The Institute Interpretation has years of experience in arts research.

Research and development

Whether historical or contemporary musical instruments, music theory, dance, theatre or music practice, the Institute Interpretation covers a wide range of topics in the field of applied arts research.

Contract research and consulting services

Knowledge acquired in the context of research projects can be put to use in tailored services for institutional or private external partners. Existing areas of expertise and example projects:

  • Historical Research
  • Interpretation Practice
  • Musical Instruments
  • Process Analysis


  • Musical instruments
  • Welte-Mignon piano and rolls

teaching and research

Research pathways for lecturers

HKB lecturers can take part in research projects in a variety of ways and to varying extents: 

1. By submitting a research proposal for a project funded by SNSF, Innosuisse or other bodies. You will require several years of research experience (you will generally hold a PhD), academic writing skills and team leadership qualities. This option is associated with a part-time research post as an ‘SERI researcher’. 
2. As a PhD student on an SNSF-funded research project (see 1.). This project will last three to four years, is combined with a PhD at a Swiss university and, where possible, will be funded by the research project. 
3. As an expert, providing occasional academic and/or artistic assistance on a research project. As this cannot always be funded by the research project, individual funding solutions are usually sought in line with budgetary means. 
4. To help with the preparation for large-scale projects, HKB funds smaller-scale practice-based research projects and HKB preparatory projects. 
5. All current and many completed research projects at HKB offer occasional research input for regular courses at the university. The head of the relevant course can request input by contacting the head of the project (contact) directly (cc to Martin Skamletz, who will act as advisor and intermediary). The time, duration, teaching format and content will be negotiated individually. As short-term teaching assignments of this kind are part of the researchers’ remit, the university does not, as a rule, pay for these. 
6. In consultation with the Head of Research, guest lecturers from outside HKB may be invited to contribute to courses and lectures or to deliver their own course. The costs will be met by the Research department, provided that the invited guests can demonstrate research experience and that their input is relevant to a research subject. 
Project ideas are welcome at any time. Contacts: 

For information on the latest research symposia, see the Institute Interpretation events page or go to

Research pathways for students

All MA degree programmes at HKB offer an Introduction to Research component, which is worth 2 ECTS points. Various teaching formats and Research Wednesday are available for this component. In consultation with the relevant Heads of the Degree Programme and Research Focus, the MA thesis can also be linked to a research project and co-supervised by researchers. Students are also able to collaborate on many of our research projects. 
While studying for a BA, interested students can attend individual classes, discussions and presentations. 
If you wish to specialise in a research area on completing your MA – e.g. by studying for a PhD at the Studies in the Arts programme run by the University of Bern and HKB – we recommend that you take a minor in Research as part of your MA degree programme. The MA Specialised Music Performance offers its own specialisation in Research.
For information on the latest research symposia, see the Institute Interpretation events page.