Gina Emerson – PhD student

I am a PhD candidate in Music at the Institute for Cultural Innovation Research (IKI) at the University of Music and Drama in Hamburg and am being externally supervised by Stephanie Pitts at SPARC. I am writing my dissertation as part of the Audience Research branch of the EU Ulysses Network (, exploring audiences’ responses to contemporary classical music and comparing audience development strategies for new music across Europe. Prior to this, I was a Research Associate with the 3DMIN (Design, Development and Dissemination of New Musical Instruments) project at the Technical University of Berlin. I hold a Master’s degree in Musicology from the Humboldt University of Berlin and an undergraduate degree in Music from the University of Oxford. My research interests include empirical aesthetics, audiovisual music perception and the reception of contemporary music and new music technologies.