Karin Paulsmeier was born 1943 in Hamburg, Germany. She began her music studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB), receiving her diploma in 1968, and continuing her formation in musicology at the University of Basel, Switzerland.
From 1970 to 2003 she taught „Notationskunde", the study of musical notation dating from the 12th to 18th centuries, at the SCB. Over the years she has gained international recognition as one of the most knowledgeable professionals in her field. Karin Paulsmeier's particular interest lies in the relationship between notation and musical style as they evolve over time, presenting a history of music through original sources. She frequently advises musicians on the interpretation and performance of music read directly from the original notation.
Apart from her work at the SCB, Karin Paulsmeier continues to share her experience through articles, lectures, and courses. Presently, she is preparing a textbook that will cover musical notation from the Middle Ages to the Classical era.
Karin Paulsmeier’s main interest lies in the interrelation of theoretical and practical aspects of musical notation. She transmits her knowledge and experience through workshops, lectures and articles.
In the spring of 2006 she was a guest teacher at the „Universidad Complutense“, Madrid (Spain), and the „Escuela de Musica de Catalunya“, Barcelona (Spain).