In 2001 he habilitated at the University of Vienna in musicology with the writing Composer Comments. Contributions to a History of Self-interpretation. He has been working at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg since 1989, first at the Institute for Musical Hermeneutics, after his habilitation (2001) as a university lecturer in musicology. In 2006, together with Joachim Brügge and Thomas Hochradner, he founded the Institute for Musical Reception and Interpretation Research at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, from October 2010 to September 2014 he was Vice Rector for Development and Research there.
From 2011 to 2014 he was involved in the management of the inter-university doctoral program "Art and Public Spheres", from 2015 to 2018 he worked in the management of the 3-year inter-university doctoral program "The Arts and their Public Impact. Concepts - Transfer - Resonance". In 2015 he founded the inter-university research initiative "Music and Migration" together with Nils Grosch.