Dr. Eckart Altenmüller is a full university professor and medical doctor, and has an active research and concert career. He studied flute with Christian Lardé at the Paris Conservatory of Music and continued his studies in Freiburg with Aurèle Nicolèt, André Jaunet and William Bennett. He obtained his concert diploma in 1985 and pursued an active concert career in various chamber music ensembles and as a soloist.
His clinical training was in the Department of Neurology in Freiburg and Tübingen as a neurologist and neurophysiologist. In 1994, he became chair and director of the Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine at Hannover University of Music and Drama, a position he has held for the past 22 years. In this role, he has continued his research into sensory-motor learning and movement disorders in musicians, into emotional processes while listening to music and into neurologic music therapy. He has published more than 250 scientific articles and has edited seven books.
Dr. Altenmüller is member of the prestigious Göttingen Academy of Sciences since 2005 and vice president of the German Society for Music Physiology and Musician’s Medicine. In 2013, he received the science award of the country of Lower Saxony, since 2015 he is vice president of the University of Music, Drama and Media, Hannover.