Hoch Conservatory

Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium - Musikakademie
Frankfurt am Main
Director Mario Liepe
Founded 1878
Location Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
Students ca. 1000
Lecturers 80
Departments Music Studies Department

Diplom in Music
Diploma as State Qualified Music Pedagogue
Diploma in Performance

Pre-College-Frankfurt Program (PCF)

Preparation for Music Studies

Music Education for Youth and Adults (ANE)

Elementary Music Department

Ballet Department
Early Music Department
New Music and Composition Department

Address Sonnemannstr. 16
60314 Frankfurt am Main
Homepage http://www.dr-hochs.de

Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium - Musikakademie was founded in Frankfurt am Main on 22 September 1878. Through the generosity of Frankfurter Joseph Hoch, who bequeathed the Conservatory one million German gold marks in his testament, a school for music and the arts was established for all age groups. Instrumental to the foundation, prosperity and success of the Conservatory was its director Joachim Raff who did most of the work including setting the entire curriculum and hiring all its faculty.[1] It has played an important role in the history of music in Frankfurt. Many famous musicians have taught there: in the late 19th century, with teachers like Clara Schumann on the faculty, the Conservatory achieved international renown. In the 1890s about 25% of the students were from other countries: 46 were from England and 23 from America.

In the 1920s, under director Bernhard Sekles, the Conservatory was far ahead of its time: Sekles initiated the world’s first Jazz Studies (directed by Mátyás Seiber) and in 1931 the Elementary Music Department.

Today Dr. Hoch's Conservatory offers instruction in the Music Education for Youth and Adults (ANE) program, the Elementary Music Department (Basisabteilung), and the Pre-College-Frankfurt (PCF) program, which provides preparation for future studies at a Hochschule or Conservatory. There are also Ballet, Early Music and New Music departments. The following qualifications are available: Diplom in Music and Diplomas in Music Pedagogy in all instruments, voice, music theory, composition, performance, and Elementary Music Pedagogy.

100 DM bill Front
100 DM bill Reverse

The German Federal Bank honored the Conservatory on the reverse side of the former 100 DM bill with a picture of the original Conservatory building, unfortunately bombed in World War II. Clara Schumann is pictured on the front side of the same bill.


Clara Schumann, in 1878, taught at the Hoch Conservatory 1878-1892
Saalhof ca. 1900: Home of the Hoch Conservatory 1878-88
Eschenheimer Landstr. 4. Hoch Conservatory, c. 1900. Home of the Hoch Conservatory 1888-1943
Eschenheimer Landstr. 4. Volksbildungsheim. Home of the Hoch Conservatory 1951-1988
Philanthropin Frankfurt: Home of the Hoch Conservatory 1986-2004
Sonnenmannstraße 16: Home of the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt-Ostend


The first director: Joachim Raff in 1878

Famous Teachers

Engelbert Humperdinck composed Hänsel und Gretel ca. 1891 in Frankfurt am Main

Famous Students

Hans Pfitzner studied composition and piano at the Hoch Conservatory
Paul Hindemith aged 28 (1923). Hindemith studied violin and composition at the Conservatory

Other Teachers

Other Students

Oskar Fried, studied 1891-92 with Iwan Knorr

Questionable for the lists: Famous Teachers and Students

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Coordinates: 50°06′37″N 8°41′59″E / 50.1102°N 8.69986°E / 50.1102; 8.69986

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