Arnab B. Chowdhury is a professional composer-musician and third generation from a family of Indian Classical musicians. He is founder of Ninad that offers therapy-specific music composition services. Arnab’s compositions have found their way through theatre, multimedia and films with social, environmental and health concerns which lead to consciousness change. With his team, he collaborates with musicians across cultures, genres and geographies. His musical works synthesize Ragas with harmony, orchestration, electronic sound and sonic elements from nature. He works with therapists and medical practitioners to compose music that can heal. Arnab has developed a music therapy programme – ‘Know Your Rhythm’. This programme has reached schools for children with special needs, special educators, school and college teachers, therapists, policy makers and medical practitioners at hospitals. Arnab is a performing artist (tabla, piano). Prior to Ninad, he has worked as computer music composer with MIT Media Lab’s ‘Music, Mind and Machine Group’ exploring music cognition.


Dr. Anke Coomans, LUCA School of Arts, Psychiatric Center KU Leuven / Zuyd University, Heerlen

Anke Coomans gained her Master Degree in music therapy at LUCA-School of Arts, campus Leuven in 2002. In 2016 she completed her PhD in music therapy at Aalborg University, Denmark. She works at the University Psychiatric Center KU Leuven, where she specialises in clinical music therapy work with persons with severe dementia. Anke combines her clinical work with a position of assistant at the master training course for music therapy at the LUCA-School of Arts, campus Lemmens, Leuven (Belgium) and at the Bachelor training course for arts therapy at Zuyd University, Heerlen (The Netherlands).


Prof. Dr. Ian Cross, Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge

Ian Cross teaches in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge, where he is Professor and Director of the Centre for Music and Science, leading a lively group of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in exploring music, its materials and its effects from a wide range of scientific perspectives. His early research helped set the agenda for the study of music cognition; he has since published widely in the field of music and science, from the psychoacoustics of violins to the evolutionary roots of musicality. His current research follows two tracks in focusing on exploring relationships between speech and music as interactive media, and on the effects of engagement in group musical activities on children's capacity for empathy. He is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and is also a guitarist.


Mona Dür, PhD, MSc, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems

Mona Dür, PhD, MSc is occupational therapist and since 2014 lecturer and researcher at the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, and senior researcher at the Josef Ressel Centre for Horizons of personalised music therapy. Mona Dür is the leader of two research projects at the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems and at the department of paediatrics and adolescent of the Medical University of Vienna. Both research projects are multicentre studies on occupational balance, which accrues when an individual is satisfied with the mixture of various occupations, such as doing things one wants and those one has to do. Mona Dür's activity promotes the consideration of patients’ and caregivers’ perspectives and needs in the transdisciplinary healthcare, in the national and international context with a special focus in outcomes- and health services research and occupational therapy and science.

Prof. Dr. Jaakko Erkkilä, PhD, University of Jyväskylä

Dr. Jaakko Erkkilä is professor of music therapy at University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He runs music therapy master’s training and two clinical music therapy trainings. At the moment his research focuses on improvisational music therapy for depression and anxiety and he runs an Academy of Finland project on the topic.


Prof. Dr. Jörg Fachner, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge

Jörg Fachner had been working in Germany and Finland before he started his job as a Professor for Music, Health and the Brain at the “Anglia Ruskin University” in Cambridge, Great Britain. In the 1990ies he started off with his professorship for qualitative research in medicine where he worked together with David Aldridge at the School of Medicine at the “Universität Witten/Herdecke” in Germany. For his doctorate in 2014, he examined the neural correlates of the consciousness triggered by listening to music. As a musician he was connected to the Nordoff/Robbins music therapy training which gave him the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of their improvisational procedures and their thinking. While working in the same faculty and in the same building as his colleagues from the physiology specialisation, he had the inspired idea to combine neuroscience and music sciences in order to better understand music therapy. After his relocation to Finland in 2008, he conducted a research on 79 depressive clients. By using an EEG device, he measured the impacts of music therapy treatments on the electrical brain current flow. The results of this study were published in several high-ranking journals. In addition, several streams of data were analysed. His current research attends to biological markers and their implications about treatments in the field of music therapy.


