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From Yesterday to Tomorrow - A Glimpse into the Piano Universe

- Dr. Frank P. Bär und Prof. Rainer Kotzian I


Part 1: A Fast Motion History of an Emblematic Instrument

Part 2: Piano-related Research and Innovation at the Nuremberg University of Music

About the referees:

Frank P. Bär has been curator of the musical instrument collection since 1997 and head of the research services (since 2006) and photo departments (2014–2022) in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg. He studied musicology and German linguistics at the University of Tübingen and holds a Ph.D. in musicology. Within the European community funded project MIMO (2009–2011) -- Musical Instrument Museums Online -- he was responsible for coordinating the digitization of 45,000+ musical instruments in public collections. At Germanisches Nationalmuseum he was project director for the DFG-funded research projects MUSICES (2014–2017, together with Fraunhofer EZRT) and “Collecting musical instruments – the Rück example” (2015–2018). He served the International Committee of Museums and Collections of Instruments and Music ICOM-CIMCIM as Vice President from 2016 to 2019 and as President until 2022. Currently, he is working on a complete redesign of Germanisches Nationalmuseum’s permanent musical instrument exhibition.

Prof. Rainer Kotzian has been President of the University of Music since October 1, 2021. He previously served as Vice President from 2017 to 2021. In 2010 he was appointed professor for elemental music pedagogy at the Nuremberg University of Music, and from 2011 to 2017 he also held the position of dean of studies.

He works as an author, editor and producer of numerous music education print and audio publications and is a board member of the Carl Orff Foundation. Rainer Kotzian studied music and dance education at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Further studies in jazz guitar and songwriting complete his profile. Kotzian teaches nationally and internationally as a recognized representative and specialist of the Orff-Schulwerk.


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