Helmut Loos studied Musical Education in Bonn, then Musicology, Art History and Philosophy at the University of Bonn, taking his doctorate in 1980, and senior doctorate (Dr. habil.) in 1989. He was a Research fellow at the University of Bonn, Department of Musicology (1981-1989). After the political events in 1989, he took up the position of Director of the Institute of German Music in the Eastern Regions in Bergisch Gladbach (1989-1993). He has been Professor of Historical Musicology at the Chemnitz University of Technology since April 1993, and at the Leipzig University since October 2001. He was Dean of the Department of History, Art History and Oriental Studies at the Leipzig University between 2003 and 2005. He has been an honorary member of the Gesellschaft für deutsche Musikkultur im südöstlichen Europa in Munich, since 2005. He is a member of international editorial boards of Hudební věda (Prague), Lituvos muzikologija (Vilnius), Ars & Humanitas (Ljubljana), Musicology Today (Bucharest), and Studies in Penderecki (Princeton, New Jersey).
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