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.


  • Prof. Dr. Eckart Altenmüller

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

    Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine
    Neues Haus 1, 30175 Hannover
    Schiffgraben 48

    Phone: +49 (0)511 3100-553
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