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Laura Tunbridge


Laura Tunbridge is a musicologist whose research has centred on German Romanticism, with a particular interest in vocal and chamber music and its reception through criticism, performance, and composition. She studied at Oxford (B.A.), Nottingham (M.A.) and Princeton (PhD) and taught at the Universities of Reading and Manchester before joining the Faculty of Music at Oxford in 2014, where she is now a Professor and Henfrey Fellow and tutor in music at St Catherine’s College.

Laura’s books include Schumann’s Late Style (Cambridge, 2007), The Song Cycle (Cambridge, 2010), and Singing in the Age of Anxiety: Lieder Performances in New York and London between the World Wars (Chicago, 2018) and the co-edited volumes Rethinking Schumann (with Roe-Min Kok, Oxford, 2011) and German Song Onstage: Lieder Performance in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (with Natasha Loges, Indiana, 2020). Viking will publish Laura’s book about Beethoven in 2020. She held a TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) Knowledge Exchange Fellowship in collaboration with the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2016, for the project Unlocking late Schumann, and co-founded, with Philip Bullock and Alexandra Lloyd, the Oxford Song Network, which runs reading groups, study days, and workshops on song-related topics.

From October 2019 Laura holds a three-year Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for a new project about the string quartet. She regularly appears on the radio (Record Review, In Our Time,Start the Week) and gives pre-concert talks.

Last updated: Sep 2019