Christiane Tewinkel studied music, musicology, and German and English literature at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and Harvard University. She earned her Ph.D. in musicology from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, with a dissertation on Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis op. 39.
In 2014, she was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, and in the same year, received her “habilitation” degree from the Universität der Künste Berlin. She has been a teaching fellow at Harvard University and has taught at the Stuttgart and Leipzig Conservatories. She is currently a senior lecturer at Universität der Künste and lecturer of musicology at the Barenboim-Said Akademie.
Christiane Tewinkel has received grants from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the German-American Fulbright Commission, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung as well as the Thyssen Stiftung. Her publications and research interests embrace nineteenth-century German song, the rise of the program note, the international network of pupils surrounding Franz Liszt, and the history of error in music. She has also published books and articles on music for a broader audience and has been a music critic for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Tagesspiegel.