Karajan Music Tech
Is back for 2024

Join us in Salzburg on March 7 to explore the fusion of neuroscience, AI, technology's transformative role in performing arts, and music's impact on workplace well-being. Dive into the revolutionary influence of generative AI in the music industry and the future of immersive experiences with Augmented and Extended Reality.

7th March 2024

Salzburg, Austria









Revolutionising Music

Welcome to Karajan Music Tech, the annual conference that brings together the brightest minds in music innovation. Join us as we explore the latest trends, technologies, and ideas shaping the future of the music industry.

2024 Programme

Get ready for the technology-focused program full of innovation that Karajan Music Tech 2024 has in store.

Harmonizing Workplace, Orchestrating Success: The Interplay of Music and Technology in Enhancing Workplace Well-Being
With Valerie Brunner, Walter Werzowa, Ivan Rektor

Discover the harmony of productivity at 'Harmonizing Workplace, Orchestrating Success,' where the crossroads of neuroscience, musicology, and business strategy illuminate the profound impact of music and technology on workplace health, creativity, and overall well-being. Join our elite assembly of thought leaders for a series of enlightening presentations and dynamic panel discussions, unraveling the essential role that music and tech play in sculpting thriving professional environments and fostering holistic success.

Entrepreneurship, Technology and Music
With Anna Zo, Kathleen Alder, Antoine Leboyer, Matthias Strobel

Dive into the future of the music industry with our panel on 'Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Music,' exploring the crucial intersection of an entrepreneurial mindset, technological advancements, and musical creativity, and how these elements together shape innovative strategies for artists in a digital world.

Creativity, Neuroscience and AI: Exploring the intersection of human and artificial intelligence
With Lena Nieper, Maximos Kaliakatsos, Arne Dietrich, Ali Nikrang

Join our panel discussion on 'Creativity, Neuroscience, and AI' to delve into the evolving concept of creativity across neuroscience, art, and technology, examining how these fields intersect to drive artistic innovation and redefine our understanding of creative intelligence in humans and machines.

Innovation, Technology and Digitalization in TV Programming for the Performing Arts
With Max Beckham-Ortner, Frank Gerdes, Laetitia Huberti, Robert Zimmermann

Explore the fusion of innovation, technology, and digitalization in performing arts TV programming, as experts from the Karajan Institute and IMZ dissect how these advancements are reshaping content creation, distribution, and audience engagement, paving the way for a new era in arts broadcasting.

Tech-Enabled TV Production
With Hannes Schalle

Join Hannes Schalle in an enlightening keynote on 'Tech-Enabled TV Production,' where he delves into the innovative use of AI and technology in TV production workflows and offers a glimpse into the exciting advancements we can expect in the near future.

Mechanisms of Creativity in the Brain
With Arne Dietrich

Explore the neural mechanisms behind creativity in Arne Dietrich's enlightening talk, demystifying the brain's innovative and imaginative processes with scientific clarity.


2024 Speakers

We have gathered top musical figures to speak at our event.

Walter Werzowa

Walter Werzowa is an inventor of music, composer of number-one hits, music health entrepreneur, and tamer of Artificial Intelligences. A critically acclaimed composer and producer, he has worked on numerous movies by Schwarzenegger, Wenders, and Spielberg. He composed the Intel sound branding as well as that of T-Mobile. Walter has also finished Beethoven’s 10th symphony with the help of an AI. He had artistic collaborations with Robbie Williams and is the composer of the Austrian pop hit “Bring me Edelweiss.” Walter is the founder of HealthTunes, a non-profit that brings the power of music to the healthcare profession. He teaches film composition at Music University Vienna.

Valerie Brunner
Raiffeisenbank International AG
Max Beckham-Ortner
International Music + Media Centre

Max Beckham-Ortner is a highly skilled professional with a strong track record in project management, public relations, relationship management, international business development, and cultural management. His experience spans a variety of industries, including music and media, non-profit organizations, entertainment, and the arts. As Secretary General at the IMZ International Music + Media Centre, he demonstrates exceptional organizational and leadership skills, excelling in building sustainable networks, connecting different industries, and creating valuable business opportunities.

