Artists biographies
Holger Noltze

Holger Noltze was born in Essen. He studied German and Spanish language and literature as well as history in Bochum and Madrid, and graduated with a thesis about the Parzival novel by Wolfram von Eschenbach. Starting in 1990 he was the editor and presenter of various cultural programmes on WDR Radio; in 1995 he became a correspondent for the Bayreuth Festival. From 1997 onwards he worked as literary editor and presenter of the WDR3 literary magazine ‘Gutenbergs Welt’ as well as of WDR3’s ‘Musikpassagen’. Between 2000 and 2005 he was the programme manager for Aktuelle Kultur at Deutschlandfunk. He has presented the cultural show ‘West.art Talk’ on WDR television since 2001.

Holger Noltze writes music and literature reviews for ‘Literaturen’, ‘FonoForum’, ‘Frankfurter Rundschau’ and most recently for the ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’. Since 2005 he has been a professor of music and media at the University of Dortmund, where he inaugurated a course on music journalism in the winter semester of 2010. The Piper Verlag published ‘Goethe für die Westentasche’ in 2007; in 2008 it published ‘Wagner für die Westentasche’. Most recently (2010) ‘Die Leichtigkeitslüge. Über Musik, Medien und Komplexität’ was published by Körber Stiftung.

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017