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The Eliette and Herbert von Karajan Institute was founded in 2005 by Eliette von Karajan. The Institute administers the artistic and musical heritage of Herbert von Karajan. It manages the intellectual property and trademark rights of the Karajan Estate and assists partners with the development of new Karajan® Products. The Institute is also collaborating in international academic research projects with notable research institutes worldwide, such as the University Mozarteum, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Kunstuniversität Graz and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The Karajan® Archive is considered the central source for research on the life and works of Herbert von Karajan. It is the worldwide biggest and most comprehensive collection of a classical musician: it holds unique documents reaching from the patent of nobility of the Karajan family to a score of the Valkyrie containing von Karajan’s stage directions. Its database contains information on over 2200 recordings by Herbert von Karajan (live and studio) of over 750 classical works, over 3300 concerts, concert reviews and more than 3000 photographs. The incredibly huge and widely digitized catalogue together with its complex metadata opens up endless possibilities in a technology driven world. It is one of the most important missions of the Karajan Institute to present and support initiatives in the field of music technology.
It is widely known that Herbert von Karajan was involved in various music technology innovations, most notably in the development of the Compact Disc (CD). The Karajan Institute is therefore focusing on the promotion of breakthrough innovations that combine technology with classical music. In this spirit the Karajan Institute invented the Classical Music Hack Day series four years ago, with events that have taken place in Vienna, Munich, at the MIT in Boston and in Salzburg. It also invented the worldwide unique conference on classical music and technology, the Karajan Music Tech Conference in Salzburg. Finally, the Karajan Institute is also developing own innovative, digital products and applications, like the Karajan iPad-App which was released in 2017 and offers new, interactive perspectives on the life and work of Herbert von Karajan.
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