Wolfgang Fuhrmann

Department of Musicology at Leipzig University


Professor of Music Sociology and Philosophy of Music at the Department of Musicology at Leipzig University.

Wolfgang Fuhrmann has been Professor of Sociology of Music and Philosophy of Music since 2018. His research interests include 15th century music history, Viennese Classicism and 19th century music theatre. In 1991, his master’s thesis “Strategien des Witzes. Versuch über Haydn” was awarded the Ernst Krenek Prize of the City of Vienna.

Fuhrmann studied musicology and German literature at Vienna and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Vienna in 2003 with a thesis on “Herz und Stimme. Inwardness, Affect and Song in the Middle Ages”. His habilitation took place in 2010 at the University of Bern with the topic “Haydn und sein Publikum. The publication of a composer, c. 1750 to c. 1815”. He has also held substitute professorships at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart and the Humboldt University Berlin.

Since 2013, Wolfgang Fuhrmann has been spokesperson for the GfM specialist group Sociology and Social History of Music. He was also editor of “Musicologica Austriaca” from 2013 to 2018 and has been review editor of “Musikforschung” since 2022. He is a member of the Commission for Art History, Literature and Musicology of the Saxon Academy of Sciences. Fuhrmann is an eminent figure in musicology with a wide range of academic interests and experience.