I am a musicologist and cultural historian. I specialize in critical aesthetics and social history of music with a particular emphasis on nineteenth- and twentieth-century European culture and the intersection between historical and interdisciplinary research approaches. My interest in intermediality and technology has been focused on music and literature and music and science as well as the significance of media technology in disseminating political and propaganda music. Being a native speaker of Hebrew, I have additional expertise in Jewish ethnomusicology and Israeli art and popular music.
I studied musicology and music theory at Tel-Aviv University and at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. I wrote my doctoral dissertation at the Humboldt University of Berlin under the supervision of Christian Kaden (1946-2015), founder and long-time director of the Chair of Music Sociology and Social History of Music. My first monograph, Orakelnde Musik: Schönberg, der Fortschritt und die Avantgarde (Kassel: Bärenreiter 2013), deals with Arnold Schoenberg and philosophical and scientific notions of musical progress. For 2014 and 2015, I have been awarded a Newton International Fellowship at the University of Cambridge to work on a project dealing with music and Marxist aesthetics in the former East Germany (the topic of my current book-in-progress).
I taught and held research positions at Tel-Aviv University, at Humboldt University, at Berlin University of Arts, and at the University of Cambridge. I am a recipient of a Music & Letters Award and have awarded the Austrian Musicological Society’s 2015 Publication Prize. I was a visiting scholar at the Simon Dubnow Institute of Leipzig University and the Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel. My research was supported by fellowships and grants from the City Council of Munich, the Minerva Foundation (Max Planck Society), the German National Academic Foundation (Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme), the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna, and more.
In 2010, I launched the website of the Royal Musical Association Music & Philosophy Study Group. I served as the website editor until 2015. I currently serve as the Study Group’s International Coordinator for German-speaking countries and Israel.