Michael Haas (Born 1954), trained as a pianist at Vienna’s Conservatory and University of Music and Performing Arts, is a multi-Grammy winning recording producer who in the 1990s was principal recording producer for both Sir Georg Solti at London/Decca and Claudio Abbado at Sony. His most regarded work has been the recovery of music suppressed during the years of the III Reich with the series of recordings on London/Decca, ‘Entartete Musik’, started in the mid-1980s. With his departure from Universal Music, Haas continued production work, but also took on the additional position of Music Curator at Vienna’s Jewish Museum until 2010. His book, Forbidden Music, the Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, was published by Yale University Press in 2013 and is now available as paperback or digital download. Until 2017, he was director of Research at the Jewish Music institute’s ‘International Centre of Suppressed Music’ at Royal Holloway, University of London. Until 2015, he was Research Associate at University College London’s school of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Following completion of his PhD on the subject of “Music Restitution”, he is co-founder and presently works as Senior Researcher of Austria’s exil arte Centre, based at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts. Exil.arte is a repository for any and all exile music estates. It crosses genre and draws no distinction between great and small or what may be considered as “important” or “modest” and welcomes the legacies of exiled or politically persecuted performers, composers, scholars and those formerly in the music business. With its access to a student body at at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts, exil.arte is not just a repository for the past, but a platform for the future. Haas has contributed chapters in the Cambridge Companion of Conducting as well as the Cambridge Companion of Recorded Music. He lives in the Cotswolds in England and Vienna.
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