Michael is one of the outstanding musical researchers of our time. It is a privilege to know him and to be enlightened by his fascinating archival work. (Robert Levin)

Lorenz’s knowledge of the Viennese archives is unparalleled, and his excellence and acuity as a scholar is exceeded, perhaps, only by his generosity in sharing what he finds and his willingness to dig into archival questions that have little or nothing to do with his own work. (Dexter Edge)

Before God and as an honest man I tell you that Lorenz is the greatest musical archivist known to me either in person or by name: He has total bibliographic control, and, furthermore, the most profound knowledge of sources. (David J. Buch)

Lorenz is the leading Austrian scholar of his generation studying the social, cultural, biographical and political contexts of music of the late-18th and early 19th centuries. (Neal Zaslaw)

Michael Lorenz, an indefatigable detective of all things Mozartean. (Evan Baker)

Lorenz is like the hornist Dennis Brain---he makes the very difficult look deceptively easy. No-one can deny the originality of his work or the complex of rare skills required to produce the results that he does, which are astounding. (Theodore Albrecht)


Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Vienna, Oboe and Cello (degree in music pedagogics 1990)

University of Vienna, Musicology and History of Art, PhD 2001 (dissertation Studien zum Schubertkreis)

Professional activities:

Music teacher, musicologist, musician, historian, and photographer

Head of the 'Internationales Franz Schubert Institut' (2001-05)

University of Vienna, scientific employee (2004-07) and lecturer (2014-15, 2016-17)

Freelance scholar with the Esterházy Foundation

Areas of specialization:

Eighteenth-century music; Mozart; Haydn; Beethoven; Schubert; archival and biographical research, chess and mountaineering history


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