Christian T. Herbst, PhD. Priv.-Doz.

Lecturer in Medicine for Musicians

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Biography Christian T. Herbst, born 1970, earned a master’s degree in classical voice pedagogy from the Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria. During his career as voice pedagogue (Tölzer Knabenchor, amongst others), Christian took interest in the physics and physiology of the voice. After a one-year stay as visiting researcher at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University, he decided to put voice science at his future professional focus. In 2012 he received his PhD in Biophysics from the Department of Biophysics, University of Olomouc, Czech Republic, under the supervision of Dr. Jan Švec. Following a position as head of the Bioacoustics Laboratory, Department of Cognitive Biology, University Vienna, Christian was a post-doctoral researcher at the Voice Research Laboratory, Department of Biophysics, University of Olomouc. As of 2016 he works on the project "Comparative Biomechanics of Mammalian Sound Production", funded by an APART grant from the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is aneditorial board member the Journal of Voice and of Logopedics, Phoniatrics and Vocology. Christian has published several prize-winning papers on laryngeal configurations in singing and on electroglottography (EGG), a non-invasive technique to gather physiological information of laryngeal dynamics during vocalization. He has invented the phasegram, a new method to visualize chaotic phenomena in non-linear systems, and EGG wavegrams, a technique for visualizing and analyzing vocal fold vibration properties. He has created a setup for excised larynx experiments at the Laboratory of Bio-Acoustics, Dept. of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna. The gathered data are used to perform cross-species comparisons of physical sound production mechanisms in mammals. In this context Christian recently published a paper about the low-frequency physical sound production mechanisms in African elephants in the prestigious Science journal. At the Mozarteum University Salzburg he is a Lecturer in Medicine for Musicians.