germany (Neos) with Dan Dediu, and in Boston (Albany) with Ray Jackendoff).
Valentina Sandu-Dediu has been a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and has been rector of New Europe College, Bucharest, since 2014. She is the recipient of the Peregrinus-Stiftung Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Akademie der Wissenschaften (2008). In 2010, she founded Musicology Today, the journal of the National University of Music Bucharest.
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