Beatrix Darmstäder has studied saxophone, music theory, musicology, philosophy and exhibition management in Vienna, Salzburg and Paris. She completed her studies in saxophone (1993), musicology (1994), philosophy (1993), and exhibition management (2006).

 

As a saxophonist, she is involved in various orchestras and ensembles such as Tiziano Duca, Peter Eötvös, Alfred Eschwé, Jacques Grimbert, Zoltan Kocsis, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Andrija Pavlic, etc. Besides the classical saxophone repertoire, Beatrix Darmstädter is a dedicatee of several compositions and is responsible for case studies at competitions. Currently, she is active as a freelance musician in various chamber music ensembles - especially in her "Ensemble Confluence".

 

She currently teaches saxophone classical music at the Richard Wagner Conservatory, where she also teaches instrumental studies and music history.  Since 2001 she has been a musicologist in the collection of ancient musical instruments of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, where she has been a curator since 2004. Between 2007 and 2009, a research project financed by the FWF to measure the tines and crook horns of the collection of old musical instruments using 3D-CT. She has published numerous scientific contributions - including several monographs as well as entries in renowned subject areas - on organological, musikh-historical and music-philosophical topics and has given lectures at several international conference. She is an award recipient of the Austrian Federal Minister for Science, Research and Art and the Theodor Körner Fund.

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