Nanna Schmidt is a freelance music director for concert broadcasts on internet and television and author of music-related motion picture formats. She is research assistant at the Institute of Music Informatics and Musicology at the University of Music Karlsruhe. After studying musicology and music education in Munich, she switched to the study of sound and image technology/ design in Düsseldorf. At the same time, she worked as an editorial assistant at ZDF Landesstudio Düsseldorf. Since 2004, she has been assistant director for multi-camera productions and documentaries in the field of art music. Among them were productions with artists such as Teodor Currentzis at the Salzburg Festival (ORF/ Unitel) and Jonas Kaufmann at the Berlin Waldbühne (ZDF) as well as the New Year's Eve concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (RBB/ EuroArts). Starting in 2007, Nanna Schmidt worked as freelance author and director, mainly for music documentations and live concert broadcasts for various broadcasters and production companies. Currently she is mainly active at the online platforms SWR Classic, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra‘s Digital Concert Hall, and ARTE concerts, as well as for linear television. In this context, she has worked with internationally renowned perfomers such as Eva-Maria Westbroek, Anna Prohaska, Sol Gabetta, Joyce DiDonato, Daniel Hope, Jan Vogler, Philippe Herreweghe, Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Christoph Eschenbach, and Sir Roger Norrington.
Since the winter semester 2013/14, Nanna Schmidt has taught media analysis and media production at the Institute for Music Informatics and Musicology (IMWI) at the University of Music Karlsruhe. She focuses on interrelationships between music and media, taking into account social and aesthetic perspectives. The starting point of her teaching and research activity is a transdisciplinary perspective with reference to areas of musicology, music informatics, music education, media studies, and sociology. As part of her dissertation research, she is examining the representation and staging of classical concerts in audiovisual media. Her practice-oriented research will also be about exploring artistic design potential for audiovisual music representation. Her thesis will be supervised by Professor Matthias Wiegandt, Ph.D. (musicology) and Professor Christoph Seibert, MD (music informatics).