I am a PhD student of Martin Rohrmeier in the Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab (DCML) at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) and am primarily interested in Music Cognition, Music Theory, and their mutual relationship. My focus lies on chromatic harmony, or extended tonality. I investigate how finite-state music theoretical accounts for chromatic harmony fit together with more hierarchical models of tonal harmony to draw conclusions for cognitive processes such as expectation formation and tension building.

I was born in Cologne, Germany, and studied Mathematics and Educational Studies at Universiy of Cologne and Music Education (Major Piano) and Musicology at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln.


"Characteristics of Extended Tonality: A Corpus Study" (Working title)

Harmony is one of the main parameters of tonal music and has been the primary scope of music theoretical scholarly work for centuries. While music theorists agree that harmony is a rule-based system (syntax), there are many different approaches to express these relationships. Both theoretical and empirical research on musical syntax have focused on harmonic phenomena of the common-practice period (approx. from Bach to Beethoven). Yet, many questions remain open regarding extended tonality (approx. Schubert to Mahler).

My PhD project aims at combining and integrating the strengths of several different research disciplines, namely musical syntax, (mathematical) music theory, and music cognition to develop a formal model of extended tonality which can be used to make predictions for subsequent empirical research. Moreover, this will also allow for a more complete picture of the evolution of tonality and compositional practices.

Research interests

Digital Musicology, Music Cognition, Musical Syntax, Music Theory and Analysis, Computational Models of Music, Musical Corpus Research, Music and Language, Mathematical Music Theory