Siglind Bruhn

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Siglind Bruhn

Siglind Bruhn (born October 11, 1951 in Hamburg) is a German musicologist and concert pianist.

Biographical Sketch[edit]

Siglind Bruhn was born in Hamburg. Her father was the engineer Ernst Bruhn, her mother the interpreter Leonore Bruhn née Kieberger. During the last two years before her high school graduation (Abitur 1970), she was a student in the piano class of Professor Eckart Besch at the Musikhochschule Hamburg. She completed her studies in the master class of Vladimir Horbowski at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart; 1975 State Examen (equivalent to a Master of Music) in piano performance and piano pedagogy. Concurrently she read Romance studies, Comparative Literature, and Philosophy at Munich University; 1976 Magister Artium (M.A.) with a thesis on the drama of Ramón del Valle-Inclán. During this time she met her future husband, the philosopher Gerhold K. Becker. In 1976-78 Siglind Bruhn wrote her first book, which links the pedagogical heritage of her teacher Horbowski with first attempts at her own research. After another four years of teaching she enrolled in the University of Vienna and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna [1] for doctoral studies; 1985 Dr. phil. summa cum laude with an interdisciplinary dissertation in musical analysis and psychoanalysis. Two years later she followed her husband, who had accepted a position in Hong Kong, and taught for six years at The University of Hong Kong. During her first sabbatical (1993–1994), which she spent at the University of Michigan, USA, she was invited to join the University's Institute for the Humanities [2], where she is currently a Life Research Associate for Music and Modern Literatures / Music in Interdisciplinary Dialogue.


  • 1975-1976 Piano Teacher, City of Stuttgart Music School
  • 1977-1978 Piano Teacher, Conservatoire de Musique, Geneva
  • 1978-1982 Music Director, Community Music School, Unterhaching
  • 1982-1987 Director and Lecturer, Institute of Musical Interpretation, Dinkelsbühl
  • 1984-1987 Director and Principal Lecturer, Pianist Academy, Ansbach
  • 1987-1994 Director of Studies in Music, School of Vocational and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong
  • 1993-1997 Research Associate, Institute for the Humanities, Arbor The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Since 1997 Life Research Associate, Institute for the Humanities, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Honorary appointments[edit]


Books (English only)[edit]

German-language book publications here

Essays and editorial work[edit]

Essay collections as contributing author:

  • Messiaen's Language of Mystical Love. New York: Garland 1998. ISBN 978-0-8153-2747-9 - Google
  • Encrypted Messages in Alban Berg's Music . New York: Garland 1998. ISBN 978-0-8153-2480-5 - Google
  • Signs in Musical Hermeneutics [ The American Journal of Semiotics 13/1-4], 1998. ISSN 0277-7126
  • Voicing the Ineffable: Musical Representations of Religious Experience. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press 2002. ISBN 978-1-57647-089-3 - Google
  • Sonic Transformations of Literary Texts: From Program Music to Musical Ekphrasis. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press 2008. ISBN 978-1-57647-140-1 - Google
  • Since 2000, series editor (together with Magnar Breivik, University of Trondheim, Norway) of the book series "Interplay: Music in Interdisciplinary Dialogue" published by Pendragon Press - Interplay


First solo concerts and performances with orchestras as a soloist at the age of 14. Solo and chamber concerts in almost every major city in the Federal Republic of Germany as well as in 23 other countries and on all five continents (among others in: Zurich, London, Paris, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Warsaw, Budapest, Venice, Athens, Beirut, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Quito, Manila, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Melbourne, Adelaide, Washington). Recordings with most broadcasting companies in Germany and several European and other Western stations. One LP and four CDs.

  • Maurice Ravel: Histoires Naturelles, Modest Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death. Cornelia Kallisch, mezzo-soprano; Siglind Bruhn, piano. LM-M E 2011 1984
  • Paul Hindemith: five sonatas for strings and piano. [a] Andrew Jennings, violin, [b] Yizhak Schotten, viola; [c] Bruce Smith, viola d'amore, [d] Anthony Elliott, violoncello; [e] Derek Weller, double bass; piano: Siglind Bruhn, [a ], [c], [e], Katherine Collier [b], Anton Nel [d]. Equilibrium 1995
  • Paul Hindemith: five sonatas for woodwinds and piano. [a] Leone Buyse, flute, [b] Harry Sargous, oboe; [c] Fred Ormand, clarinet; [d] Harry Sargous, English horn; [e] Richard Beene, bassoon; piano: Siglind Bruhn, [a], [ b], [e], Anton Nel [c] [d]. Equilibrium 1995
  • Paul Hindemith: five sonatas for piano and brass instruments. [a] Charles Darval, trumpet, [b] Bryan Kennedy, French horn, [c] Charles Darval, alto horn, [d] H. Dennis Smith, trombone, [e] Fritz Kaenzig, tuba; piano: Siglind Bruhn, [a ], [b], [e], Robert Conway [c], Anton Nel [d]. Equilibrium 1996
  • Paul Hindemith: Ludus tonalis and Reihe kleiner Stücke. Siglind Bruhn, piano. Equilibrium 1996

Since 2007 she has been the musical director of an annual series of chamber music concerts in the Southwest German town of Waldkirch [14]

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