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
+43 67646 77 111 |

Startup Competition

The Eliette & Herbert von Karajan Institute and Silicon Castles announce the Karajan Music Tech Startup Competition. The prize will be awarded during the annual Karajan Music Tech Conference in Salzburg on March 23, 2018.

Music and Media Tech Startups are invited to participate in the Karajan Music Tech Startup Competition. All startups that participate in the Innovation Lab of the conference are eligible to join the competition.


First Prize: Ticket to Silicon Castles Startup Executive Academy in June 29 – July 4 with faculty from Stanford University Business School, Kauffman Fellows and international top managers. (Value: 5,000 EUR)

Second Prize: Participation at Sonophilia Retreat 2018; the private meeting point of leaders from arts, sciences, business and tech. (Value: 690 EUR)

Third Prize: Space in the Innovation Lab for next year’s Karajan Music Tech Conference. (Value: 500 EUR)



Eva Wimmers (President Huawei/HONOR Europe)

Andreas Spechtler (Founder Silicon Castles, formerly President Dolby International)

Seda Röder (Founder of Sonophilia)

Matthias Röder (Eliette & Herbert von Karajan Institute)


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Startups need to submit the following documentation until March 16th online:

  • Pitch Deck
  • Founders’ Bios
  • Stage of Funding
  • Further supporting documentation and links to videos as necessary

See you soon!


Alumni News #3 | New speakers | Trend Update

Only three more weeks to go until the 2nd edition of our #KarajanMusicTech Conference! I’m greatly looking forward to welcoming many of you on March 23rd in Salzburg and discussing trends in Music & Tech. Now, it is the best time to announce a substantial number of our speakers. We are delighted to be joined by these outstanding people. Plus, I also share two of our Alumni Stories and some interesting news from the world of #MusicTech with you.

Wihin the next two weeks, we will announce our complete list of panels and speeches and also give you an introduction to our new speakers. In the meantime, you may have a look at our Blockchain Panel we’ve already announced.

12 new speakers announced

Richard Gooch: CTO, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry

Ole Baekhoe: Director, Pierre Boulez Saal

Christopher Widauer: Head of Digital Development, Vienna State Opera

Jana Posth: Senior Project Manager, phase 7 performing.arts

Aurélia Azoulay: Head of Marketing & Business Development, Newzik

Christian Lorenz: Managing Artistic Director, Beethoven Anniversary Society

Seda Röder: Founder, Sonophilia

Sasha Borovik: Head of the Blockchain Advisory Group, Cryptology AG

Sven Sören Beyer: Artistic Director & Founder, phase 7 performing.arts

Paul Fournier: Senior Internal Audit Manager, RTL Group

Nicolas Mosimann: Partner, Kellerhals Carrard

Thomas Reiche: Public Relations, Dresdner Kreuzchor

David Bahanovich: cellist, music director and academic

Alumni News #3

The Silk Road Cultural Belt and the Conference of the Birds have been visited by so far 870.000 people from all over the world. 19.7% of them are visiting the platform on a regular base. The Silk Road Symphony Orchestra and the Silk Road Cultural Belt have won the ‘Land der Ideen 2017‘ Award by a number of performances in Berlin including the Berlin Global Forum in November 2017.

Just enjoy the music! Social Media Thomas has visited Sennheiser’s Berlin Store and listened to Herbert von Karajan’s 1963 version of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and other masterpieces via Sennheiser’s Orpheus. This headphone including amplifier is considered the world’s most elaborate headphone system and costs around 50.000 Euros. In 2017, Sennheiser has exhibited this headphone type at our very first #KarjanMusicTech conference in Salzburg. If you enjoy HiFi music, get inspired in Sennheiser’s Berlin flagship store!

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Did you know?

Music for programping
At our first edition of #KarajanMusicTech last spring, we already learnt that music can be beneficial for your health by helping the treatment of depression. But for many of us, music is also a way to get the flow while working at the PC. I just found a dedicated list of music for those who want to stay focused while programming the next winning app or writing a blog post, called musicForProgramming. Of course, you may also listen to it when you clean your house. They claim to ‘aid concentration and increase productivity’. Let’s give it a try!

Anti-noice-canelling headphones
On tuesday, I visited the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. There, I recognised a very interesting piece of technology: the Sony Xperia Ear Duo. This device truly is relevant to the field of #MusicTech because it helps you to stay connected to the physical world while being drawn into music. In contrast to noice-cancelling headphones, it is adding sounds that are surrounding you to the music you are listening to. So it could be seen as a layer of reality that is added to your musical experience. It helps you not to miss important updates from the real world. Have a look at this impressive video showcasing how it works.

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To join our conference, please click here. Or get in touch with me if you are a startup and would like to apply for the innovation lab. Please also sign up for our Blockchain Hackathon (March 21st/22nd) – either as participant or partner. 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.

Thank you!

Matthias Röder
Founder Karajan Music Tech Conference
+43 676 46 77 111 | matthias.roeder[at]