Dr Anja Bunzel graduated from Freie Universität, Berlin, in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in musicology. Her thesis was entitled ‘The Paradise and the Peri by Robert Schumann: An Examination of the Reception History of the Peri in Dublin and Leipzig between 1843 and 1854’. Her MA was preceded by a BA in Media and Communication Research (Major), Music Theory (Minor) and English Language and Literature (Minor) (also FU Berlin, 2010). In 2012, Anja took up PhD studies at Maynooth University, where she researched Johanna Kinkel’s (1810-1858) Lieder compositions within their socio-cultural context. Her PhD was supervised by Professor Lorraine Byrne Bodley and was funded by an Irish Research Council PG Scholarship. Anja defended her PhD in November 2016. Since 2012, she has given papers and invited lectures in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey, Italy, and Russia. Her publications include articles in Canadian, US-American and European journals. Anja gained first experience as an occasional lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University in 2016. Mentored by her PhD supervisor, she organised an international conference dealing with the European salon (Maynooth, October 2015), as a result of which she is currently working on two editorial projects. She was student rep of the Society for Musicology in Ireland from 2014 to 2017, and, as an SMI Council member she now represents the interests of early-career researchers in Ireland (2018-). From 2017-2018, she was an IRC-funded postdoctoral research fellow at Maynooth University. In the future, Anja hopes to continue lecturing in musicology and to pursue another publication project, as part of which she aims to turn her PhD thesis into a monograph. This project is being funded by way of an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship (October 2017-September 2018).
Anja has worked in Irish tourism and has gained work experience with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Kilkenny Arts Festival, and Open House Festival Belfast. She also worked for the German-French public broadcasting company ARTE during which time she provided German subtitles for Russian and English originals and was involved in the reconstruction of the Russian silent movie October. She is highly experienced with the music typesetting programme Sibelius and is fluent in both English and German.