Dr. Katrien Foubert, PhD, Leuven, Belgium

Katrien Foubert received her master in music (violin) from Conservatoire de Bruxelles. She specialised in music therapy in LUCA, School of Arts, association KU Leuven, Belgium where she obtained her master. After her studies, she was appointed as music therapist at the University Psychiatric Centre KU Leuven, campus Kortenberg on a setting for patients with a personality disorder. In 2012, she started as ass. prof. in the Bachelor and Master training course music therapy at LUCA, School of Arts, Belgium. In her doctoral studies, she focuses on the study of musical joint improvisation in music therapy with patients with a borderline personality disorder. Foubert is targeting the mechanisms of interpersonal synchronisation and attunement, focusing on the association between interpersonal functioning and musical interaction. Katrien Foubert received grants for her research work from the foundation Vocatio and from OPaK (research in the arts). As violinist, she is a member of the professional chamber music ensemble Odysseia. In 2016, she linked her scientific work with her work as artistic performer with the project ‘Between Improvisation and Composition’, which was finalised as a scientific concert performance and a CD recording.


Dr. Mei Yan Miranda Fung

Vice president of Guqin Health Cultivation Association

HK Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner

* PhD of China Academy of Chinese Medicine Sciences, (Major Research on Psychology of Chinese Medicine and Music Therapy )

* Master Degree of Guangzhou TCM University, major in Dermatology

BHSC (Chi. Med.) RMIT University in Australia

* Prof. Dip in Chi. Med. Baptist University in HK


MMMag. Monika Geretsegger, PhD, The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre (GAMUT), Uni Research Health, Bergen

Monika Geretsegger, PhD; music therapist, clinical and health psychologist, based in Vienna. Senior researcher at GAMUT – The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre, Uni Research Health, Bergen/Norway, where her research activities focus on effectiveness and applicability of music therapy in the fields of developmental disorders and mental health. In her clinical work, she specialises in adults with mental health problems – working in an Austrian hospital department for social psychiatry (Landesklinikum Hollabrunn) since 2006 – , and in autism, having worked with children and adolescents in private practice in Vienna for ten years. She received her PhD in music therapy from Aalborg University, Denmark, in 2015, and previously gained Master-equivalent degrees in music therapy (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, 2005), linguistics, and psychology (University of Vienna, 2008 and 2009). Board member of ÖBM – Austrian Association of Music Therapists since 2008, acting as president from 2010 to 2016. Member of the organising committee for the 10th European Music Therapy Conference “A Symphony of Dialogues” which took place in Vienna in July 2016. She has so far presented various aspects of her clinical, scientific, and advocacy work within music therapy at congresses and universities in nine European countries as well as in Australia, South Korea, and the USA.


Dr. Satinder Gill, University of Cambridge

Satinder Gill is a Research Affiliate with the CMS (Centre for Music and Science), Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge. She received her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge in 1995, after which followed post doctoral positions at NTT Basic Research Labs, Japan, CKIR (Centre for Knowledge and Innovation Research) Helsinki, Finland, and Stanford University (USA), a Senior Research Fellowship at Middlesex University, London, Visiting Scholarship with the Computing Lab at Cambridge University, and her current affiliation with the CMS. Her research investigates the processes underlying knowledge transfer in human interaction, dialogue as improvisation, culture and communication, the dynamics of technologically-mediated interaction, and the ethics and aesthetics of engagement. She has recently published a book with Springer on Tacit Engagement: Beyond Interaction (2015), and is Associate Editor with AI & Society: Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Communication.


Prof. Dr. Christian Gold, The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre (GAMUT), Uni Research Health, Bergen

Christian Gold, PhD, is Principal Researcher at GAMUT – The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre, Uni Research Health, Bergen, Norway. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Bergen and at Aalborg University, Denmark. He serves as the Editor of the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy and as Associate Editor of the Cochrane Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Group. He received his music therapy degree at Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts in 1996 and his PhD from Aalborg University in 2003. His research programme has contributed to the evidence base for the effectiveness of music therapy in mental health. He has been the principal investigator for several randomised controlled trials on music therapy, including international multicentre trials, in the fields of depression, autism, dementia, severe mental illness, and offenders. He has authored systematic reviews and meta-analyses of music therapy in mental health. In addition, he has published process-outcome research and reviews of research methodology. His work has been cited more than 3800 times, with an h-index of 27.


Astrid Maria Heine, MSc, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems

Astrid Maria Heine graduated in the Bachelor and Master Programme ‘Music Therapy’ at IMC University of Applied Sciences in Krems. As music therapist and research assistant, she was working in neuro-rehabilitation and examined changes in brain activity and behavior in patients with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (UWS). Currently, she is working in the Josef Ressel Centre at IMC University Krems, focusing on neuronal correlates of therapeutic relationship and interaction.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hillecke, SRH University Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hillecke is Vice Dean of the School of Therapeutic Sciences at SRH University Heidelberg and the head of the master-programmes in music therapy and dance- and movement-therapy. Additionally he is Visiting Professor at the IMC University Krems. He is educated as psychologist and psychotherapist. Amongst others, his research interests are music therapy research, pain research and research methodology.


Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jin Hyun Kim, Humboldt University of Berlin

Jin Hyun Kim, PhD, is an assistant professor of Systematic Musicology at Humboldt University of Berlin. She was Researcher at the German cluster of excellence “Languages of Emotion” and Junior Fellow in Neurosciences and Cognitive Sciences at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, among others. Currently, she is Speaker of the study group “Key Topics in Basic Music Research: Interdisciplinary Music Research and Philosophy of Music Today” funded by the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study and a member of the Einstein research centre “Chronoi.” Since September 2016, she is conducting a joint neurophenomenological project on empathic musical expressiveness funded by the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin.


Univ. Prof. Dr. Henriette Löffler-Stastka, Medical University Vienna

04/01/2016 Deputy Dean for Postgraduate Education and Training, Medical University Vienna; Head of the HCM-MBA-Program, MedUni Vienna

03/01/2013 Head of the Advanced Postgraduate Program of Psychotherapy Research

05/31/2012 Associate Professor at the Department of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Medical University Vienna

2011-2014 Head of Curricular development BA Health sciences and MA Humanmedizin at Karl Landsteiner Private University/Krems

06/29/2010 Venia docendi (Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychiatry) – Medical University Vienna

10/23/2008 Specialist for Psychiatry and Psychotherapeutic Medicine

2007-2011 Deputy Head of the Department of Psychosomatics in Gynaecology

12/15/2002 Specialist for Psychiatry

12/2000 University assistant at the Department of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy


Dr Magee is a Professor of Music Therapy at Temple University, Philadelphia having practiced in neurological rehabilitation since 1988 as a music therapy clinician, researcher, manager and trainer (USA, UK, Ireland and Australia). She is widely published in peer-reviewed journals spanning neuroscience, medicine, rehabilitation, psychology, music therapy, music psychology and health sociology. She has a particular interest in evidence-based practice in neuro-rehabilitation, being lead author on the recent Cochrane Review of music interventions for acquired brain injury. Her other major research topics include music as a diagnostic and assessment tool for disorders of consciousness, and the emerging theory and practice for incorporating digital music technologies in healthcare, with her edited book Music Technology in Therapeutic and Health Settings published by Jessica Kingsley Publications.


Dr. Clemens Maidhof, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge

Dr. Clemens Maidhof is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge (UK). Before that, he worked at the University of Cologne, Germany, the Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research in Helsinki/Jyvaskyla, and at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. He holds an MA in Musicology from the University of Cologne and a PhD in Psychology from the ‘Freie Universitat Berlin’, Germany. Clemens Maidhof research interests are in the cognitive neurosciences of music. He has published papers about error monitoring in music performance, utilizing EEG, 3D motion capture and musical (MIDI) data. He has also conducted research on the neural mechanisms underlying syntactic processing of music and language and the effects of attention on these processes. His current primary research interests are the neural dynamics underlying music improvisation during therapy, for which he combines music therapy research with approaches from social cognitive neuroscience.


Dr. Orii McDermott, Aalborg University

Orii McDermott, PhD MMT Dip-MT ARCM BA is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham and the Doctoral Programme in Music Therapy, Aalborg University, Denmark. She specialises in dementia psychosocial research: particularly in music therapy and music-based interventions, outcome measure development and evaluation. The Music in Dementia Assessment Scales (MiDAS) that she developed as a doctoral study is currently being translated into five different languages and is used in over ten countries. She is a HCPC registered music therapist and continues to work as a clinician in Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. She is a member of INTERDEM (Early detection and timely intervention in dementia).


