University of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden

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University of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden
founding 1856
Sponsorship state
place Dresden city arms Dresden
state SaxonySaxony Saxony
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Axel Koehler
Students 586 (WS 2015/16)

The Carl Maria von Weber University of Music Dresden is a state-run vocational institution at university level. Founded as a private conservatory on February 1, 1856, it acquired university status after the end of World War II. About 600 students are currently studying at the institute.

University of Music 1952
Wettiner Gymnasium main building
Building of the new concert hall


Today's music college was founded on February 1, 1856 by the chamber musician Friedrich Tröstler as a private conservatory. He sold it to Friedrich Pudor in 1859 . Under his leadership, the institution received the title Royal Conservatory in 1881 . This made it stand out from many competing private music schools in Dresden at that time. In 1887 Heinrich Pudor took over management from his father. Because his concept of relying exclusively on German music was met with strong criticism, he sold the conservatory in 1890 to Eugen Krantz , who had been teaching here since 1869. The facility remained in the possession of his family for 47 years.

By 1895, more than 100 teachers were teaching nearly 1,000 students. The Krantz family developed the profile of a music academy with an associated theater school and a state music teacher seminar. The conservatory was nicknamed the University of Music and Theater . Church musicians were also trained and there was a folk music school. The artistic director around 1930 was Paul Büttner . The headquarters of the Conservatory was at Landhausstrasse 11. There were branches in Bautzner Strasse , now in Werderstrasse and Haydnstrasse and later on Nicolaistrasse.

Under the sponsorship of the city of Dresden, the conservatory developed into an academy for music, theater and dance . Meyer-Giesow was the director in the 1940s. The artistic vocational training included orchestral school, chamber music classes, choir school, choir master school, conductor school, seminar for private music educators, a department for school music, a training school for vocational school students, opera school and opera preschool, a drama school and a department for stage dancers and dance apprenticeships. The seat of the music academy was at Seidnitzer Platz 6 from 1938 to 1945.

Emil Leibold built a new academy building with 21 classrooms in the style of socialist classicism with "sandstone rustica" and "pilaster architecture" by 1951 at Blochmannstrasse 2-4. The music academy was elevated to a university on November 11, 1952. The first director was Karl Laux . Following the Soviet model, it consisted of a music elementary school for 14 to 18 year olds, a conservatory with a music education seminar and an institute for opera and operetta. In 1959 the college was named Carl Maria von Weber . In the same year the now internationally recognized studio for voice research was founded. This was followed by the establishment of further institutes over the past twenty years.

In 2006 the university celebrated its 150th anniversary. Two years later the new building with the concert hall was inaugurated. In 2014, more classrooms and offices were added on the grounds of the Mitte power plant .

The university is a member of the KlangNetz Dresden and also works with numerous other project partners from Dresden and Saxony. These include the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) , the Dresden Philharmonic , the Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue , the Dresden University of Fine Arts , the Moritzburg Festival , the Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen , the Saxon Academy of the Arts , the Saxon Music Council , and the Dresden State Theater and the Semperoper .

Degree programs and institutes

The courses offered are orchestral music , singing , piano , conducting / accompaniment , composition - music theory , jazz / rock / pop , instrumental and vocal pedagogy and school music . The subjects of early music , rhythm / EMP and chamber music can also be studied in the postgraduate course . The Dresden University of Music has the right to award doctorates in the subjects of musicology , music education and music theory.

The main focus of the work is a. in the orchestra training, which takes place with the involvement of numerous musicians from the two major orchestras in Dresden, and the opera class with the development of two complete productions per academic year. The jazz / rock / pop discipline was founded in autumn 1962 and is the oldest of its kind in Germany.

The research facilities include the Institute for Musicology, the Institute for Musical Teaching and Learning, the Center for Music Theory and the Institute for Musicians' Medicine with the Studio for Voice Research. The university also has a studio for electronic music and an institute for new music . The Dresden Chamber Choir is affiliated with the university . The Heinrich Schütz Archive is attached to the Institute for Musicology .

Performances by the students mostly take place in the central university building on Wettiner Platz , which has had a small hall as well as a concert hall designed by the Stuttgart Hammeskrause architects with 450 seats since October 2008 . Together with the Dresden State Theater, the opera class uses a stage in Dresden's Neustadt that has been specially equipped to meet the requirements of music theater. The University of Music is also a regular guest at other venues in the city, including the Semperoper , Albrechtsberg Castle and the Marcolini Palace .


Professors and university lecturers





This list only includes current teachers with their own Wikipedia page.

See also


  • Manuel Gervink (Ed.): University of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden 1856 - 2006. Dresden 2005, ISBN 3-937602-57-7
  • Manfred Weiss: Everyone had their own program. The composer's classes at the “Carl Maria von Weber” University of Music in Dresden and their graduates from 1966–1999. In: Matthias Herrmann, Stefan Weiss (ed.): Dresden and advanced music in the 20th century. Part III: 1966-1999. ( Music in Dresden 6). Laaber, 2004, ISBN 3-89007-511-8 , pp. 125-140.

Web links

Commons : University of Music Dresden  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ University of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden: Management & Organization. Retrieved November 24, 2019 .
  2. Students at universities in the Free State of Saxony 2015 ( Memento from October 16, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), Statistical Report (PDF), State Statistical Office of the Free State of Saxony
  3. ^ The Dresden Conservatory, 1904
  4. ^ Waldo Selden Pratt: The history of music: a handbook and guide for students. 1927
  5. ^ Karlheinz Blaschke, Holger Starke, Uwe John: History of the city of Dresden: From the founding of the empire to the present. Volume 3, Theiss, 2006.
  6. Address book for Dresden and suburbs 1904.
  7. Address book for Dresden and suburbs 1932 ( memento of November 11, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) on
  8. ^ Address book from 1943/44
  9. ^ Günter Zschacke: Carl Maria von Weber: Romantics on the move. Verlag Schmidt-Römhild, 1985.
  10. ^ Homepage of the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music Dresden, portrait and cooperations
  11. The oldest jazz course in Germany is celebrating its birthday

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