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Daniela Willimek, who was born in 1962, studied music in Karlsruhe and Vienna with a major in piano performance. She completed her degree with honors. She has received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation, the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation of Bayreuth and the Brahms Society of Baden-Baden. She is Winner of prizes and awards in national and international competition and Initiator of a series of CDs entitled Faszination Frauenmusik featuring piano music by female composers. She is a Lecturer at the Karlsruhe University of Music, Germany.
She is contributor to several highly regarded journals and a member of the German Society of Music Psychology. In 2009 she initiated an international study to determine the correlation between harmonies and emotions, inspired by Bernd Willimek's Theory of Musical Equilibration. More than 2000 participants on four different continents took part, including members of the famous Vienna Boys' Choir. The study was originally published in 2011 and translated into English by Laura Russell under the title "Music and Emotions: Research on the Theory of Musical Equilibration (die Strebetendenz-Theorie)" in 2013.