Matthias Röder
Karajan Institute

Dr. Matthias Röder is renowned as a music and technology strategist, holding a board member role at the Karajan Foundation, and being Managing Director at the Eliette and Herbert von Karajan Institute. Additionally, he contributes as a board of trustees member for the Mozarteum Foundation. As a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Mindshift, he focuses on consultancy in creative leadership and innovation management. In 2017, he initiated the Karajan Music Tech Conference, an event dedicated to advancing cutting-edge technologies in the realms of music, media, and audio. Earlier, in 2013, he started the Classical Music Hack Day series. Alongside his wife, Seda Röder, he co-established the Sonophilia Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering creativity, critical thinking, and their positive impacts on innovation, social well-being, and personal fulfillment. His work has earned him numerous awards, including the “Game Changer” Award from the Chamber of Commerce Salzburg. A respected speaker and educator, Dr. Röder has taught at institutions like Harvard University, the Change & Innovation Management Program at the University of St. Gall, and Salzburg University. He holds a PhD in music from Harvard University and is an alumnus of the Mozarteum University Salzburg.

Matthias Strobel
Music Tech Germany
Lena Nieper
University of Bayreuth

Lena Nieper is a researcher and science project manager at Faisal Lab at the University of Bayreuth. In her current role she focuses on fostering an ecosystem of AI researchers and entrepreneurs at Speinshart Symposia as part of the Hightech Agenda Bavaria. With a background in musicology and cultural studies from the University of Frankfurt she has contributed to memory studies (Music as a Medium of Memory, Transcript) by introducing key concept to musicology. Prior to her current role, she gained expertise as a communication consultant at MSL and Serviceplan.

Christopher Lindinger
Universität Mozarteum Salzburg

Christopher Lindinger is a professional in the fields of innovation research, computer science, and cultural management. He played a pivotal role as a co-founder of the Futurelab at Ars Electronica in Linz and served as the co-director of the Ars Electronica Media Lab. In 2019, he transitioned to a new role as the Vice Rector at Johannes Kepler University Linz. In October 2023, he embarked on a new journey as a professor for Art & Digitality at Mozarteum University.

Christine Bauer
Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces (AIHI) at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg

Christine Bauer holds the position of EXDIGIT Professor of Interactive Intelligent Systems at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces at Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Austria.

Her research is primarily focused on the study of nteractive intelligent systems. This involves an integration of intelligent technology research, the exploration of human interactions with these systems, and their interplay. Adopting a human-centered computing perspective, her work prioritizes addressing the needs of humans and society through technology. Context and context-adaptivity are central themes in her research.

Christine's recent work has been particularly concentrated on context-aware recommender systems, with a special emphasis on applications in the music industry. Her research also delves into the fairness of algorithmic decision-making and employs multi-method approaches for evaluation.

She co-organizes the “Perspectives on the Evaluation of Recommender Systems (PERSPECTIVES)” workshop series. Committed to promoting equality, Christine actively participates in initiatives like Women in Music Information Retrieval and the Allyship program at CHI.

Arne Bathke
University of Salzburg
Anna Zo
Music Tech Europe

Anna Zò is operations manager at Music Innovation Hub, responsible of MusicTech-related activities, project leader of the EU-funded acceleration program for music startups Music Tech Europe Academy and co-director of Linecheck Music Meeting and Festival. Co-founder of Next Stage Challenge Hackathon and Music Tech Europe Network, Anna is part of the team that has developed the new BA/BSc in Music Business at SAE Institute Milan, where she is also active as Lecturer as well as at Bocconi University. With a strong focus on CCIs and a business background (Master Graduate in CCIs Management), she has also been managing projects in different cultural fields, such as visual arts (in London) and cinema (in Paris).

Hannes Schalle
Moonlake TV

Hannes Michael Schalle, originating from Austria, is a multifaceted talent in the film industry, holding roles as a director, writer, producer, and film composer.

Throughout his career, Schalle has created and produced over 50 film projects, both fiction and non-fiction. He has composed music for more than 70 film scores and has produced hundreds of music videos for major record labels. Additionally, he developed his own music TV show, "Classic Cuts," for ZDF / 3sat. His collaborations extend to working with artists and actors who are recipients of Grammy, Emmy, and Tony awards. Schalle is also a distinguished elected member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

He has also directed commercials for high-profile clients such as UBS, Deutsche Telekom, Chanel, Samsung, and the notable "Star Wars. Made GREAT in Britain" campaign. Schalle's production label, Moonlake Entertainment, operates in the UK, Germany, and Austria. It is renowned for its globally sold productions, including titles like “Lauda - The Untold Story,” “The Green Hell,” “Silent Night - A Song For The World,” “Karajan The Maestro and his Festival,” and “Beethoven X – The AI Project.”

