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New General Secretary / Managing Director

Petra Hinterholzer appointed Secretary General of the Ernst Krenek Institut Privatstiftung and Managing Director of the Ernst Krenek Forum Betriebs.ges.m.b.H.


Starting in April, Petra Hinterholzer will assume the secretariat-general of the Ernst Krenek Institut Privatstiftung and the management of the Ernst Krenek Forum Betriebs.ges.m.b.H., and is thus responsible for the comprehensive dissemination of the oeuvre of one of the leading composers and intellectuals of the twentieth century, for the reappraisal of his extensive musical and literary works, and for the vitalization of the Ernst Krenek Forum.

Professor Ernst Kovacic, Chairman of the Ernst Krenek Institut Privatstiftung, said of the new appointment: “I am very pleased that we were able to bring the experienced culture manager and musicologist Petra Hinterholzer from Salzburg to us in Krems, and that, with her multifaceted, rich experience and her well-founded knowledge of the national and international concert and festival scene, she will support and forge ahead with the realization of the tasks and goals of the Ernst Krenek Institut Privatstiftung.”

Petra Hinterholzer about her new position: “I view the appointment as director of the Ernst Krenek Institute and the Ernst Krenek Forum as a fascinating personal advancement and inspiring challenge. For me it is not only important to increasingly bring the great composer Ernst Krenek into the consciousness of the theater directors, concert planners, concert goers, and onto the international stages, but also to call attention to the man of letters, the philosopher, and the world citizen Ernst Krenek, and to make him comprehensible as a whole. I would like to initiate an interdisciplinary and international discourse – in dialogue with Krenek. On another level, I want to directly approach conductors and interpreters, instrumentalists and singers, and invite them to go “to the source” in the Institute in Krems in the beautiful Wachau region, to study and let themselves be inspired by the manuscripts and music, the correspondence, Krenek’s essays, and musical and sociopolitical analyses.”

Petra Hinterholzer was born in Linz and studied musicology and communication science at the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg. She was a research associate for the New Mozart Edition (NMA), and in charge of the artistic administration of the Camerata Salzburg under Sandór Végh and Sir Roger Norrington. From 2001 Petra Hinterholzer was employed by the International Mozarteum Foundation, where she was largely responsible for the planning of concerts and programs of the “Mozartwoche” under the artistic direction of Marc Minkowski among others, of the contemporary festival “Dialoge,” and the season concerts of the International Mozarteum Foundation. Petra Hinterholzer has taught, among other thngs, as lecturer for culture and music management at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, the Paris Lodron University Salzburg, and the Donau University Krems.