Hermann Danuser studied piano, oboe, musicology, philosophy and German language and literature at Zurich’s Academy of Music and the University of Zurich. He earned his doctorate with a dissertation on musical prose and was promoted to professor in 1982 based on his musical history of the 20th century. Since 1993, Danuser has been a full professor of music history at the music seminar of Berlin’s Humboldt University. For many years he has coordinated the research of the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel. He is also a full member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science. For his scientific accomplishments, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Royal Holloway, University of London, and the American Musicological Society named him a Corresponding Member.