Currently serving his ninth year as the director of the Sound Recording Technology
Bachelors of Science program at the State University of New York in Fredonia, Bernd
Gottinger is known as a sound artist and composer, recording engineer and producer,
and musician and musicologist. Dr. Gottinger has worked on recordings with artists
such as Itzahk Perlman, James Galway, Andre Watts, the Tokyo and the Vermeer String
Quartets, the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, and many other internationally renowned
concertizers. He has recorded music for the Tanglewood Music Center, the Norfolk Chamber
Music Festival, the American Composers Orchestra, the OK Mozart International Festival
in Oklahoma and the IberoAmerican Music Festival in Puerto Rico. Having previously
held a position as an audio engineer for National Public Radio in Washington DC.,
he now frequently contributes recordings to NPR's nationally aired shows such as Performance Today and From The Top. A firm believer in the motto that "he who teaches must also practice," Prof. Gottinger
continues to be active as producer and engineer of classical, contemporary, and popular
music recordings for various international and national recording labels.
Dr. Gottinger received his early musical training in his native Germany and then came
to the United States to pursue undergraduate studies in music performance and sound
recording at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he holds graduate degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City and Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2007 he completed a Ph.D. in musicology from the Graduate School
for Arts & Sciences at New York University with a thesis titled: "Rethinking Distortion: Towards A Theory of 'Sonic Signatures.'"
In addition to some more recent artistic activities which include the New York premiere
of his composition Dreamsequence IX for string quartet and electronics, and an exhibition of one of his sound installations
at the Chautauqua Center for Visual Arts, his commercial music compositions can be found in a number of music libraries. In
addition, Dr. Gottinger is often called upon to serve as a consultant for various
recording studio construction projects and has given lectures on sound recording technology
in the United States, Europe and South America.