Thomas Schäfer (b. 1967 in Hamburg) studied musicology, literature, and philosophy at the University of Hamburg, and received a PhD in 1997 from Humboldt University Berlin. In 1998-1999 he conducted postdoctoral research at Hamburg University, while producing contemporary music at North German Broadcasting in Hamburg. From 2000-2007, Thomas Schäfer was the curator of the festivals Wien Modern, Horgange, and responsible for the new music activities at Konzerthaus Vienna (including the concert series Generator). In 2008, he was a consultant for Wien Modern, a scientific project related to the music of Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (together with the Paul Sacher Foundation Basel and City of Basel Music Academy). Since 2009, he is the Director of the International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD) and Artistic Director of the Darmstadt Summer Course.