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Simone Heilgendorff is a German musicologist and violist. She is currently head of the programme area “ConTempOhr“ (on the mediation of contemporary music) at the cooperative “Schwerpunkt Wissenschaft und Kunst” (Univ. of Salzburg and Univ. Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria) and she was head of the International research project „New Music Festivals as Agorai...“ at the University of Salzburg (2013–2016, Austria).


She is the violist, co-manager, and founding member of the Kairos Quartett (string quartet, Berlin/Germany) specializing in contemporary (art) music.

Simone Heilgendorff studied musicology, philosophy and psychology (habilitation 2019, Dr. phil. 2002) as well as viola (Master of Music) in Freiburg i.Br. (D), Zurich (CH), Ann Arbor (USA), San Francisco (USA), and in Berlin (D).

Her main research areas are contemporary and baroque music, cultural and psychological contexts of music, the Americana around John Cage, musical analysis and musical performance practice respectively cultures of musical interpretation including topics of artistic research.