Elisabeth Gutjahr | © Elsa Okazaki


Elisabeth Gutjahr

Elisabeth Gutjahr spent her childhood in Bonn and Geneva. After studying rhythm and music theory in Stuttgart and Cologne, she was appointed professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen at the age of 26, where she served as rector from 2006. The interdisciplinary field of tension between score and performance, between book and stage, has attracted her particular attention ever since. Elisabeth Gutjahr has been rector of the Mozarteum University since 2018.

From 2008 to 2010 she chaired the State Rectors' Conference of the Music Colleges in Baden-Württemberg. Since 2015 she has been deputy chairwoman of the committee for musical education in the German Music Council and a member of the advisory board of Musikfreunde Donaueschingen. Since 2021 she has been Vice President of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC). Elisabeth Gutjahr also organized competitions and festivals with a focus on contemporary music and worked as a music dramaturge, choreographer and director. Elisabeth Gutjahr has been writing libretti for operas and texts for music since 1989. The libretto for the opera Gesualdo was written for the composer Franz Hummel as part of the opening of the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern in 1995. She also wrote libretti for the chamber opera An der Schönen Blaue Donau (“Best Opera of the Year 1994”, Opernwelt magazine), Beuys (music theater with and based on texts by Joseph Beuys, co-production of the Wiener Festwochen and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf) and Styx ( Libretto about Georg Friedrich Handel and the Orpheus myth) for the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe 1999/2000. She also wrote the libretto for Tobias Schneid's chamber opera Swin swin (broadcast on Arte in 1998). She also wrote the libretto for the opera Sonnenfinsternis by József Sári. In 2015, together with Henry Fourès, she produced the bilingual music radio play Correspondance for the Musica Viva Festival in Strasbourg. In 2021 she appeared as the director of Peer Gynt in the Tyrolean Festspielhaus Erl. Gutjahr also wrote artistic and educational texts and essays. The Creativity Myth was published in 1996 by Verlag Wissenschaft und Bildung. She wrote several radio plays and the cycle of poems Tractatus logico-poeticus, excerpts of which appeared in the audio book Wittgenstein with Klaus Löwitsch (awarded “Best Audio Book” 2001).

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Hannfried Lucke

Vice Rector for Art / Univ.-Prof. for Organ / Artistic Director International Summer Academy & International Mozart Competition

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