Christian Utz studied composition, piano, and music theory in Vienna and Karlsruhe;
he is professor for music theory and music analysis at the University of the
Arts in Graz/Austria. In 2000, Utz received a PhD degree at the Institute
for Musicology at Vienna University with a thesis on New Music and Interculturality.
From John Cage to Tan Dun (published in 2002 by Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart
In 1998, he founded AsianCultureLink to enhance intercultural exchange between
European and Asian countries. He initiated collaborations between Taiwanese/Chinese
and European musicians and composers. His research project on the “Relationship
between Traditional and Contemporary Music in Taiwan“ in 2000 was supported
by the Fondation Sino-Française pour l'Education et la Culture, Taipei.
He has been guest editor of ‘Traditional Music and Composition’,
an issue of the journal “the world of music” (Vol. 45/2).
Utz gave numerous lectures in East Asia and Europe and frequently presented
papers at international conferences, his compositions have been performed
by leading ensembles and musicians worldwide.