Wendelin Bitzan
About Wendelin

About Wendelin

Short Bio

Wendelin Bitzan, PhD, is a musician, researcher in music, and digital content creator. He graduated from the Berlin University of the Arts with degrees in piano, music education, sound engineering, and music theory. Subsequently he took up lectureships in music theory and ear training at music universities in Berlin, Rostock, and Detmold. Currently he teaches as a lecturer in music theory at Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. Wendelin also works as a freelance composer and writer, and regularly appears as a collaborative pianist, vocal accompanist, and performer of his own compositions. He is the author of several papers related to music theory and music education and holds a doctoral degree in musicology from the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. Furthermore, he advocates for the interests of freelance musicians in professional associations and public media.

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Private Life

I live in a multi-ethnic district of Berlin with my partner and our two children. I do not own a motor vehicle. My favourite colour is dark blue, and I like to drink orange juice, black coffee, Spanish red wine, and Scotch whisky. My preferred playwrights are Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, and Yasmina Reza. As a seventh-grader, I was awarded the third prize in the table tennis school championship. I can neither play the guitar nor juggle, and I am a mediocre cook at best. Anyway, I once defeated John Cage in a game of chess in a dream.


2024 – Managing director of Tonkünstlerverband Berlin, association of professional musicians
2022 – Visiting professor at TU Dortmund University, Department of Music and Musicology
2019 – PhD graduation at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts
2018 – Lecturer at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, Institute of Musicology
2014 – Adjunct teacher at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Department of Musicology
2013 – Enrolment in the musicological PhD program of Vienna Music University
2013 – Award in the composition competition of the Society for Music Theory (GMTH)
2012 – Award in the essay competition of the Society for Music Theory (GMTH)
2011 – Guest lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts, Faculty of Music
2010 – Adjunct teacher at the Berlin University of the Arts, Rostock University of Music and Drama, and Detmold University of Music
2010 – Graduation with diploma degrees in music theory and sound engineering
2009 – Exchange studies at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts
2009 – Graduation with a degree in music education, majoring in piano performance
2005 – Enrolment at the Berlin University of the Arts, College of Music
2003 – Enrolment at the Detmold University of Music
2002 – A-level exams, Porta Westfalica Municipal High School
1982 – Born in Geseke, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany