This study claims to be the first in musicology to pursue the topic using a methodically complex and multidimensional approach. It captures the International––especially the European––scene of new (art-)music for the first time transnationally and mediates, starting from Austria, between national cultures of music research and its neighboring disciplines. The concepts of “cultural turns” provide an initial basis, as they have opened up flexible space for interdisciplinary and intercultural activities and given a context for understanding music as practice, which is an important emphasis in the project.

The spectrum of the project’s approaches ranges from exploratory documentary archival work (database) through the sociology of music (quantitative polls, qualitative interviews, and participatory observations) and historiographic approaches (including cross sections, biographical access to specific agents), cultural studies and music analysis of representative “works”, to the analysis of activities in music mediation/education and management.


Online publications

June 2016:

Audiences of Contemporary Art Music: Brief Report on Audience Surveys at the Festival d`Automne à Paris, Warsaw Autumn, and Wien Modern in the Autumn of 2014

The brief report on our audience research at the three festivals Warsaw Autumn, Festival d´Automne in Paris, and Wien Modern in 2014 is finally out. Our researcher Katarzyna Grebosz-Haring compiled major results of our survey. It is based on the 1,502 returned questionaires. From the large number of findings, only a selection of the results will be presented in this brief report. Among others, the audiences of the three festivals will be described and compared in some detail. The analysis of the characteristic events will only be marginally incorporated. The qualitative content analysis of interviews and observations is not included here. A more detailed version and interpretation of the results will be available in the final project publication (Wolke Verlag) in the summer of 2017.

The PDF can be found here.


Peer reviewed journal articels and book chapters

Publications, already published:


Velasco-Pufleau, Luis. “Réseaux collaboratifs et création musicale”. Figures de l’art, No. 30, pp. 83–94.

Planned publications:


Heilgendorff Simone, Grebosz-­‐Haring Katarzyna, Velasco-Pufleau Luis, Żyła Monika (authors and editors). New Music Festivals as Agorai: Their Formation and Impact on Warsaw Autumn, Festivald’Automne à Paris, and Wien Modern Since 1980 [working title], open access online publication and book publication (two volumes), Hofheim/Taunus: WolkeVerlag.


Heilgendorff, Simone. Warsaw Autumn, Wien Modern, and Festival d’Automne à Paris after the year 2000 in a comparative perspective: European or national forums for contemporary (art) music and culture? (article, peer-reviewed). Between Universal and Local, report on the International musicological conference in Ljubljana (SLO) Sept. 2015. Ed. Greogor Pompe, Niksa Gligo a.o. (in print)

Heilgendorff Simone. "Proben-Prozesse. Über das Entstehen von Musik und Theater" (article)., ed. Wolfgang Gratzer and Christoph Lepschy, Freiburg i.Br.: Rombach Verlag.

Heilgendorff Simone. "Aspects of (Re-)Enactment in Recent Festival Performances of Contemporary Art Music" (article). New Music Theatre – work in/and progress [working title] (Studies in Musical Theatre (special issue), David Roesner, LMU Munich (guest ed.).

Velasco Pufleau, Luis. "Commandes et collaborations créatives: le rôle de l'interprète dans les processus de composition musicale". Circuit. Musiques contemporaines, vol. 26, No. 3.



March 2016
International and interdisciplinary conference: European New Music Festivals as Agorai: Music, Creativity, Politics and History
This event is conceived and organised by the researchers of the project "New Music Festivals as Agorai…" in cooperation with the programme area "ConTempOhr. Mediating Contemporary Music" at the "Kooperationsschwerpunkt Wissenschaft und Kunst" (University Salzburg/University Mozarteum).

The international conference "European New Music Festivals as Agorai: Music, Creativity, Politics and History" aims to discuss European new music festivals and the international scene of contemporary art music during the last decades in new comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. One main focus will be three main contemporary music festivals in European metropolises: Festival d’Automne à Paris (France), Warszawska Jesień (Warsaw, Poland) and Wien Modern (Austria). Bringing together scholars, composers, musicians and festival organizers in lectures and panel discussions, the conference also takes a closer look at the festivals’ role in recent developments of creative practices. This includes perspectives on their mediating position between contemporary art music, its composers and performers, and the festivals’ metropolitan audiences as well as their transition into an “agora” function in the musical and culturalized "creative city".

The conference addresses the current topics of the project along the following disciplines:
·       Music mediation
·       Cultural policies/festival politics
·       Urban studies, city development
·       Creative processes at festival/development of musicians, artists, composers
·       Historical dimensions/developments, national and international
Workshops, concerts, lectures and mixed round tables with artists, scholars, curators, etc. are scheduled.

