Adams University Research Professor
Curator of the Isham Memorial Library
Paine Hall 1
Professor Wolff received an Artist Diploma (organ, historical keyboards, conducting) from the Hochschule für Musik Berlin in 1963 and the Dr. Phil. (historical musicology) from the University of Erlangen in 1966; Mus. D. (New England Conservatory, 1999), L.H.D. (Valparaiso, 2002), Dr. Phil. h. c. (Jena-Weimar, 2005), D. A. (Middlebury, 2011). He taught at the University of Erlangen (1963-68), the University of Toronto (1968-70), Columbia (1970-76) and Princeton Universities (1973 and 1975) before joining the Harvard faculty in 1976. At Harvard he was Chair of the Department of Music (1980-88, 1990-91), Acting Director of the University Library (1991-92), and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1992-2000).
He also was President and Director of the Bach-Archiv Leipzig (2001-13) and President of the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (2004-13). An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Saxon Academy of Sciences at Leipzig, and the Akademie für Mozart-Forschung in Salzburg (which he chaired 1996-2006), he holds an honorary professorship at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He is an honorary member of the American Musicological Society, the German and American Bach Societies, and the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg. He currently serves on the Board of the Packard Humanities Institute and on the Graduate Faculty of the Juilliard School.
His primary research interests extend to the music from the 17th to the early 19th centuries, especially to Bach and Mozart studies. Recent publications include Bach: Essays on His Life and Music (1991), Mozart's Requiem (1994), The New Bach Reader (1998), Driven into Paradise: The Musical Migration from Nazi Germany to the United States (1999; ed. with R. Brinkmann), and Music of My Future. The Schoenberg Quartets and Trio (2001; ed. with R. Brinkmann) and The Organs of J. S. Bach: A Handbook (2012; with M. Zepf). A recipient of the Dent Medal of the International Musicological Society (1978) the Humboldt Research Prize (1996), and the Bach Prize of the Royal Academy of Music (2006), he won the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society for Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician (2000), which has been translated into nine languages. Wolff's most recent book is Mozart at the Gateway to His Fortune. Serving the Emperor, 1788-1791(2012), which received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.