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Peter von Matt To Give Keynote Address In 2012

19 DEC 2011

published in: General

Peter von Matt, Photo: Unicom
Landeshauptfrau Gabi Burgstaller and Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler have agreed that starting in 2012, the Festival will invite the speaker for the keynote address at the Festival’s opening ceremony. “By choosing the opening ceremony’s speaker, the Festival will be able to create an overarching theme between the Opening Ceremony and the current Festival program – as was already the case with Daniel Kehlmann and Daniel Barenboim during recent years,” the Landeshauptfrau declared.

“We are very pleased about the Landeshauptfrau’s decision. Thus, the Festival is responsible not only for the music at the Opening Ceremony, but also the programmatic speech,” President Helga Rabl-Stadler said.

The keynote speaker for 2012 has already been chosen. Artistic Director Alexander Pereira suggested Peter von Matt, who has accepted. Alexander Pereira: “Peter von Matt is a literary scholar of European prominence and an excellent speaker. He has conducted a productive dialogue with Nikolaus Harnoncourt for years and has also influenced Jens-Daniel Herzog, the stage director for the season’s first premiere, with his hypotheses on Mozart’s Zauberflöte.”

Peter von Matt
Born in Lucerne in 1937. Studied German literature, English literature and art history in Zurich. Doctoral thesis on Grillparzer supervised by Emil Staiger.
1964-1976 taught secondary school in Lucerne; starting in 1967, he was Emil Staiger’s assistant at the University of Zurich.
1970 “Habilitation” thesis on E.T.A. Hoffmann.
1976-2002 Professor for Modern German Literature at the University of Zurich.
1980 Guest Professor at Stanford University in California.
1989-1991 Member of the jury for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in Klagenfurt.
1992/1993 Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) in Berlin.
Peter von Matt is a member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry in Darmstadt, the Academy of Sciences in Berlin, the Academy of Arts of Saxony, the Academy of Fine Arts of Bavaria and the Academy of Arts of Berlin.
In 2007, Peter von Matt received the Brothers-Grimm-Prize of the Philipps University Marburg for “outstanding contributions to the field of literary criticism”.
Among his most recent publications are Das Wilde und die Ordnung. Zur deutschen Literatur, Die Intrige. Theorie und Praxis der Hinterlist and Der Entflammte. Über Elias Canetti as well as Wörterleuchten. Kleine Deutungen deutscher Gedichte.
Peter von Matt lives in Zurich.