Denise Petzold


Currently, Denise is a PhD researcher at the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM), Maastricht University. There, she aims to bring together conservation approaches from Museum Studies with classical music, in order to address the tension between innovating and conserving this artistic heritage ( more here).
In the context of her research, she has recently started to learn how to play the cello. Through this, she found that she loves Baroque music, particularly Bach. 

Prior to starting her PhD, Denise has been a research assistant working for the project Performance at Tate in London, UK. Most of her time, however, she’s spent as an assistant curator at the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst Aachen, Germany. There she organized and managed two large-scale shows: Art x Cuba. Contemporary Perspectives since 1989 and Pattern and Decoration. Ornament as Promise; the latter in close cooperation with the mumok in Vienna, Austria. She also oversaw the management and publication of both accompanying exhibition catalogues (published by Wienand Verlag / Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig).

She’s a member of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC) as well as the Graduate School of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University.

Denise holds a BA in Arts and Culture and a MSc in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (both cum laude) from Maastricht University. In 2016, she has been awarded the prize for best master theses at her university.


June 2020