Elisabeth Gutjahr, Prof.
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Prof. Elisabeth Gutjahr spent her childhood in Bonn and Geneva, two cosmopolitan cities that influenced her development. After completing her studies in rhythm and music theory in Stuttgart and Cologne, at the age of 26 she was appointed as professor at the Trossingen State Academy of Music in Baden-Württemberg. She was constantly concerned with the further development of the institution, in the senate, the university council, and from 2006 also as Rektorin, a function to which she was re-elected in 2012. Moreover she has commitments in the conferences of university chancellors, in the regional music council (governing board), in the educational committee of the German Music Council (deputy chairperson), in the advisory committee on quality at the University of Gutenberg in Mainz, and since 2015 in the Council of the AEC. She also holds further honorary positions on several boards and advisory committees, for example the Music Friends of Donaueschingen, the Zimmertheater Rottweil 2002 and the regio tv Ravensburg.
She is particularly preoccupied with the opposing poles of score and performance, libretto and stage, whereby she is interested in interdisciplinary processes that link music, theatre, dance, language, film and the fine arts with each other. From an early age she focused her artistic activity on the creation of text in context with music. Elisabeth Gutjahr has also organized competitions and festivals of contemporary music and has worked as a music dramaturge, choreographer and stage director.
Literary Texts: Since 1989 she has written several opera libretti and texts for music. She wrote Gesualdo for the composer Franz Hummel (for the opening of the new opera house in Kaiserslautern), the text for the chamber opera On the Beautiful Blue Danube (voted Best Opera of the Year 1994 by the journal Opernwelt), Beuys (co-production between the Vienna Festival and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Dusseldorf) and Styx (libretto about Handel and the Orpheus myth for the Handel Festival 1999/2000).
For the composer Tobias P. M. Schneid she wrote Swin swin, a chamber opera that was also produced for television and broadcast in 1998 on ARTE. She wrote the libretto for the opera Eclipse by József Sári (premiered in 2009 at Budapest Opera). In 2015, together with Henry Fourès, she produced the bilingual music radio play Correspondances in the studio La mise en circuit in Paris for the Musica Viva Festival in Strasbourg.
Further Publications: Elisabeth Gutjahr has written several artistic and music-educational articles such as Der Mythos Kreativität (Verlag Wissenschaft und Bildung, Berlin, 1996) as well as essays on music and concert educational theory, music education, improvisation and creative processes. She has written several radio plays and also the cycle of poems Tractatus logico-poeticus, to which the award-winning audio book Wittgenstein with Klaus Löwitsch refers (commission and cooperation).