Dr. Viktor Müller, Max-Planck-Institute: Center of Lifespan Psychology

Viktor Müller has over 20 years of experience in Electrophysiology and Neuroscience focusing on the study of lifespan changes in neuronal and behavioral mechanisms as well as interpersonal action coordination. He received his PhD in Psychology at the University of Tübingen, Germany. From 1993 to 2000, he worked as Research Scientist at the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of Tübingen, where he received the Nordmark Neuropharmaka Award for Behavioral Research in Parkinson's Disease. From 2000 to 2002, he worked in the collaborative project between the MEG Center and the Physiological Institute of the University of Tübingen on the effects of water drinking on the cortical excitability in humans using MEG (magnetoencephalography). From 2002 to 2004, he joined the School of Psychology at Saarland University, and worked with Ulman Lindenberger on lifespan differences in electrocortical activity using EEG (electroencephalography) methods. In 2004, he moved to Berlin and started the EEG Lab at the Center of Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Presently he is the head of the EEG Lab and the Principal Investigator of the project “Interactive Brains, Social Minds” at the Center of Lifespan Psychology. His project group is working on the inter-brain synchronization (IBS) during interpersonal action coordination. His current scientific interests are focused on lifespan psychology and electrophysiology, nonlinear brain dynamics, synchronization phenomena, graph-theoretical approach, and neuronal networks. 


Prof. Dr. Lutz Neugebauer, Nordoff / Robbins Zentrum Witten

Music therapist, graduate of the Nordoff Robbins Centre, London (City, University of London). After graduation worked in paediatric psychiatry at Herdecke hospital, helping to establish a number of areas of practice. Completed doctorate (Doctor rerum medicinalium), received honorary professorship. Head of the Institute for Music Therapy at Witten/Herdecke University for many years; established the Nordoff Robbins Centre, Witten. Current focus is work with children and teenagers with and without disabilities in the centre’s clinic and in partner schools as part of an inclusion programme. Recognised with an Echo special award for social engagement in 2017. Voluntary work as director of the German Music Therapy Association and the Andreas Tobias Children’s Foundation in Hamburg.


Mag. Dr. Noseck-Licul, Agency of alternative medicine AGEM GmbH, Krems

Michaela Noseck-Licul is a cultural anthropologist who has been involved in various projects focusing on the effectiveness and safety of complementary medicine. Since 2015 she has headed the Agentur für Erfahrungsmedizin (Empirical Medicine Agency), which advises insurance companies, therapists associations and public health authorities on quality assurance measures. She lectures on the Ethics for Music Therapists and The Anthropology of Healing courses at IMC Krems.


Dr. Giacomo Novembre, MSc, University College London

Giacomo Novembre is a neuroscientist working at University College London. He studied philosophy (BA) and neuroscience (MSc, PhD) in Italy (San-Raffaele University, Milan), the Netherlands (Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen) and Germany (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig). He held post-doctoral and lectureship positions in Australia (MARCS institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Sydney) and UK (UCL, London). His research utilises music as a model to explore the neurocognitive mechanisms that underpin action-perception coupling in the human brain. He explores this topic in the context of social interactions such as imitation and inter-personal coordination, using neuroimaging techniques such as EEG and Brain Stimulation (TMS, tACS). 


Dr Helen Odell-Miller OBE is a Professor of Music Therapy, and Director of the Music Therapy Research Centre at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Her research and clinical work has contributed to establishing music therapy as a profession, over 40 years and specifically to innovating approaches in adult mental health and dementia. Helen has published and lectured widely, and has been a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences in Europe, Australia and the USA. She has worked with parliament and the government advising on music therapy. She is co-editor and an author for the books Supervision of Music Therapy (Jessica Kingsley 2009), Forensic Music Therapy (Routledge 2013), and Collaboration and Assistance in Music Therapy (2016). She has published widely in national and international peer reviewed journals and authored many book chapters.


Mag. Philipp Österreicher, IMC Fachhochschule Krems

Philipp Österreicher works as a clinical and health psychologist at Sanatorium Hera hospital, and as a psychotherapist for behaviour therapy with an independent practice in Vienna, focusing on clinical psychology diagnosis, treatment and providing expert opinions. He also holds qualifications in occupational and emergency psychology from the Professional Association of Austrian Psychologists (Berufsverband Österreichischer PsychologInnen, BÖP) and Sigmund Freud University. Since 2016 he has taught quantitative research methods and principles of neuropsychology at IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, and carried out research at the Josef Ressel Centre for establishing principles of personalised music therapy. His research focus is investigation of biological and psychological correlates of empathy.


Born in Innsbruck Susanne Perkhofer studied Microbiology and Medical Sciences after she had graduated from her study to become Biomedical Analyser. In 2009 her research activities inter alia resulted in a research stay at the Institute Pasteur in Paris. Her research and presentation activities were repeatedly honored. In 2011 she habilitated in the field of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology at the Medical University Innsbruck. Since 2011 Susanne Perkhofer has been Head of Research and Scientific Director and since 2012 Deputy of Head of the Board at the University of Applied Sciences in Innsbruck, Tyrol. She is member of several national and international panels and reviews for international scientific journals. Numerous publications in national and international journals, lectures and talks, chairs as well as third-party funds reflect her lively and well connected research activities.


