Hochschule für Musik Freiburg

Hochschule für Musik Freiburg
Type Public
Established 1946
Principal Dr. Rüdiger Nolte (Rector)
Students c. 550
Address Schwarzwaldstraße 141, Freiburg im Breisgau, Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Website www.mh-freiburg.de
The Hochschule für Musik Freiburg
Art at the main entrance of the Hochschule für Musik

The Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (University of Music, Freiburg or Freiburg Conservatory of Music) is a public music academy subsidized by the State of Baden-Württemberg for academic research and artistic and pedagogical training in music.


The Hochschule was initially founded as a municipal institution in 1946 under the direction of Gustav Scheck,[1][2][3] but two years later became an institution of the State of Baden (part of Baden-Württemberg since 1952). The original facilities were two intact townhouses in Freiburg's largely destroyed city center. Many of the early students went on to become renowned musicians, including the tenor Fritz Wunderlich. Numerous outstanding instrumental soloists and teachers have taught at the Hochschule, including Harald Genzmer, Aurele Nicolet, Ulrich Koch, Wolfgang Marschner, Ludwig Doerr, Carl Seemann, Erich and Elma Doflein, Edith Picht-Axenfeld and James Avery.

In 1954 Wolfgang Fortner founded the pioneering Institut für Neue Musik (Institute for New Music) at the Hochschule and later began a cooperation with the experimental electronic studio of the Heinrich-Strobel Foundation at the Freiburg branch of the Südwestfunks (now the Südwestrundfunk).

Following many years of being housed in numerous buildings throughout the city, the Hochschule erected a new state-of-the-art facility in 1983.[4]

Since the fall of 2005, the Hochschule has collaborated with the Universitätsklinikum Freiburg (Freiburg University Hospital) through the newly founded "Freiburger Institut für Musikermedizin" (Freiburg Institute for Performing Arts Medicine)[1] in order to research, teach, and promote specialized patient care based on the often overlooked connection between music making and health.

The Hochschule maintains international partnerships with the music conservatories in Odessa (Ukraine), Rochester (USA), Warsaw (Poland), Sydney and Kyoto (Japan).

Notable teachers and students

Courses of study

Since the beginning of the 2006/07 winter semester, the Hochschule was one of the first German music conservatories to provide most of its courses in line with the proposed European Bachelor/Master system.

The Hochschule is divided organizationally into five institutes: new music, musical theater, historical performance practice, the Freiburg Institute for Performing Arts Medicine, and the Freiburg School for the Gifted.


  1. 1 2 [http://kultur.baden-wuerttemberg.de/kultur-baden-wuerttemberg/pressemeldungen-detail/?tx_ttnews[tt_news]=924&cHash=86aeb0c188e92ec61f5f8c8c68b12fb4 "Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg feiert 60-jähriges Bestehen"] (Freiburg State Conservatory of Music celebrates 60-year existence)," press release, Kultur Baden-Württemberg, May 19, 2006 (German)
  2. Friedrich Blume, ed., Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart Volume 4 Fede-Gesangspädagogik, Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1955, OCLC 309933352, col. 878 (German)
  3. Recorder and Music Magazine volume 2 (1966) p. 215.
  4. Musikland Baden-Württemberg: Basis und Spitze, Ed. Norbert Bolín, International Bach Academy, Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2006, ISBN 978-3-17-019428-1, p. 104 (German)
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