Deniz Peters is a music philosopher, musicologist and improvising pianist. His main research interests are (1) the ideas and phenomena of musical expression and experience, with an emphasis on the role the body, empathy, gesture, tactility, attention, attitude, hermeneutics, instrumentality and performance situation play in the listening experience; and (2) the concept and potential of artistic research. His epistemological approach combines artistic practice with phenomenology, hermeneutics, and philosophical argument and analysis. He is principal investigator in two multi-year research projects funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, one of them an artistic research (PEEK) project, working in duos and trios with researching musicians such as Simon Rose, Bennett Hogg, Sabine Vogel, Stefan Östersjö, Rachel Austin, and Ellen Waterman.
He has published in scholarly journals such as Performance Research, Contemporary Music Review, and Empirical Musicology Review, and within collected editions by Oxford University Press, Routledge, and Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He has held numerous talks at philosophical and musicological conferences in Europe, the US, and Australia.
At the Artistic Doctoral School, Deniz Peters’s roles include an active contribution to the current discourse on artistic research, mentoring, teaching, and coordination.
Ulf Bästlein studied classical philology as well as German language and literature in Freiburg, Rome, and Vienna (PhD), later studying voice at the University of Music Freiburg. He began his stage career at the Stadttheater Heidelberg, leading him to Augsburg, Hannover, Lübeck, and the Hamburg State Opera. He also became increasingly active as a Lied and oratorio singer. The versatility of his performance career is documented through numerous radio and television appearances, as well as CD recordings of Lied, oratorio, and opera repertoire. Ulf Bästlein has won awards at various singing competitions and is often invited as guest performer at international music festivals. His repertoire spans from Monteverdi to modern works.
In 1999 the bass-baritone was named professor for voice performance at the Lübeck Academy of Music, and in 2000 also at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. Ulf Bästlein regularly gives masterclasses both in Austria and internationally. In 2000 he founded ""Liedkunst im Schloss vor Husum." This Lied festival promotes the development of promising young talent through an annual masterclass and competition, and enriches the cultural life of the Schleswig-Holstein region's west coast through its concerts. In the last few years, Bästlein developed new concert formats, in which literary-musicological podium talks, recitations and Lied presentations inform each other.
Ulf Bästlein's dissertation deals with questions of presentation of technique of the mediaeval and early modern periods. More recently, he is occupied with Lied repertoire from the first half of the 19th century, and questions related to the performance practice and sound narratives of this repertoire. He has published a number of text-critical editions (the Lieder of Anselm Hüttenbrenner) and has an extensive discography of world premieres (Lieder by, among others, Hüttenbrenner, Thalberg, Lachner, Stadler, and Randhartinger). Ulf Bästlein has been responsible for the content development and organizational execution of the first Dr.artium program at a music university in the German-speaking world as director of the artistic doctoral school at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz from 2009 to 2018 of which he is Deputy Director presently.
Katharina Neges studied History, German Philology, and Philosophy at the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt.
While studying she worked as a tutor and teaching assistant. After receiving her Master's Degree in Philosophy
she became a Research and Teaching Assistant for Theoretical Philosophy at the AAU. Her research focused mainly
on Constructivism and the Non-dualizing Mode of Discourse.
As a lecturer, she has held more than 30 courses on a wide range of philosophical topics and their applicability
to other disciplines In addition to classical philosophical courses at the AAU and the University of Vienna, she also
participates as a lecturer in the Master's program in Exhibition Design (FH Joanneum) and teaches Master's Degree in
Nursing Science at MedUni Graz, where she also supervises and examines Master's theses (MSc) since 2015.
In her current position as a Research Assistant at the Artistic Doctoral School of the University of Music and
Performing Arts Graz, she is working on the scientific foundations, the epistemological potentials and the ethical
implications of the ongoing debates in Artistic Research, while completing her PhD.
Marlene Schnepfleitner studied ethnology and culture-anthropology at the University of Graz and has previously
worked in the field of publicity at a network for employment companies.
She is interested in personal expression in the form of paintings and creative design and is currently
training at the Institute of Painting and Creative Therapy. Furthermore, she has been working as a consultant
for teaching positions and youth development at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
Her responsibilities at the Artistic Doctoral School include the administration of the doctoral school
and support and assistance at different events such as the research festival ARTikulationen and the May-residencies.
She is the contact-person for all administrative questions concerning the Artistic Doctoral School.
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University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
With more than 2,000 students in Graz and Oberschützen, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) is an internationally renowned place of education - 17 institutes and 2 doctoral schools offer highly qualified training for artistic and scientific professions. Owing to its geographic situation it knows to combine perfectly Austrian tradition in music and performing arts with the creative potential of Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
Consequently living its leitmotif “Open for the New by Tradition”, and with its focus on contemporary arts and its vital symbiosis between the arts and science, KUG has been able to shape its profile among universities in Europe.
KUG combines the development and unfolding of the arts and research with university education. Compared to other universities worldwide, the scientific aspect in education is well developed and benefits from the vivid practice of music. On the other hand, artists benefit from scientific reflection. A functional and state-of-the-art infrastructure as well as numerous guest lectures, workshops and possibilities to appear in public allow to design studies in the best possible way.
The artistic and scientific activities of some 400 renowned teachers interact directly with teaching and ensure excellent and practice-oriented education this way. Owing to this highly qualified personal attention KUG can look back on a long list of very successful graduates. At KUG, students and teachers are considered partners in a common cognitive process which animates the concept of “education through the arts and science”.
The concept of the artistic doctoral programme of the KUG is based on the recommendations of the Austrian University Board and involves internal public presentations in the form of artistic performances and progress reports, as well as the judgements of external advisers.