January-February 2016
Renown Balzan award granted to our PostDoc researcher Luis Velasco-Pufleau

Luis Velasco-Pufleau won the Balzan Musicology Visiting Fellowship (2015–2016) and in January and February 2016 is resident at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford (UK) as part of the Balzan research programme: Towards a global history of music ( with his research project "European new music festivals and the emergence of an intercontinental history of contemporary art music".

June 16, 2015
Study Day, University of Salzburg (A)
"Todays’ New Music Festivals as Forums for Contemporary Culture – Interdisciplinary European Perspectives". A cooperation of the programme area "ConTempOhr" at "Kooperationsschwerpunkt Wissenschaft und Kunst” (Univ. of Salzburg/Univ. Mozarteum) and the FWF research project "New music festivals as Agorai…".
Participants: Andreas Reckwitz, (cultural sociologist, University of Frankfurt Oder/D); Michael Werner (historian, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, EHESS/University Sorbonne Paris/F), Martin Weichbold (sociologist, University of Salzburg/A).

April–June 2015
Class/Seminar "Todays’ New Music Festivals as Forums for Contemporary Music and Culture", University of Salzburg/University Mozarteum
Class/seminar for the teaching programme of the Kooperationsschwerpunkt "Wissenschaft und Kunst", with excursions to the Biennale Salzburg and the Dream House by Lamonte Young (Polling, Germany)
Teachers: Katarzyna Grebosz-Haring, Simone Heilgendorff, Luis Velasco-Pufleau and Monika Żyła.

Complete 2015

- Creation of the individual portraits of curators, composers and musicians.
- Archival research continues.
- Evaluation an d creation of results of the audience polls.Conception of the final publication.

October 2014
Cooperation with new programme area "ConTempOhr" (Univ. Of Salzburg, Univ. Mozarteum Salzburg)

In October 2014 two researchers of the FWF project (Simone Heilgendorff and Katarzyna Grebosz-Haring) officially started their work as members of the founding and leading team of the programme area "ConTempOhr. Vermittlung zeitgenössischer Musik – Mediating Contemporary Music" at "Kooperationsschwerpunkt Wissenschaft und Kunst" (University of Salzburg/University Mozarteum) ( ConTempOhr was selected during a competitive selection process in early 2014 and since then has been a reliable and stimulating cooperative partner of the research project in the following fields of artistic and academic activities: research work, teaching, accompanying events and development of regional, national and international cooperation with people and institutions in the domains of culture, education and science.

Project-related participation in national and international scholarly conferences


June 16/17 Luis Velasco-Pufleau, British Academy, London (UK), lecture: Poetry, traditional music, and modernity in post-apartheid South Africa: on the project and performance of the Cape Cultural Collective; Balzan Workshop-Conference "Musical traditions and global modernity in South Asia and Africa".

May 11 Luis Velasco-Pufleau: “Le public des festivals européens de musique contemporaine“ (lecture), research seminar Administration et gestion de la musique at Paris-Sorbonne University.

April 27 Simone Heilgendorff, Department of Music, Columbia University (NY), lecture (invited): Performing and Listening to Contemporary (AA) Music, composition session of Georg Haas.


Nov. 22 Simone Heilgendorff and Katarzyna Grebosz-Haring, MICA (Austrian Music Information Center) Wien (A), presentation with following panel discussion: Festivals Neuer Musik in Metropolen: Was tut und wer ist ihr Publikum? Presentation and panel discussion on the audience surveys conducted by the FWF project „New Music Festivals as Agorai...“ in Warsaw, Vienna and Paris during the fall 2014 (event of the FWF project “New Music Festivals as Agorai…” (University of Salzburg/A), in coop. with MICA and Wien Modern).

Nov. 18–21 Simone Heilgendorff and Katarzyna Grebosz-Haring, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz (A), poster (selected): Contemporary Art Music reflected in Metropolitan Festivals: Comparative Samples of Performances, Spaces and their Audiences; Annual Conference of the Austrian Society for Musicology (ÖGMW) “Analysis – Interpretation – Performance. A Constant Zone of the Reconsideration of Musicological Methods“.                

Nov. 5–7 Luis Velasco-Pufleau and Monika Żyła, Philharmonie de Paris (F), lecture (selected): European new music festivals as democratic institutions? A comparative perspective on France, Poland, and Austria from 1980 until today; conference “What does democracy sound like? Actors, Institutions – Practices, Discourses”, École de Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Philharmonie de Paris (F), Centre Marc Bloch Berlin (D), Palazzetto BruZane Venice (It), Center for World Music Hildesheim (D).

Oct. 30 Simone Heilgendorff, University of Ljubljana (SLO), lecture (selected): Warsaw Autumn, Wien Modern, and Festival d’Automne à Paris after the year 2000 in a comparative perspective: European or national forums for contemporary (art)music and culture?; international conference “Between Universal and Local: From Modernism to Postmodernism”, 9-28 to 9-30.

Oct. 20 Luis Velasco-Pufleau, Austrian Cultural Forum of Paris (F), presentation and panel discussion: Le public des festivals européens de musique contemporaine. Présentation de l’enquête 2014 sur le public du Festival d’Automne à Paris; event of Austrian Cultural Forum of Paris (F) and the FWF project “New Music Festivals as Agorai…”(University of Salzburg/A).

Oct 8–10 Monika Żyła, IRCAM, Paris (F), lecture (selected): Agata Zubel’s Not I at the festival Warsaw Autumn in Poland (2014) – tracing collaborative dimensions of the creative process within the festival context; 3rd Conference: “Tracking the creative process in music”, IRCAM, IReMus (Paris-Sorbonne University and CNRS), and CTEL (Nice-Sophia Antipolis University).

Sep. 25 Monika Żyła, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade (SRB), lecture (selected): Let it be an east-west confrontation! Music and politics at the Warsaw Autumn Festival; conference: “Musical legacies of state socialism: Revisiting narratives about post-world war II Europe”; co-organized by the Institute of Musicology SASA and BASEES (Study Group for Russian and East-European Music), Sep 24–26.

Sep. 21 Katarzyna Grebosz-Haring and Monika Żyła, Austrian Cultural Forum, Warsaw (PL), presentation and panel discussion: Prezentacja i panel dyskusyjny: Publiczność Festiwali Muzyki Współczesnej; event of Austrian Cultural Forum of Warsaw, Festival Warsaw Autumn (PL) and the FWF project “New Music Festivals as Agorai…”(University of Salzburg/A).

March 13–14 Luis Velasco-Pufleau, Paris-Sorbonne University, Paris (F), lecture (selected): New music festivals as Agorai: des festivals de musique contemporaine européens comme objets de comparaison internationale en musicology; study days: “Regards sur le comparatisme en musicologie: enjeux et methods”.

March 29 Monika Żyła, Annual Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (UK), lecture (selected): The impact of the socialist party on the Warsaw Autumn Festival; conference of the British Association for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (BASEES); March 29–30.

Feb. 5 Katarzyna Grebosz-Haring, Gaîté Lyrique and La Villette, Paris (F), lecture (selected): New music festivals and their audiences – A comparative study on mediation events at Warsaw Autumn, Wien Modern and Festival d’Automne in Paris in 2014; international conference “Classical music and its audiences in the digital age”; February 4-6.


Oct 9–11 Luis Velasco-Pufleau, University of Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne (F), lecture (selected): Entre stratégies créatives, processus collaboratifs et contraintes multiples: la création de Rubato ma glissando d’Annette Messager et Gérard Pesson au Festival d’Automne à Paris, conference:  “Procédures et contraintes: quels enjeux pour la création contemporaine?”, Oct 9–11.

Nov. 19 Simone Heilgendorff, Université Sorbonne (Paris, France), lecture (invited): Contemporary Music at today’s festivals, Department of Musicology.

Sep. 7 Simone Heilgendorff, Luis Velasco-Pufleau, Monika Żyła; Chopin Institute, Radziejowice (PL), session panel (selected): New Music Festivals as objects of musical historiography – International perspectives on Warsaw Autumn, Wien Modern, and, Festival d’Automne à Paris; yearly international conference of the Chopin Institute Warsaw; September 15-17.

July 18 Simone Heilgendorff, Luis Velasco-Pufleau, University of Cambridge (UK), lecture (selected): New Music Festivals as laboratory of musical creativity: a comparative perspective on Warsaw Autumn, Festival d’Automne in Paris, and Wien Modern; conference CMPCP Performance Studies Network third international conference.

July 2–4 Velasco-Pufleau Luis, Institute of European Cultural History, Paris (F), lecture (invited): Circulations musicales au sein des festivals européens de musique contemporaine: une étude comparée entre Paris, Vienne et Varsovie; summer workshop: Did you say multiculturalism?, Institute of European Cultural History-Bronisław Geremek (IHCE), Château des Lumières de Lunéville, Lunéville (F).

May 24 Simone Heilgendorff, University of Basle (Switzerland), lecture (invited): Resonance: Tonal dimensions of microtonal composition, exemplified with music by Georg Friedrich Haas; conference “Tonality after 1950”, May 22 to 24

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