Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Eckart Altenmüller

Head of the Department

born 1955 in Rottweil, Germany


  • 1965-1974 classical secondary school
  • 1974-1983 Study of medicine, University of Tübingen, University Paul et Marie Curie, Paris/France, University of Freiburg/FRG
  • 1983 Final exams (M.D.)
  • 1979-1985 Study of musics at the University of music, Freiburg, main instrument german flute, (Master class of Aurele Nicolet and William Bennett)
  • 1985 M.A. (Künstlerische Reifeprüfung)
  • Continued public concert-career

Work experience

  • 1983-1985 Research assistant of Prof. Richard Jung Department of clinical neurophysiology, Freiburg, Research on brain activation during music-processing and on motor-learning of skilled movements
  • 1985-1992 Assistant of Prof. Dr. J. Dichgans, Department of Neurology, University of Tübingen, Clinical training in neurology. Research on auditory processing and motor systems in musicians
  • 1992-1994 Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Tübingen
  • 1994-present Full Professor, Head of the Department of Music-Physiology and Musician’s Medicine at the University for Music and Theater, Hannover. Continued research on brain processing of music and motor learning in musicians.


  • Fellow of the Deutsche Studienstiftung
  • Young Scientists Award of the German Physiological Society 1984
  • Kornmüller-Award of the German Society for Clinical Electrophysiology for EEG-Research 1992
  • Richard Lederman Lecture, Aspen 1999
  • Member of the Faculty of the European Forum Alpbach 1999
  • Otto Creutzfeldt Lecture 2003
  • Member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences 2005
  • Elected President of the German Society of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine 2005.
  • Vice President of the German Society of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine since 2011.


Publication list



  • Prof. Dr. Eckart Altenmüller

    Professor für Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin, Direktor Institut für Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin (IMMM), Vizepräsident Wissenschaft

    Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
    Emmichplatz 1, 30175 Hannover
    Schiffgraben 48

    Phone: +49 (0)511 3100-553
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