Eckhard Kahle, PhD
Founder of Kahle Acoustics


Eckhard Kahle was born in Germany. After obtaining a Vordiplom at the University of Bonn, he continued his studies of physics at Clare College, Cambridge (England), receiving a Master of Philosophy in Physics for his work in modelling the microstructure of wood used by violinmakers when creating the front plates of stringed instruments. Dr. Kahle then returned to Germany where he completed his physics degree, with a major in acoustics, at the University in Aachen. He then joined the room acoustics group at IRCAM — Pierre Boulez' Institute for Research in Music and Acoustics — in Paris (France), working on an objective model of the perception of acoustical quality in concert halls, opera houses, and recital halls. This model was validated with his doctoral thesis, based on a series of extensive objective acoustical measurements and subjective listening tests in several European facilities for music performance. His thesis jury included some of the world's most accomplished researchers in the field of room acoustics.

Musical Experience  

In parallel, Eckhard Kahle has pursued a professional career as viola player. He was a long-standing member of the European Community Youth Orchestra, holding the position of principal viola at the time of his departure. In this capacity, he has performed with outstanding conductors and musicians such as Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Radu Lupu, and Leonard Bernstein. He also performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Roger Norrington and Vladimir Jurowski, and held the position of viola soloist for the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, led by the cellist Christophe Coin, while pursuing his studies in France.

Acoustical Consulting Experience  

In 1995, Dr. Kahle joined the acoustic consulting firm Artec Consultants Inc, based in New York, one of the world leaders in the acoustic design of performance spaces. He made important contributions to a number of Artec projects, including the KKL Luzern, and the Salle du Métropole, Lausanne, Switzerland; the Auditorium of the Opéra de Dijon, France; the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia; the Orange County Performing Arts Center, California; the LG Arts Center / SangNam Hall, Seoul, Republic of Korea; the KVS Brussels City Theatre, the Maison de la Radio Flagey, and the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels, Belgium.

Kahle Acoustics Reference Projects  

In 2001, Eckhard Kahle founded his own company, Kahle Acoustics sprl, in Brussels. Clients of the firm include, amongst others, the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis (Jean Nouvel, Architect), the Morgan Library & Museum, New York (Renzo Piano, Architect), USA; the Curve, Leicester Theatre and Performing Arts Centre (Rafael Viñoly, Architect), UK; the Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland; the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore; the Association Philharmonie de Paris (acoustician to the owner), France, the Stavanger Konserthus, Norway; L'Auditorium of Bordeaux, the Théâtre de l'Archipel of Perpignan (Jean Nouvel, Architect), France; the Shandong Grand Theater of Jinan (Paul Andreu, Architect), China.

Also, Eckhard completed the two highest European concert halls in St Christoph am Arlberg and in Andermatt (respectively in 2015 and 2019). And to name but a few, Eckhard Kahle is currently the leading acoustics project manager on the Berlin-based Axel Springer Media center designed by OMA and on the concert hall of the City of Nuremberg in Germany. In Oslo, he leads the acoustic design for the new Nationaltheatret.

In Switzerland, Eckhard was the lead acoustician on the Kulturcasino Bern (2019), and still is working on the Zürich Congress Hall, and on the renovation of the Conservatoire de Musique, Geneva.

In France, Eckhard Kahle is currently in charge of the construction of the national scene La Comédie, Clermont-Ferrand, and on the improvement studies for the Auditorium Ravel of the City of Lyon.

Overall, Eckhard supervises, when need be, every on-going projects at Kahle Acoustics.

Publications and Teaching  

Since 1988, Eckhard Kahle has published a large number of scientific articles in journals and seminars proceedings. He is regularly invited to give lectures and Masterclasses. He is Professor at the National Music Conservatory in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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