Siegfried Mauser

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Siegfried Mauser (born November 3, 1954 in Straubing ) is a German pianist and musicologist . Among other things, he performs as an interpreter of 20th century piano works, particularly by Paul Hindemith , Wilhelm Killmayer and Wolfgang Rihm . Mauser was convicted of sexual offenses in multiple court cases in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.


Siegfried Mauser studied school music and piano at the Munich University of Music and Theater with Rosl Schmid and Alfons Kontarsky , as well as philosophy and art history at the universities of Munich and Salzburg. In 1981 he received his doctorate in musicology from the University of Salzburg .

From 1983 to 1987 Mauser taught as professor for piano and chamber music at the University of Music in Würzburg . He then moved to the Mozarteum Salzburg as a professor of musicology ; there he founded a research institute for musical hermeneutics in 1989 . In 2002 he was appointed professor of musicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich , which he headed from 2003 to 2014 as rector (from October 1, 2007 with the official title of "President"). In addition, he led a class for song design there and supervised the institute for musicology.

From October 2014 to June 2016, Mauser succeeded Reinhart von Gutzeit as Rector of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg . From 2002 to 2016 he was director of the music department at the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts .

The list of Mausers CD recordings includes: a. all piano works by Paul Hindemith , Alexander Zemlinsky and Karl Amadeus Hartmann , all piano sonatas by W. A Mozart , piano music by Claude Debussy , Wolfgang Rihm , Wilhelm Killmayer and chamber music by Günter Bialas and Paul Hindemith, as well as songs, e.g. B. by Gustav Mahler (with Siegfried Jerusalem ).

Siegfried Mauser is married to the soprano and actress Amélie Sandmann for the second time , the couple lives in Munich.

On his 65th birthday, the festival publication Understanding Music - Interpreting Music was published by Königshausen & Neumann . She was heavily criticized because the authors did not address Mauser's crimes. The introduction by the editors Dieter Borchmeyer , Susanne Popp and Wolfram Steinbeck was viewed particularly critically , in which it says: “His visions and his irrepressible thirst for action, the contagious spontaneity and inspiring vitality have earned him some criticism - and his sometimes the limits of bienséance transcending earth-embracing eros has had serious legal consequences for him ”, which was interpreted as“ washing the offender clean ”.

Criminal proceedings

On May 13, 2016, Mauser was sentenced by the Munich District Court to sexual assault of a colleague, harpsichordist Christine Schornsheim , to one year and three months' imprisonment and a fine of 25,000 euros. Mauser appealed against the judgment calling for the Munich District Court I one; On April 26, 2017, the second instance confirmed the main features of the district court's judgment, but reduced the prison sentence to nine months, which was suspended. Both the Munich public prosecutor's office and Siegfried Mauser appealed against the appeal judgment ; the latter was rejected by the Munich Higher Regional Court in September 2018. After the public prosecutor's request for revision has been withdrawn, the judgment is final.

In 2017, more legal charges against Mauser came to light, one for rape and one for triple sexual assault. Mauser was acquitted of the rape charge on May 16, 2018, but sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment in three cases of sexual assault on a woman. The trial at the Regional Court of Munich I lasted 19 days; 32 witnesses were heard as part of the criminal procedure. In the proceedings on the revision requests from the public prosecutor's office, ancillary complaint and defense, the BGH fully confirmed the judgment of the Regional Court of Munich I on October 9, 2019 on the basis of the oral hearing on September 17, 2019, making it legally binding.

Public discussion

The ruling of the Munich District Court in the first trial in 2016 sparked controversy among the German public. In the criminal complaint against Mauser, the writer Hans Magnus Enzensberger identified an act of retaliation for the fact that the former rector of the Munich University of Music did not promote certain female employees in their careers: “Women whose advances are rejected are like treacherous teller mines. You should never underestimate your vengeance. ”In contrast, Patrick Bahners (FAZ) argued that the district court had heard the statements of 16 witnesses; According to Bahners, mere personal acquaintance could hardly give Enzensberger and other friends of Mauser a more solid basis for assessing what was going on at the university. In a speech at the Phil.Cologne philosophy festival on May 21, 2016, Peter Sloterdijk described Mauser's condemnation as an alarming signal of an increasingly hysterical “neo-Puritan” zeitgeist that threatens to undermine the achievements of sexual liberation since the 1960s and 1970s. Alluding to this, Mauser expressed the hope during the appeal hearing that he would not become “a victim of the zeitgeist”.

The charges and convictions of Mauser were also discussed in the music press. In an article for the magazine crescendo, the composer Moritz Eggert compared the artist with the court jester ; although he has the right to at least virtually exhaust mutual consideration and respect, this does not entitle him to commit actual crimes. An alleged “sexual repression” does not exist, although the awareness of injustices and the use of psychological or physical violence has changed. He summed up: “Are artists allowed to do everything? No. Only in art. "

The Munich University of Music and Theater responded to the Mauser case with stricter measures against sexual harassment. In 2018, the incumbent President Bernd Redmann expressly rejected claims by the publicist Nike Wagner that it was a “malicious intrigue” and that Mauser was the victim of a “witch hunt”. Even great art does not protect people from committing criminal acts. Redmann referred to the final conviction of Mauser as a result of sexual offenses and made it clear that attempts of this kind to relativize all victims of sexual harassment and violence discredited.

