Anna Rendl


Anna Rendl studied Music Education – Voice and Instruments (IGP) with violin as main artistic subject at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She graduated with a diploma thesis (Mag.a art.) on the electroacoustic music of Luciano Berio and the foundation of the Studio di Fonologia at the RAI in Milano. She currently works as a cultural manager and freelance dramaturg and is particularly committed to cultural exchange in Europe with her own projects.

Research interests: Gender discourses and ways of emancipation, history of music and questions of cultural history in the 20th century, with a special focus on female Jewish musicians.

Current research project: Alma Rosé und die „Wiener Walzermädeln“. Musikerinnen im Spannungsfeld zwischen Sozialisation in einem Milieu hochkultureller Musikeliten und musikalischer Praxis in der Unterhaltungskultur der Zwischenkriegszeit / Alma Rosé and the "Wiener Walzermädeln": Female Musicians in the Field of Tension between Socialization in a Milieu of High-Cultural Music Elites and Musical Practice in the Entertainment Culture of the Interwar Period
Alma Rosé, daughter of the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Arnold Rosé and niece of composer Gustav Mahler, was raised in the bourgeois-elitist structures of not only Austrian society, but came from what is unarguably one of the most important Viennese musical dynasties in the late romantic-era. Her successful independent breakthrough as a professional musician, performer and societal personality, however, did not come about within the male dominated classical music industry, but on the stages of popular music, as leader of the ladies' orchestra Wiener Walzermädeln. The research project aims to find out to what extent this tension between high and popular culture determined the emancipation of female artists in the European cultural scene and how National Socialism limited and ultimately ended the careers of the Jewish women among them.