Univ.-Prof. Dr. Federico Celestini

Head of the Department

  +43 512 507 33011

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
  • 2013-2017 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 subproject "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



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