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Karol Berger

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Karol Berger

Osgood Hooker Professor in Fine Arts (Musicology)
Ph.D., Yale University


Karol Berger is the Osgood Hooker Professor in Fine Arts at the Department of Music, Stanford University, where he has taught since 1982. His books include Musica Ficta (Cambridge University Press 1987; recipient of the 1988 Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society), A Theory of Art (Oxford University Press 2000), Bach’s Cycle, Mozart’s Arrow (University of California Press 2007; recipient of the 2008 Marjorie Weston Emerson Award of the Mozart Society of America), and Beyond Reason:  Wagner contra Nietzsche (University of California Press 2016).  In 2011, he received the Glarean-Preis of the Schweizerische Musikforschende Gesellschaft and in 2014 Humboldt Research Award of the Humboldt Foundation.  Since 2009, he is a Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences; since 2013, a Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society; and since 2014, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Full list of publications

NEH Fellow, 1980-81; Research Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 1988-89; ACLS Fellow, 1992-93 and 2003-2004; Stanford Humanities Center Fellow, 2003-2004; the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center Resident, 2005. Recipient of the Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation Award for outstanding creative achievement, 1995.