Alumni News #5 | New Speakers Profiles | Karajan Cinema Classics

Only one more week and we will be gathering in Salzburg for the 2nd edition of our #KarajanMusicTech Conference! It is still possible to register for our conference (March 23rd) or our Blockchain Hackathon (March 21st-22nd).

If you wish to contribute with data, APIs or brain power, please be in touch with me. Please also don’t hesitate to contact me in person if you want to talk to me in advance. I can’t wait to expand our Karajan Music Tech family!

Today, I want to share alumni news from Musimap, GRAMMOFY and KLASSIK underground and introduce some more speakers. If you want to plan your conference day ahead, check out our Main Stage Program. It has recently been published.

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#KarajanMusicTech Alumni News #5

Since last year’s conference, Musimap (AI+HI powered music recommender system for the internet of emotions era) has signed with Vevo, BMG Production Music, SoundtrackYourBrand, Qobuz and Songa. Discover how Musimap will play a pivotal role in today’s digital media economy, the rise of virtual assistants and the general momentum towards world-changing AI:

GRAMMOFY is re-positioning its service as add-on to other full on-demand service like Spotify or Apple Music, acknowledging that most listeners don’t want to pay for the same content twice on different platforms but still seek the expert knowledge and rich user-experience niche-services like Grammofy can offer.

KLASSIK underground has staged three new shows with renowned soloists. The publicly most regognised event has been a production with the Super Deluxe Club in Tokyo. The concert on November 10th 2017 had been the first cooperation between the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra ever and KLASSIK underground’s first show outside Europe. They were joined by the Tokyo artist Akiko Nakayama who is famous for her so-called “Alive Paintings”. Read more about their exceptional gig here or watch the video below.

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Meet the speakers

Alex Olegnowicz is creative technology entrepreneur and innovator based in Toronto and CEO of Symmetrica. He specializes in creative technology solutions for media, entertainment and the arts.

Alex was nominated in 2002 for theEmmy Award in a craft for CGI and Design, as Visual effects producer and collaborated in many award winning productions.

Seda Röder, “the piano hacker”, is an unorthodox musician and leadership consultant specialised in scaling creative output in organisations. She is a sought-after speaker and the co-founder of the Sonophilia network; a global think-tank for creative leadership and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Amongst other things, the think-tank organizes retreats

Rebecca Schmid covers classical music and culture for publications such as the Financial Times, New York Times, Berliner Morgenpostand Das Orchester. Her travels have taken her to world premieres and new productions across Europe, the U.S. and Asia and to interviews with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Peter Sellars and Barbara Hannigan. She has moderated and written program notes for various orchestras, festivals and conferences and curates playlists for the classical streaming platform Idagio. Rebecca is a doctoral candidate at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where she is writing about the compositional reception of Kurt Weill.

Hyung-ki Joo is British-Korean pianist, composer, and one half of the duo Igudesman & Joo. Billy Joel chose Joo to arrange and record his classical piano pieces for the album Fantasies & Delusions. It was recorded at the Mozart-Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, and reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts for eighteen weeks. He had his formal training in the UK at the Yehudi Menuhin School and later at the Manhattan School of Music. As soloist, he has performed with conductors such as Sergiu Commissiona, Andrey Andreev, Rumon Gamba, Daniel Raiskin, and Yehudi Menuhin.

Prof. Dr. Peter Ruzicka took over the Salzburg Easter Festival on 1 July 2015 as Managing Director and Director. The renowned artistic manager, composer, conductor and lawyer has received his early musical training (piano, oboe and composition) at the Hamburg Conservatory. Studies in composition with Hans Werner Henze and Hans Otte. He studied law and musicology in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin. The list of Peter Ruzicka’s compositions includes numerous orchestral and chamber works as well as the opera Celan, which was premiered in Dresden in 2001. His opera Hölderlin was premiered at the Berlin State Opera in 2008. He was appointed professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in 1990. 


Main Stage Announcement

Our Main Stage Program has been published recently. We will discuss the impact of the Blockchain technology on music, how emotions can enhance your brand, immersive audio and much more. Check it out!

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Did you know? Karajan Cinema Classics

Karajan Cinema Classics (picture: Henry Ladewig)

The Karajan Cinema Classics are showcasing Karajan concert recordings in unique remixed quality – both regarding the video and audio quality. The Karajan Institute has partnered with Dolby to use their Atmos® Technology in order to guarantee the highest audio standard. From Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an exhibition” to Smetana’s “The Moldau” – Find out when there is a screening next to your city:









Thank you!

Matthias Röder
Founder of Karajan Music Tech
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Blockchain & Music Hackathon | First speakers announced

Great news! Blockchain Hackathon and first #KarajanMusicTech speakers announced

From doing the very first CD production ever to having the most modern recording studio in the world: Herbert von Karajan had always been a trailblazer when it comes to adapting new technologies.

Since it’s our mission to discover, develop and share future-enabling ideas at the intersection of music, society and tech, we should not miss the discussion about Blockchain technology and how it could potentially improve our lives.

The Eliette and Herbert von Karajan Institute, Open Music Initiative (MIT/Berklee College of Music) and Red Bull Media House are joining forces in a Blockchain Hackathon at the Karajan Music Tech Conference in Salzburg March 21-22. The hackathon will be hosted at Schloss Urstein (University of Applied Sciences Salzburg). Red Bull Media House is inviting hackers to take on their “Music Portfolio Challenge” to build a blockchain-based music micro-licensing platform.


More information about the hackathon can be found here. Tickets can be found here.

We are very excited that Martin Brem (Red Bull Media House), Panos Panay (Berklee College of Music) and George Howard (Open Music Initiative) will join us for the Blockhain panel discussion at #KarajanMusicTech on March 23rd.

Martin Brem started his musical career at a classical boys choir. Later, he was working as musician and singer. His most notable career steps include founding the content agency BIT (Bild & Text), being the Artist & Repertoire manager at IDE (Philip Morris) and taking on the Managing Director position for Columbia Records and Sony Classical. Joining Red Bull Media House in 2012, he now takes responsibility for the company’s global music rights.

Panos Panay founded the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship. There, he is using the concepts of music thinking to teach and innovate. He also founded Sonicbids, a platform where bands can sell gigs and market themselves online. Panos is one of the founders of the Open Music Intitiative.

At GHStrategig, George Howard advises companies on how to integrate technology with strategy. He also cofounded Music Audience Exchange bringing brands and musical artists together. Prior, he worked in the field of independent music. At Berklee College of Music and Brown University, he is giving lessons in marketing, leadership, copyright law and entrepreneurship. By cofounding the Open Music Initiative, he helps creating a blockchain-based open protocol to identify musical rights owners and creators uniformly. Besides contributing frequently to the New York Times, he is also a columnist for Forbes.

I am very excited that we will be contributing to a more efficient and transparent music industry with this initiative. Our goal is to break down data silos in our industry and thereby help artists to get their royalties directly and with maximum transparency.

Please register for the conference now or get in touch with me if you are a startup and would like to apply for the innovation lab.

If you are interested in joining our hackathon as a partner or if you wish to contribute with data, APIs or brain power, please be in touch with me. I would be delighted to take you on board.

With kind wishes,

Matthias Röder
Founder Karajan Music Tech Conference