Matthew Werley, BSc, BMus, MM, DPhil (Oxon) is lecturer in Music and Dance at the University of Salzburg and researcher at the Christoph Willibald Gluck Forschungsstelle Salzburg. His work has focused primarily on opera and dance studies, with a particular interest in connections to political history and literary culture between 1700 and 1950.
Publications have appeared in various academic journals, books and dictionaries (including the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Dance Research), and he has presented talks in English and German on a broad range of subjects at conferences and universities throughout Europe, North America and Australia. He is currently Generalsekretär (Secretary General) of the Internationale Richard Strauss Gesellschaft and editor of the peer-reviewed journal, the Richard Strauss-Jahrbuch (Hollitzer Verlag).
Following two undergraduate degrees (music and theology) and a master's degree in musicology in America, Matthew Werley received his doctorate in musicology at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College) and spent a year as a DAAD Research Fellow at the Richard-Strauss-Institut in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and again in the summer of 2014. In 2016 he was a Gerda Henkel Stiftung Research Fellow at the Richard-Strauss-Institut (Bavaria). Since 2009, Matthew taught undergraduates and postgraduates at the University of East Anglia (Norwich), University of Cambridge, TU Dresden, and Mozarteum.
Past and current research projects include a new critical edition and translation of the correspondence between Strauss and Stefan Zweig (1931-6), and a monograph on Richard Strauss and the rise of historicism in German opera after Wagner. Other projects include a large-scale reception study of the French gavotte in Imperial Germany, and a study of the musical collaborations of Grete Wiesenthal (1885-1970), a highly celebrated modernist dancer active in Vienna in the years surrounding the First World War.
Matthew has written programme notes and delivered pre-performance lectures for Glyndebourne Opera, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Staatstheater Nürnberg, La Monnaie (National Opera of Belgium), and various institutions and ensembles in America.
Trained as a professional percussionist, Matthew is also an enthusiastic choral singer and occasional pianist/organist/conductor. He remains an active member of the American Musicological Society, Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, and the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Musikwissenschaft.
Further information about his teaching philosophy and classroom experience can be found here.
[updated October 2018]