Lea Fink

Research Focus

  • Musical form
  • Reception of traditional form theories
  • Musical analysis and perception
  • Music analysis and music education

My research is motivated by experiences I have gained in the field of cultural education with classical orchestras. How the most complex music can become an exciting experience for the  listener's ears, how amateurs and professional musicians can interact musically in a way that enriches horizons and artistic experience for both. Since these situations are too complex and metaphoric in a scientific context, I decided to start at a very basic point: how proposed understandings of form in music theory relate to the actual perception of listeners and performers.



Academic Education


Rostock University of Music and Drama, Diploma Music theory


University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna


Longy School of Music, Cambridge (MA)


Rostock University of Music and Drama, Diploma Piano

Professional Experience


Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Music Department, research fellow


Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Future Lab - Head of Artistic and Education


Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Music Education




Czepiel, A., Fink, L. K., Fink, L. T., Wald-Fuhrmann, M., Tröndle, M., & Merrill, J. (2021). Synchrony in the periphery: inter-subject correlation of physiological responses during live music concerts. Scientific Reports, 11: 22457. doi:10.1038/s41598-021-00492-3.

Merrill, J., Czepiel, A., Fink, L. T., Toelle, J., & Wald-Fuhrmann, M. (2021). The Aesthetic Experience of Live Concerts: Self-Reports and Psychophysiology. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication. doi.org/10.1037/aca0000390


Awards & Grants



Fellow 2nd Masterclass on Music Education, Körber Foundation Hamburg


Full scholarship Evangelisches Studienwerks Villigst


  • „Schöne Stellen“—Beautiful Passages in Music

    If we are asked about music that we especially like or are moved by, and if we then try to describe what this involves, we are very likely to find ourselves using the word “beautiful.” If we wish to very briefly explain our enthusiasm for one ...

  • Formenlehre and the Understanding of Musical Form

    The form of a piece of music has been regarded as a central category for the evaluation of compositions since the 18th century. The Formenlehre (theory of forms) has developed beyond the theory of composition into an independent subject. ...