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Heather Kurzbauer

University of Amsterdam
mr. drs. Heather Kurzbauer studied art history, sociology and music at Yale University. She holds a Bachelors degree cum laude and Masters degree (Music) with Honors from that institution. She received her law degree from the University of Amsterdam receiving additional diplomas from Columbia Law School (Honors). Ms. Kurzbauer completed music studies in violin and chamber music performance at the Juilliard School.
A lecturer on subjects bridging law, music, media and politics, Ms. Kurzbauer has developed and taught courses at Emerson College (Boston), Webster University-Leiden, Nyenrode Business University, Case Western Reserve University Law School and the University of Amsterdam.  Appointed to the faculty of the University of Amsterdam in 2004, she is actively engaged in teaching and program development and is a member of the Works Council. She was appointed Adjunct Professor of International Arbitration Law at Case Western University (US) and the Riga School of Law (Latvia) in 2012.
Ms. Kurzbauer served as Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA, The Hague) from 2000-2004.
Turning to music, Ms. Kurzbauer has performed in leading orchestras and participated in hands-on development projects (El Sistema, Venezuela 1982; Consuelo Music for Change 2017, Dominican Republic). A member of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, she joined the 1st violin section of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, later Netherlands Chamber Philharmonic  (1987-2013).
Active as a classical music journalist and commentator specialized in orchestral and chamber music, Ms. Kurzbauer has published hundreds of music/arts editorials and interviews as a Corresponding Editor for Strad Magazine London and BBC Music Magazine. Her blogs enjoy an international following at: http://www.violinist.com
From Novosibirsk to Beijing, Ms. Kurzbauer is a welcome guest as lecturer, jury member and critic at music festivals and competitions:  Beijing Crossroads, Spoleto Festival Dei Due Mondi, Queen Elisabeth Competition Brussels, Indianapolis International Violin Competition, and the TransSiberian Arts Festival. Ms. Kurzbauer has been a proud participant as both violinist and lecturer at the Grand Teton Music Festival (www.gtmf.org) for over three decades. She has lectured on careers in music at diverse institutions, competitions and festivals.
Ms. Kurzbauer was awarded the Hijmans Scholarship for PhD research at the University of Amsterdam Law Faculty in 2016. Her dissertation offers a dual perspective on labor/employment challenges for orchestral musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. She is invited as panelist and speaker at conferences worldwide sharing her vision on the future of orchestras, most recently: Cultuur in Beeld, Rotterdam 2016; International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians ICSOM, Washington DC 2016; Federation International Musiciens FIM, Montreal 2017; European Conference on Labor Law, Bucharest 2017 and the European Jean Monnet Labour Law Conference 2018.