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Susanne Abed-Navandi

Susanne Abed-Navandi (formerly known as Pumhösl) is a harpsichordist and musicologist. The current focal point of her interests is research on and the interpretation of small-scale operas and baroque comedies from the Viennese court ca. 1700. Most recently, she led students of Konservatorium Wien Private University in the modern premières of the first known German-language singspiel (Der thorrechte Schäffer) and of a courtly comedy for ladies, both by Emperor Leopold I. A previous solo program performed together with actress Mercedes Echerer, Voglio il core (2013), was devoted to Venetian music and poems of the Cinquecento from the circles of the courtesan Veronica Franco.

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach stands at the center of other projects, such as the world première of the Gold.Berg.Werk by Karlheinz Essl (2010), an interpretation of the Goldberg Variations for harpsichord and live electronics; participation in the BACH XXI project by the Domkantorei of Graz Cathedral (1998–2018), which is to see performance of all of Bach’s sacred cantatas; and a DVD featuring Bach’s Little Preludes, Inventions, and Sinfonias (2008).

Susanne Abed-Navandi’s activities as a soloist and chamber musician with the ensembles Capella Leopoldina, Private musicke, and Phoenix Baroque Austria have been documented by numerous radio and CD recordings and have won multiple awards. And her dissertation in musicology (2014) was devoted to a baroque literary academy for women, the modern première of which is currently in preparation.