Prof. Dr. Eric Pfeifer is a music therapist, teacher and educationalist, practitioner for psychotherapy (systemic therapy and logo therapy), prizewinning composer, musician and researcher and professor for aesthetics and communication. His special emphasis is on music at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Freiburg, Germany. Website:; Mail:


Dr. Paolo Pizziolo, Anglia Ruskin University

Double bass player and music therapist. Post graduate Diploma in Music Therapy (University of Bristol) ; MA (UWE-Bristol). Currently music therapy PhD student at Anglia Ruskin University – Cambridge UK, since September 2015. He has worked with people with demetia since 2002 (Italian NHS Day Care Center Civette in Florence – Italy) and also in mental health and with eating disorder clients in Florence - Italy


Barbara Reinthaller was trained as a flutist at the University of Music and Performing Arts ­Vienna, later she graduated as primary school teacher and worked as a Clinic-Clown for ten years, in Children’s Hospitals and in geriatrics. The art of authentic, expectation-free, spirited and enchanting personal encounter has always been the focal point of her work. Today, Barbara Reinthaller (known as Barbara Pachl-Eberhart) works as author (i.a. the bestselling book „vier minus drei“), teacher for creative writing and facilitator of dialogue. She accompanies people who search for authentic expression, asking „What do you want to say that is even more important than silence?“


started his artistic career in Vienna’s Mozart Boys’ Choir, today he works as actor (Burgtheater Wien, Theater in der Josefstadt, films and TV series) an as a facilitator of dialogue. He is founder of the dialogue festival „Dialogikum Phönixberg“ with annual topical themes like „Mystics, Art and Science“ (2014) and „ Awareness and Education – The learning individual in his and her surroundings“ (2015). As an actor, Ulrich Reinthaller deals with the interpretation of predefined lines. Facilitating dialogue, he opens up a space for speech and thoughts yet unsaid, unheard and unthought. The joy that he finds in the musicality and aesthetics of interpersonal relationships and the listening to subtle nuances of speech and behaviour are landmark themes in his facilitating work.


Prof. Dr. K.R. Sethuraman, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry

Since April 2013 Professor K.R. Sethuraman is the Vice Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (, an accredited varsity of health sciences at Puducherry, India. Earlier, he was the Dean of Medicine and Deputy VC at AIMST University, Malaysia from 2006 to 2013. Prior to that, he was in the medical faculty at JIPMER ( since 1981 and left in 2006 as Director-Professor & Head of Medicine. He also headed the Department of Medical Education & National Teacher Training Centre during 1996-2006. He has been an expert-member for a government panel on medical education in Malaysia and a training consultant for the World-Bank-aided health systems projects of India (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Orissa). He was a temporary advisor to WHO for the “HRH meet” at Cape Town, South Africa (2004), “Psycho-social Issues meet” at Bangkok (2005) and the First South Asian Conference on PG medical education, Colombo (2005). He has authored 45 peer-reviewed papers, over 60 invited papers, and over 100 presentations in various conferences/workshops in India, Malaysia, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka & Thailand. He has authored nine books and a WHO-funded video, "Push, Promote or Educate". His current interests include Salutogenesis and optimal healing environment.


Dr. Patrick Simon, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems

Dr. Patrick Simon is general practitioner and music therapist. Since 2016 he is director of the music therapy programs at the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems and postdoctoral research fellow at the Josef Ressel Zentrum for horizons of personalized music therapy. His scientific interests include amoung others regulatory processes, chronibiological aspects in the field of music therapy and psycho-physiological research methodes. In a recent researchproject he is primarily focused on causal links between individual readiness for therapy and ultradian activity cycles.


Dr. Neta Spiro, Nordoff Robbins Centre, Cambridge, UK

Dr Neta Spiro is Head of Research at Nordoff Robbins and teaches at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge. Her background is in music and cognitive sciences and her research has previously explored the relationships between music theory, therapy, performance and perception. Her current research is in two broad themes: the effects of music and music therapy; and communication and collaboration in music.


