Stefan Kölsch originally studied the violin at the University of the Arts Bremen. But instead of opting for a career as a professional musician, he afterwards studied psychology and sociology. He then earned a PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and worked at Harvard University as well as at the interdisciplinary research center Languages of Emotion at the Free University Berlin. In 2015 he accepted the call to a prestigious chair at the University of Bergen in Norway. Stefan Kölsch is the most quoted neuroscientist in the field of music, a much sought-after co-author for new scientific publications and is considered to be one of the best known music psychologists in the world.