Siegfried Mauser's wife, Amélie Sandmann- Mauser, publicly stood behind her husband after the conviction in 2018. She disseminated allegations that criminal proceedings are pending against her at the Munich District Court; it is about the offense of "defamation" (§ 186 StGB).

In 2019, the poet and former publisher Michael Krüger moved into the focus of critical perception because of his support for Mauser in the poem How everything is connected .




Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Wolfgang Gratzer : Reflections on the Salzburg Institute for Musical Hermeneutics. (2008) In: Claus Bockmaier (Ed.): Contributions to the aesthetics of interpretation and the discussion of hermeneutics , 2008 (= writings on musical hermeneutics, 10) Laaber, Laaber 2009, pp. 17–20.
  2. Siegfried Mauser elected as the new rector of the Mozarteum University. (APA) In: Der Standard , February 21, 2014, accessed February 22, 2014.
  3. Prof. Dr. phil. Siegfried Mauser. Mozarteum University Salzburg , accessed December 6, 2014 .
  4. ^ Rector Siegfried Mauser leaves the Mozarteum University. In: Salzburger Nachrichten , June 9, 2016.
  5. Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, directorate on, accessed on July 16, 2015.
  6. Königshausen & Neumann: Understanding Music - Interpreting Music. Festschrift for Siegfried Mauser on his 65th birthday.
  7. ^ Rainer Pöllmann: The case of Siegfried Mauser: A festschrift for a sex offender. In: key. Deutschlandfunk Kultur, October 29, 2019, accessed on November 8, 2019 .
  8. Thilo Komma-Pöllath: My boss and me. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , October 19, 2018. ( PDF p. 3. )
  9. Christian Rost: "With all due respect, you are a grope". In: . May 13, 2016, accessed October 13, 2018 .
  10. Stressful situation for the Munich music academy. Neue Musikzeitung , edition 7/2016, accessed on April 20, 2017.
  11. ^ Judgment: Siegfried Mauser was again suspended. In: Abendzeitung Munich , April 26, 2017.
  12. Susi Wimmer: "Maybe all the witnesses will rent a bus to go to court". In: . January 29, 2018, accessed October 13, 2018 .
  13. Mauser fails with revision. In: . September 21, 2018, accessed February 16, 2019 .
  14. Susi Wimmer: New indictment against ex-rector of the Munich University of Music. Süddeutsche Zeitung , April 19, 2017.
  15. Tanja Gronde / Birgit Grundner: Sex scandal at the Munich University of Music, Siegfried Mauser has been imprisoned for 2 years and 9 months. In: May 16, 2018, accessed February 16, 2019 .
  16. Ralf Wiegand: Ex-President of the Munich University of Music must be in custody. In: May 16, 2018, accessed October 13, 2018 .
  17. ^ Siegfried Mauser: Quite unholy alliances. In: . May 23, 2018, accessed October 13, 2018 .
  18. Verdict confirmed: Former music college president has to go to jail . ISSN  0174-4909 ( [accessed October 9, 2019]).
  19. Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Tückische Tellerminen , in: Munich's cultural world is appalled. Süddeutsche Zeitung , May 27, 2016.
  20. Patrick Bahners: Treacherous plate mines. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , May 31, 2016.
  21. Christine Lemke-Matwey : Spezl under Spezln. Why Bavaria's intellectuals drive the judiciary to the cart. Die Zeit No. 24, June 2, 2016.
  22. Susanne Kübler, the culture editor of the Tages-Anzeiger (Zurich, Switzerland), diagnosed Mauser's supporters with an image of women from the time before the emancipation of the 1960s and 1970s: "Women (...) like treacherous plate mines". Tages-Anzeiger , June 3, 2016, accessed April 20, 2017.
  23. Andreas Salch: Ex-Rector of the Musikhochschule denies sexual coercion. In: . March 16, 2017, accessed October 13, 2018 .
  24. ^ Moritz Eggert: Is an artist allowed to do anything? May 2, 2017, accessed on February 3, 2019 (German).
  25. Musikhochschulen in Germany: Measures against sexual assault. Bayerischer Rundfunk , accessed on June 23, 2016 .
  26. ^ Bayerischer Rundfunk: Nike Wagner on the Siegfried Mauser case: "Böswillige Intrige" | BR classic. December 2, 2018, accessed February 3, 2019 .
  27. ^ University of Music and Theater Munich: Open letter from President Bernd Redmann to Nike Wagner | nmz - new music newspaper. (Letter in the original wording). December 3, 2018, accessed February 3, 2019 .
  28. ^ Website of Amélie Sandmann
  29. Patrick Bahners: Understanding punishment: Siegfried Mauser's wife in court. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , July 13, 2018
  30. Susi Wimmer: False statements. In: July 10, 2018, accessed October 13, 2018 .
  31. Birgit Müller-Wieland in conversation with Sigrid Brinkmann: Protest against poetry in appreciation of a criminal ,, November 22, 2019, accessed on December 9, 2019.
  32. ^ Members of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts - Music Department. (No longer available online.) Members of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, archived from the original on January 18, 2011 ; Retrieved April 18, 2017 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  33. Press release of the Bavarian state government about the award. ( Memento of the original from December 9, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved April 20, 2017. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /