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Diana Matut

… holds a position as lecturer for Jewish Studies at the University Halle-Wittenberg. She is giving courses on Yiddish language and literature as well as on Jewish culture with a special emphasis on the history of Jewish music. Since its first appearance in 2007, Diana is Editor of the European Journal of Jewish Studies (together with Giuseppe Veltri; see www.brill.com/european-journal-jewish-studies).

She began her studies at Halle University but finished her Diploma in Hebrew and Jewish Studies in 1999 at the University of Oxford, followed by a Master in Yiddish Studies at SOAS, London, 2001. The same year brought her to the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, where she participated in the Advanced Seminar in Yiddish Studies. Diana works regularly as Visiting Fellow and lecturer at various universities in Germany and abroad (among them Rome, Olomouc & Graz) where she particularly teaches courses on Yiddish language and literature as well as Jewish music. From October 2011 until March 2012 she was invited by the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies to be a Visiting Fellow in the Old Yiddish Studies programme.

In 2011, she published her PhD thesis under the title Poetry and Music in Early Modern Ashkenaz (2 vols., Boston/Leiden: Brill) and has since then continued to research the Old Yiddish song material.

At the moment, Diana performs not only as a singer for simkhat hanefesh (Joy of the Soul), specializing in the performance of Jewish music from Renaissance to Baroque. Furthermore, she is a soprano of the chamber choir Josquin de Prez (www.josquindesprez.de) dedicated to the presentation of Josquins entire opus.

In addition, she is teaching various workshops, among them courses about Early Jewish music, but also Yiddish song from the 19th to 21st century for children and (young) adults, see: www.klezmerwelten.de und www.yiddishsummer.eu.