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.