In 2022, he was involved in the production of a new music-themed show, “The Sounds Of Music Revisited,” which is being produced in Los Angeles and Salzburg.

Frank Gerdes
Servus TV

Frank Gerdes has been a part of ServusTV's cultural department in Austria since July 2009, taking on the role of Head of the department in 2010. Operating from Salzburg, he plays a key role in developing and producing television programs for the channel. This includes a range of award-winning documentaries like "Traces to Nowhere – The Conductor Carlos Kleiber" (2010) and "Karajan – The Second Life" (2012). Before joining ServusTV, Gerdes was engaged in project development at EuroArts Music International. There, he was involved in the creation and production of various cultural TV programs, including performance projects and documentaries, as well as major international projects such as "24 hours Mozart" and "24 hours Bach".

Maia Wiest
Pianini App

Maia Wiest, Founder and CEO of pianini, is a notable figure in music education innovation. With a background as a music enthusiast and composer, she's renowned for modernizing music teaching. Maia established successful piano academies in Hong Kong and Shanghai, demonstrating her practical expertise.

Her visionary project, pianini, seamlessly blends children's gaming with piano learning and comprehensive music education. This digital platform revolutionizes the way young students engage with and understand music. Maia's commitment to accessible and enjoyable music education has positioned her as a leading authority in the field, shaping the future of music learning for the next generation.

Kathleen Alder
WildKat PR

Kathleen Alder, born in Hamburg and raised in a very musical household, established the creative agency WildKat at the age of 24 in 2008. With initial offices in London and Berlin, it's expanding to LA, New York, Paris, and soon Hong Kong, after receiving significant funding from Edition Capital. WildKat offers a range of services including PR, marketing, and branding for clients like Bamberg Symphony and the Korean Embassy's Cultural Institute.

In 2015, Kathleen launched the Noted fellowship to support emerging arts administrators, and in 2018, joined the Voice Foundation as a Trustee, contributing to its 25th anniversary and fundraising campaigns. She's recognized in PR Weeks’ 29 under 29 and was a Women of the Future Award nominee. Fluent in English, German, French, and Spanish, Kathleen started PostKultur in 2020, delivering curated cultural experiences in boxes, supporting artists and projects.

Ivan Rektor
Central European Institute of Technology–CEITEC, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Dr. Ivan Rektor is a Professor at Masaryk University in Brno/Czechia and leads the Movement Disorders Centre and the Neuroscience Centre at CEITEC (Central European Institute of Technology). He also coordinates the Brain and Mind Research Program and heads the Multimodal and Functional Imaging Research Group.

Educated at the University of Brno, Dr. Rektor has extensively researched movement disorders, epilepsy, and cognitive neurophysiology, including work on a baboon myoclonus in France and intracerebral recordings in Paris. He chaired the Neurology Department at Masaryk University from 1992 to 2012 and served as vice-rector from 2006 to 2011.

A founding member of the Czech Medical Academy and editor-in-chief of 'Neurologie pro praxi', Dr. Rektor is also on several editorial boards. He has organized numerous neurology and epilepsy conferences and courses across Europe and Asia. A member of various neurological societies, he chaired the Danube Symposium for Neurological Sciences and was President of the European Society for Clinical Neuropharmacology. Awarded for his contributions to epileptology, he chaired the European Congress in Clinical Neurophysiology in Brno in 2015.

Arne Dietrich
American University of Beirut

Dr. Dietrich is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon. He is a cognitive neuroscientist and his work focuses on the neural basis of (1) creativity and flow, (2) psychological changes induced by physical exercise, and (3) altered states of consciousness.

He is most known for the transient hypofrontality theory (THT), the dismantling of neuroimaging studies of creativity, as well as evolution and prediction models of creative thinking. He is the author of two books (‘Introduction to Consciousness’ and ‘How Creativity Happens in the Brain’) and over 60 scientific articles. Arne Dietrich has given a large number invited talks and keynote addresses around the world and his work has been featured prominently in the international press, including the BBC, CNN, Guardian, New York Times, Scientific American, Times, The Atlantic, and National Geographic.

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