Laure Schnapper is a musicologist at the centre Georg-Simmel of the EHESS, and teaches in the Masters programme with a specialization in music at the EHESS. She is also the president of the the Institut européen des musiques juives de Paris.

After publication of her thesis, L’ostinato, procédé musical universel (Champion, 1998), she wrote numerous articles on music in nineteenth century France, as well as a book Henri Herz, magnat du piano. La vie musicale en France au xixe siècle (Éditions de l'EHESS, 2011), which received the prix des Muses. She has also devoted articles to “degenerate” music and to the exiled composer Joseph Kosma.

She recently published a number of articles on the composer Fernand Halphen (1872-1917), bandmaster during the Great War, and organized a concert of his works at the Musée d’art et d’histoire du judaïsme.