About me

Thank you for your interest. Ever since I spent a year at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) in 1987–8 I have been researching aspects of Irish musical history. Since this is NOT my main professional activity, the actual extent of my research is limited, both in scope as in topics. Still – after some twenty-odd years there is a certain amount of research which has only in part been published. In the hope that somewhere out there some people may be interested I started setting up this website in early 2011.

 

A few dates about my academic "career": I was born in Münster, Westphalia, in 1962, studied music and musicology at Hildesheim, Germany (1984–90), and at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 1990 with a degree as "Diplom-Kulturpädagoge". My 1995 Ph.D. thesis on twentieth-century Irish art music (supervisor: Prof. Werner Keil) was the first major work in this area. It was published (in German) as Die Musik Irlands im 20. Jahrhundert (Hildesheim, 1996). Further publications include Irish Classical Recordings – A Discography of Irish Art Music (Westport CT, 2001), O'Kelly – An Irish Musical Family in Nineteenth-Century France (Norderstedt, 2014) and many articles in books and journals. I also co-edited Irish Music in the Twentieth Century (= Irish Musical Studies 7, Dublin, 2003) and The Life and Music of Brian Boydell (Dublin, 2004).

 

As an independent scholar I was the 'Irish Advisor' to the German encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) (Kassel, 1994–2008), contributed to the New Grove Dictionary (London, 2001), the Dictionary of Irish Biography (Dublin, 2009) and wrote about 85 articles for the Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland (Dublin, 2013). I have given academic papers in Ireland, the UK, France, Germany and the United States.

 

In 2015, I became a Research Associate of the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland (RFMI), and I was elected an honorary Corresponding Member of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI).

 

I have been living near Münster (until 1983), in Hildesheim (1984–90), Cologne (1990–3), Bonn (1993–2006), Darmstadt (2006–11) and moved to Frankfurt in May 2011 (see Contact).

 

Professional life

In case there are any doubts: I love my professional work! I am working as an independent consultant on so-called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) / Corporate Sustainability. Until 2007 I was employed with a number of communication consultancies, and also with the Asian Development Bank (European office). Since late 2007, my main cooperation partner is the Munich-based consultancy akzente (click for a profile). I help companies develop and communicate social and environmental strategies. I have web network pages on Xing and Facebook, if you want to have a look.

 

Classical guitarist

I started playing classical guitar at age 13 and studied the instrument at Hildesheim university with the Hannover-based guitarist Jürgen Happe, himself a Karl Scheit pupil. Due to professional and family constraints I neglected my instrument for a long time. I have been rediscovering it intensely since mid-2014 and enjoying it more than ever before. This includes an academic interest in some guitar composers, which may at some point lead to new publications in this field. In fact, some of my earliest publications were articles in Gitarre & Laute (Germany) and Classical Guitar (England) in 1990–1. Since 2015 I have been playing in a (strictly private) guitar duo, exploring some rare 19th and early 20th-century duos (the picture shows me playing some Tárrega pieces at a Christmas dinner table at my brother's place in December 2014).

Jazz musician

I have been writing jazz-oriented music for a while, stylistically somewhere between the musics of Pat Metheny and Ralph Towner, that is to say, it is contemporary, melodic, somewhat unconventional music. I realised it in a band that was active in late 2013 and early 2014, but it split up due to various reasons. The music would still work well in a duo of, for instance, flugelhorn and guitar, flute and guitar or even piano and guitar. Currently I don't find the time to pursue this interest.