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Matthias Wurz

  • M.A. M.Mus
  • Freelance Journalist / Researcher
  • ORF RSO Wien

    Professional experience

    Freelance Journalist / Researcher

    ORF RSO Wien

    December 2009 - Present

    P.h.D Student

    Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

    October 2009 - Present

    Indepedent Researcher

    January 2009 - Present


    P.h.D. in Musicology

    Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

    October 2009 - Present

    M.A. International Relations

    Webster University Vienna

    October 2004 - May 2008(4 years)

    M.Mus in Historical Musicology

    Royal Holloway University of London

    September 2005 - November 2006(a year)

    B.A. (hons) Music

    University of York, UK

    October 2000 - July 2003(3 years)


    Matthias Wurz was born in Vienna in 1975. He currently works as freelance journalist and researcher in his native city. However, Matthias completed his studies in the United Kingdom, at University of York (B.A. in Music) and at the Royal Holloway, (University of London, M.Mus. in Historical Musicology). He also graduated in International Relations at Webster University, Vienna Campus (M.A.). As of October 2009, Matthias Wurz is a PhD candidate in Musicology at the Music University of Vienna. Matthias is a professionally accredited journalist in Austria by Presseclub Concordia, has worked for The Vienna Review as Music Critic and Executive Editor. From January to August 2009, Matthias was also its Managing Director responsible for the growth and development of the newspaper. He began his early musical training at the Vienna Boys Choir (1985 – 1989), with which he toured throughout Europe, America and Southeast Asia as a child. After a period not related to music, Matthias left for the United Kingdom in 1997 for his musical training. Alongside the academic studies at York, he regularly participated professional conducting training with the Symphonic Workshops in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. Engagements brought him to work with orchestras in the UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Romania. His first appearance with Sinfonia Bucharest in Romania in June 2004 was televised. He successfully returned to Romania in 2005 and 2008, performing and has since been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Sinfonia Bucharest. Matthias has also built an academic reputation with his research into Austrian Emigrés Composers, such as Georg Tintner (1917 – 1999) and Karl Rankl (1989 – 1968), including conference talks, lectures and publications. Among others, he organized the Themed Session ‘Exile and Suppressed Music’ for the International Conference of 20th Century Music in London (2001) where he also lectured. Matthias spoke at the Wellesz-Gál Symposium in Vienna (2004) and was invited by musica reanimata, Berlin, for a narrated concert in April 2007. In 2009, Matthias will be researching the musical estate of the emigrés composer Walter Arlen for the organization