Karl Kügle studied piano at the Hochschule für Musik, Munich, the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, and the Juilliard School, New York, alongside musicology, theater studies, and Japanese at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. He continued his studies at New York University, where he earned his PhD in 1993 with a study of the fourteenth-century manuscript Ivrea, Biblioteca capitolare 115 and its music. He subsequently held research positions at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. He taught at the Department of Music, University of Hong Kong, from 1998 to 2004. In 2004, he was appointed professor of musicology at Utrecht University, where he holds the Chair in the History of Music before 1800. Since 2016, he has also worked at the University of Oxford as Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Music, Senior Research Fellow of Wadham College, and Principal Investigator of the MALMECC project (www.malmecc.eu). He leads the HERA-funded international research project “Sound Memories” (2016–19).
Karl Kügle’s current research interests include late medieval European court cultures in a transdisciplinary context and the epistemology of sound, hearing, and music during the later Middle Ages and from ca. 1800 to the present.