Manuel Bärwald is currently the Professor for general and special media development in the library and information science course at the Faculty of Computer Science and Media at the HTWK Leipzig. He was a research assistant at the research library at the Bach-Archiv Leipzig from 2009-2022. He studied musicology and philosophy at the University of Leipzig from 2003 to 2009 and library and information science at the Humboldt University in Berlin from 2015 to 2017. In 2014 he received his doctorate with a thesis on "Italian Opera in Leipzig (1744-1756)" at the University of Leipzig. As part of the research project "Johann Sebastian Bachs Thomaner" funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, he was responsible, among other things, for the musicological indexing and evaluation of biographical sources on the Thomas students from Bach's years of service in Leipzig. He has completed a revised edition of the St. John Passion (versions II and IV) as part of the New Bach Edition. Manuel regularly takes on teaching positions at the musicological institute of the University of Leipzig and at the "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" University of Music and Theater in Leipzig. He is the curator of the multimedia touring exhibition "Klangraum Mitteldeutschland", which was created in 2012/13 on behalf of Mitteldeutsche Barockmusik in Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen eV, and is now in Dresden, Erfurt, Halle, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Stuttgart and Zittau, among other places.