Maria Kurmanowytsch, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, arrived in Vermillion in February 2010, to begin a six-month Advanced Conservation Internship under the tutelage of John Koster, NMM Conservator. Her first project has been the conservation and painstaking restoration of a harp made in Germany or Bohemia, about 1835 (NMM 5776).
Kurmanowytsch's previous training includes studies in technical mathematics at the Vienna University of Technology, as well as conservation and restoration at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. She has studied with Albrecht Czernin, restorer of musical instruments in Vienna; the Walcker Organ Building Company in Gundramsdorf, Austria; Wolfgang Karner, organ builder and restorer; Alfons Huber, in his workshop at the Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments (Vienna); and, with Florian Rainer, restorer and conservator in the Vienna Museum of Ethnology. In her spare time, Maria enjoys going for walks, reading books, listening to and playing music, drawing, attending the theater, cinema, and travelling. She has also built—entirely by hand (without using any woodworking machines!)—a clavichord after the one illustrated in a fifteenth-century manuscript by Arnault de Zwolle.