Born in Aachen in 1967, Björn Gottstein works as New Music editor for the German broadcaster SWR in Stuttgart. In 2015, he became the director of the Donaueschingen Festival. From 2013 to 2014, he was one of the artistic directors of the Stuttgart Eclat Festival and SWR concert series Attacca. In 2009, he co-curated Audio Poverty – A Conference on Music and Poverty at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, in 2011 Lux Aeterna in Berghain and in 2012, the festival faithful!. He has received teaching assignments at the TU Berlin, the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, the Academy of Music in Basel and the University of the Arts in Berlin. From 2009 to 2013, he served as chairman of the board for the Initiative Neue Musik Berlin.