Univ.-Prof. Dr. Federico Celestini


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Consultation: Tuesday, 13.00 to 14.00
(upon preregistration at the secretary´s office)

Curriculum Vitae

  • Born in 1964 in Rome, Italy
  • Study of violin, Terni Conservatorium, Italy
  • Study of Musicology, Literature and Aesthetics at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, Italy
  • 1998 PhD and 2004 Habilitation in Musicology at the Karl Franzens University of Graz, Austria
  • 1999–2005 coordinating member of the Musicology Research Team in the “Spezialforschungsbereich” Project Moderne – Wien und Zentraleuropa um 1900 at the Karl Franzens University Graz
  • 2008–2011 Senior Researcher with additional teaching responsibilities (Dozent), University for Music and Performing Arts Graz, Institute of Music Aesthetics (Wertungsforschung)
  • Since October 2011 Full Professor at the Department of Music, University of Innsbruck, Austria. Head of the Department (since 2013)
  • 2010–12 leader of the project Giacinto Scelsi and Austria, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • Since 2011 Co-Editor of Acta Musicologica
  • Since 2013 Vice-president of the Austrian Society for Musicology
  • Since 2014 Member of the Board of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • Since 2017 President of the Austrian Society for Musicology
  • Since 2018 Leader of the partial project "Performativity" inside the D-A-CH Project Writing Music. Iconic, performative, operative, and material aspects in musical notation(s)
  • Since 2018 Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Reviewer for American, European and Asian Journals and Research Institutions
  • Fellowships and Visiting Professorships at the University of Oxford (British Academy, 2002), at the Riemenschneider Bach Institute (2004), at the Freie Universität Berlin (Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, 2005–2007), at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (2006), at the Karl Franzens University Graz (2008) and at the University of Chicago (Mellon Foundation, 2010).

Main Areas of Research

  • Music History of 17th-21st centuries
  • Aesthetics of Music, especially: Classical Antiquity; German Idealism; Nietzsche; Critical Theory; Post-structuralism; Theory of Sound
  • Theory of Performativity
  • Intermediality
  • Cultural Theory of Music, especially Collective Identities, Cultural Transfer
  • Medieval Music, especially Liturgical Polyphony