Researcher biography

In addition to being an Honorary Professor at UQ, Samantha Owens is Professor of Musicology at Victoria University of Wellington (e-mail:, where she teaches papers on European art music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Samantha's research centres on historical performance practices and performance cultures, particularly early modern German court music, the musical life of early eighteenth-century Dublin, and the reception of German music and musicians in New Zealand and Australia, 1850–1950 (including itinerant 'German bands'). Her monograph, The Well-Travelled Musician: John Sigismond Cousser and Musical Exchange in Baroque Europe (Boydell Press, 2017), was funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant (2013–2015)

In 2012, Samantha was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and has also held visiting fellowships at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany (2004); Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (2007–2008); and (as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow) at the Institut für Musik, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (2009–2010) and the Bach-Archiv in Leipzig, Germany (2018). In 2011–2017, she was an Associate and (from 2015) International Investigator with the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Europe 1100–1800.