Univ. Prof. Dr. Tanja Stamm, Medical University Vienna

Tanja Stamm is a Professor for Outcomes Research at the Medical University of Vienna. Professor Stamm takes a keen interest in outcomes measures and the WHO Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health in rheumatology, rehabilitation and other chronic conditions. Following her completion of degrees in occupational therapy and education undertaken in Vienna, she completed a further postgraduate program in Business and Management and a PhD in the field of patient-reported outcomes. She has published over 120 scientific publications. Additionally, Professor Stamm was project leader on the Gender, Occupational balance and Immunology (GOBI) study from 2008 to 2013 and several other studies relating to the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health. Since June 2016, Tanja is vice president elect for Health Professionals in Rheumatology of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)


Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry

Dr. Sumathy Sundar is the Director of Center for Music Therapy Education and Research (CMTER), Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry, India and she is also the Director of Chennai School of Music Therapy. At CMTER, she has developed a one year Post Graduate Diploma Program and a two year Master’s degree in Medical Music Therapy. She is also the recognized Ph.D. guide for the ensuing doctoral program in music therapy at CMTER from Sep. 2017. She is currently the Chair, Education and Training Commission of World Federation of Music Therapy. She is also one of the founding members of the International Association for Music and Medicine and currently a member of the Board of Directors. She is on the editorial board of the 1) Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2) Journal of the Basic, Clinical and Applied Health Sciences, 3) Music and Medicine and 4) Music Therapy Today. She regularly presents during the national and international conferences on music therapy and music and medicine and has published a wide range of articles and book chapters in national and International Journals. Her current interests are to scientifically validate traditional music healing practices for clinical applications.


Prof. Dr. Urazali Tashmatov, State Institute of Art und Culture, Usbekistan

I was born on May 2, 1956 in the Tashkent region (Republic of Uzbekistan). After finishing 8 classes in 1971 I entered the Tashkent College of Culture, which I graduated in 1974 and entered the Tashkent State Institute of Culture. After the successful graduation from the institute (in 1978 )I stayed as a teacher at this institute. In 1978-1980 served in the ranks of the Armed Forces. In 1997 I became the head of the department of Orchestral Conducting, in 1998 I was approved in the academic rank of associate professor. From 2002 to 2011 worked in the system of the Ministry of Culture of Uzbekistan as a director of the Methodical and Information Center, the head of the Education Department, the head of the department of folk art, the director of the Republican Center for Folk Art. All these years, combined the main work with pedagogical work in the State Institute of Culture. In 2007 I was confirmed in the rank of professor. In 2011 returned to teaching work and headed the chair of Traditional singing faculty. In 2012, after the establishment of the State Institute of Arts and Culture, I became head of Folk Art and National Singing faculty, since 2015 I am the Head of the Department of Instrumental Performance. I published 1 textbook, 1 monograph, 9 work books and 4 collections, more than 50 scientific articles (4 of them abroad). I am an international expert on intangible cultural heritage. In this regard, over the past 10 years, I have visited such countries as Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, France, Namibia, where I participated in many meetings, symposias and sub-regional conferences in this area. Currently, I participate in two international and two national projects on intangible cultural heritage. My hobby is a collection of folk musical instruments and playing them. At the moment I have a small collection of such instruments, in which there are more than 50 folk instruments of different nationalities. I am married and have 2 children, 1 grandson and 2 granddaughters.


Mag. Julia Vogl, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems

Julia Vogl got her master’s degree from the University of Vienna in a combined study of Social & Cultural Anthropology, African Studies and Experimental Physics. During her master studies she spent one year at the University in London at the School for Oriental and African Studies where she studied Computational Linguistics, African Music and African Languages. After that she used to work as a software engineer and researcher for IBM in Austria (Vienna), Germany (Böblingen) and the USA (Bocaraton, Ithaca) in Speech Technology Research and Development. She was trained in physical theatre and expression dance at the Art Studio Antaris, Vienna based on the model of the Sardinian theater “Akroama”. In 2009 she started doing ethnographic fieldwork with music therapists, accompanying them during their practice at a hospital and a rehab center. Her PhD studies and current research interests are based in the field of neuroanthropology, doing experimental research in ritual theory and using a mixed-method approach in music therapy research.


Mag. Dr. Claudia Wenzel, IMC Fachhochschule Krems

Dr. Claudia Wenzel, clinical and health psychologist. 2006-2012 at the Institute for Palliative Care, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt Graz Vienna; since 2012 working in teaching and research at the Department Health Sciences and since 2016 at the Josef Ressel Centre at IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems. International and interdisciplinary publications and lectures on palliative care and alternative and complementary therapy, with a focus on music therapy.