Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann was born in 1979 and grew up in Schwerin. From 1997 to 2002 she studied musicology and ancient Greek philology in Rostock, Marburg, Salzburg and at the Free University of Berlin. From 2003 to 2010 she was at the Musicological Institute of the University of Zurich, first as a research assistant, then as an assistant and senior assistant. There she obtained her doctorate in 2005 with a thesis on Athanasius Kircher’s “Musurgia universalis” and habilitated in 2009 on the topic of melancholy in instrumental music around 1800. In 2010/11 Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann worked as a professor of musicology at the Lübeck University of Music, and from 2011 to 2013 as a professor of the sociology of music and historical anthropology of music at the Humboldt University Berlin. Since 2013, she has been a research member and director at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics.