Christoph Neidhöfer

Associate Professor, Music Theory

McGill University, Schulich School of Music

Christoph Neidhöfer is Associate Professor at McGill University, Schulich School of Music, where he has been teaching since 1999. He holds diplomas in Composition, Music Theory, and Piano from the Musikhochschule Basel, where his principal teachers were Rudolf Kelterborn (Composition), Roland Moser (Theory), and Jean-Jacques Dünki (Piano), and a PhD in Music Theory from Harvard University, where he worked with David Lewin and wrote a dissertation on the early serial music of Igor Stravinsky. At Harvard he also studied with composers Donald Martino and Bernard Rands.

Christoph Neidhöfer’s research, which has been supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Paul Sacher Foundation Basel, as well as by a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, focuses on 20th/21st-century music, post-tonal theory, sketch studies, aesthetics of serialism, and eighteenth-century counterpoint. He has twice been a Fellow at the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory (Transformational Theory, 2003; Schoenberg, 2007). In 2000 he served on the composition faculty and in 2012 and 2014 on the theory faculty at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, where he co-taught the colloquium “Aesthetics, Analysis & Theory” with Ulrich Mosch and Yuval Shaked. As a composer, Neidhöfer won first prize at the Besançon Orchestral Composition Competition (1994) and the Akiyoshidai Composition Award (1997), and as a duo pianist with Anton Vishio the Kranichstein Music Prize Darmstadt (1994). He served as book reviews editor for the journal of the Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Spectrum (Nov. 2010 – Nov. 2013), and is currently a Member-at-Large on the society’s Executive Board. He also serves on the editorial board of the journal Intégral and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Centro Studi Luciano Berio. At McGill, he served as Chair of the Department of Music Research from Fall 2012 to Summer 2015.

Christoph Neidhöfer has given guest lectures and workshops in Europe and North America, more recent events including the keynote address at the Annual Meeting of the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, University of Utah (2014), and the 2nd Zurich Master Class for Music Theory, Zurich University of the Arts (2015). At McGill, he teaches courses in 20th/21st-century theory and analysis, mathematical models for musical analysis, nineteenth-century analysis, Baroque counterpoint, composition, as well as graduate seminars in music theory.