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Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Holger Noltze

Institute of Music and Musicology of the Technical University of Dortmund

(Picture © Bennet Seiger, takt1)

Holger Noltze is music journalist and Professor of Music and the Media at TU Dortmund University (since 2005), where he set up the degree course in music journalism. He studied German, Hispanic Studies and History in Bochum and Madrid and received his doctorate on Wolfram's "Parzival". From 2000 to 2005, Holger Noltze was head of the "contemporary culture" department at the radio station Deutschlandfunk. From 2001 to 2015, he hosted the discussion round "west.art Talk" on WDR television. Between 2013 and 2017 he was spokesman for the "Council for Cultural Education". As a music journalist and literary critic Holger Noltze writes for "Opernwelt" and Die ZEIT, among others.

Noltze has published books on Goethe (2007) and Wagner (2008) as well as the culture-historical study "Liebestod. Wagner, Verdi, Wir" (2013). He has also published the volumes "Die Leichtigkeitslüge. Über Musik, Medien und Komplexität" (2010) and, in cooperation with the pianist Menahem Pressler, "Dieses Verlangen nach Schönheit. Gespräche über Musik" (2016). Holger Noltze is co-founder of the online platform takt1.de for classical music.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Holger Noltze at IAMIC2020


Musical Life in Germany at the Crossroads between Tradition and the Future


Musical life has always been strongly influenced by exchange and international contacts. This helps orchestras, opera houses, performers and researchers to remain versatile and thus fit for the future. Today, however, increased digitalisation results in particularly rapid and significant changes. What does this mean for the music business? Which traditions are proving to be sustainable and what opportunities and risks arise from new technologies?
Holger Noltze, music journalist and professor of music and the media in Dortmund, reflects on these questions in a keynote speech and sets the stage for the topics of the day.


Keynote speaker


Wednesday, 3 June 2020
International Conference (open to the public):
Musical Life at the Crossroads between Tradition and the Future


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