Nuremberg University of Music
The Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg (Nuremberg University of Music) is the most recently established institution in Germany to offer an academic musical training, but it can look back on a long and firmly-rooted tradition.
The third State University of Music in Bavaria was inaugurated in Nuremberg in 2008. It was created from the Meistersinger-Konservatorium and the communal University of Music Nuremberg-Augsburg.
Around 400 students are now trained here in the basic areas of study – musical performance and music education – in the heart of the metropolitan region of Nuremberg.
Courses are offered in all the orchestra instruments, but also in singing, piano, organ, guitar, accordion and classical saxophone. There is also a lively jazz department, which is thoroughly integrated in the clubs of the city, and a department of early music, which regularly attracts unusual events to Nuremberg, thanks to its links throughout Europe.
The department of Elementary Music Education (EMP) coordinates and creates projects in musical education for young people as well as adults. The symphony orchestra as well as the madrigal choir, the University choir, the Big Band and many other chamber music ensembles and jazz groups enrich the cultural variety of the city. Together with the State Theatre the Nürnberg University of Music runs the International Opera Studio. A close cooperatin with the Germanisches Nationalmuseum results in the annual festival Early Music Days and further symposia.
Multiple qualifications and vocational orientation
As well as the high quality of its artistic training, the Nürnberg University of Music sees vocational orientation as an important aspect of its courses. In particular, multiple qualifications increase the employment opportunities of our graduates. In addition to classical orchestra and singing courses extra qualifications can be gained in the music education area in other instruments, in historical performance practice, in Elementary music education and also in conducting choirs and ensembles.
- Contemporary Music
- Old Music
- Elementary Music Education
- Vocal Section
- Music Education/Teaching Methodology
- Music Theory/Musicology
- Orchestra, Choir and Ensemble Direction
- Practice-oriented Piano Playing
- Key Qualifications
- Plucked Instruments
Contact Address and Useful Links
The Nuremberg University of Music is situated in a wonderful lakeside position on the Wöhrder See about 10 minutes from the city centre. More than 190 professors, lecturers and other teaching staff from many different countries look after the welfare of their students. A family atmosphere prevails, in which students of classical music work next door to jazz musicians, and students of modern instruments can take advantage of the chance to learn about historical performance practice. An extensive library and a newly-equipped recording studio are available to all students and staff.
The University of Music makes an important contribution to the cultural life in Nuremberg and the metropolitan region, with more than 350 concerts and cultural events every year. Students and staff present themselves to the public in the main churches of the city, in the Meistersingerhalle, the Heilig-Geist-Saal, the cultural centre Südpunkt and the University’s own chamber music room.
The jazz department, with around 50 students, is a particular focal point. Formations of jazz students play almost daily in the clubs and concert locations of the city. Internationally-known teachers guide and advise students not only in the fields of music, but also in networking within the music scene and in self-marketing. A further focal point lies in maintaining close links with the classical music courses: this is reflected in the courses available but also in musical crossover projects.
The Nürnberg University of Music runs several competitions, such as the Steinway Piano Competition, the Chamber Music Competition of the Mozart Society, the Bruno Rother Jazz Competition, the Competition for Classical Percussion and the Lions Music Competition for Guitar. Students from Nuremberg are frequently found among the prizewinners of international competitions. In 2016, three double bass players were among the prizewinners of the renowned international ARD competition. In addition the Nürnberg University of Music awards music education prizes annually and has been involved in many music education initiatives, in particular within the framework of elementary music education.
International Opera Studio an International Meistersinger Academy
The International Opera Studio is run in co-operation with the Nuremberg State Theatre. In a two-year cycle, a small group of specially-chosen international singers put the finishing touches to their preparations for a successful singing career. The International Meistersinger Academy (IMA) takes place every summer at Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, a small town near Nuremberg. The IMA offers emerging artists an exceptional environment of excellence in the study of opera, oratorio and Lied/Mélodie.