About

Gina Emerson is a researcher and writer on contemporary music, based in Berlin.

She is a PhD candidate in Musicology at the Institute for Cultural Innovation Research (IKI) at Hamburg University of Music and Drama. She has been working with the Ulysses Network since November 2016 and recently completed her doctoral thesis, Between the ‘Experimental’ and the ‘Accessible’: Investigating the Audience Experience of Contemporary Classical Music, as part of the Network’s Audience Research project. For this, she conducted audience surveys at twelve contemporary classical music concerts from a range of institutions across Europe, including IRCAM, the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music, Snape Maltings and the Ultima Festival. Download a short research report from the project here: Audience Experience of CCM_Emerson_042020.

Prior to this, she was a Research Associate with the 3DMIN (Design, Development and Dissemination of New Musical Instruments) project at the Technical University of Berlin. She holds an MA in Musicology from the Humboldt University of Berlin and BA in Music from the University of Oxford. Her research interests include audience experience, cultural participation, empirical aesthetics and the reception of contemporary music and new music technologies.

From May 2020, she will be working as a Project Coordinator for Ensemble Quillo and collaborating with the INM Berlin, consulting on audience engagement in contemporary music.