Prof. Dr. Emile Wennekes is Chair Professor of Post-1800 Music History.
Wennekes obtained his Masters (Drs.) in Musicology in 1991 and a PhD (Dr.) in Humanities from Utrecht University in 1999 with a thesis concerning the Amsterdam Crystal Palace and its place within the phenomenon of world exhibitions. In 2000, Wennekes was named Endowed Professor (for Dutch Music History), and in 2004, Full Professor of Musicology, both at Utrecht University. Together with Prof. Dr. Karl Kügle he has repositioned Utrecht’s Musicology Department (established 1930) within the newly created Media and Culture Studies Department into an internationally acclaimed research institute with two main focus areas: Ancient Music and Music & Media. From 2006-2011 he was the first Head of School, Media and Culture Studies.
Wennekes has published on a broad range of subjects which include a biography of Bernard Haitink (co-published with historian Prof. Dr. Jan Bank), the reception of the music of Bach, Liszt, Mahler and Mozart, music within Second Life, conductor films, Vitaphone shorts, and contemporary music in the Netherlands (including a book co-published with Prof. Dr. Mark Delaere, available in six languages). His latest popular book, sketching Dutch musical life of the last century, was published earlier this year. Wennekes was editor of several periodicals and books, among them Key Notes: Musical Life in the Netherlands; Dutch Journal for Musicology: Muziek & Wetenschap and Een muziekgeschiedenis der Nederlanden. He published in leading musicological encyclopedias, like The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, for which he also served as assistant to the editor.
Wennekes previously worked as music critic for the Dutch dailies NRC Handelsblad and de Volkskrant, and was artistic advisor and orchestral programmer before intensifying his academic career. He served as a board member of several societies, and for almost a decade chaired the Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis).
As a scholar, his present research focuses on two areas: Mediatizing Music and the Remigration of Jewish Musicians. He is currently preparing a book on the first. He initiated and chairs the Study Group Music and Media (MaM) under the auspices of the International Musicological Society (IMS) and coordinates the annual conferences of MaM (2009: Amsterdam; 2010: Berlin (Humboldt University); 2011: Lisbon (Universidade Nova); 2012: Turino, Rome). Augmenting these activities, Wennekes is also a member of the program committees of the 7th Congress of Music and the Moving Image (New York: NYU Steinhardt, 2012) and the 19th Congress of the International Musicological Society (IMS Rome, 2012).
Wennekes presented /will be presenting at a great number of conferences, including those of the American Musicological Society (AMS) and the IMS, in New York (CUNY; NYU), Los Angeles (USC), San Francisco (AMS), Ottawa (CU), Hong Kong (HK BaptiU), Beijing, Stellenbosch (UoS), Berlin (Humboldt U), Bayreuth (UoB; FiMT), Kiel (CAU), Zurich (ZHdK), Monte San Savino (CSOO Luigi Boccherini), London (UoL, IMR), Manchester (Salford U; Royal Northern College of Music), Glasgow (UoG).