Michael Kahr currently works as a Senior Lecturer at the Institutes for Jazz und Jazz Research the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria and held previous positions at the universities of Vienna, Austria and Sydney, Australia. He received his PhD in 2010 at the University of Sydney with the dissertation „Aspects of Context and Harmony in the Music of Clare Fischer“. His research was or is accepted to be published in journals such as Jazz Research Journal, Jazzforschung / Jazz Research, Journal for Artistic Research, Darmstädter Beiträge zur Jazzforschung, Folkwang Studien and Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung, as well as in books by Rutledge and Cambridge Scholars Press. Academic presentations were held at universities in Newark, Los Angeles, Birmingham, Leeds, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Weimar, Lucerne and others. In 2010 Kahr worked as a Fulbright Scholar in the U.S. and in 2011 he received the Morroe Berger – Benny Carter Jazz Research Award. Much of Kahr’s creative work as a professional pianist and composer appears in close relation to his research. He performed at major jazz clubs and festivals and released several CDs.