University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin

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University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin
founding 1950
Sponsorship state
place Berlin
state BerlinBerlin Berlin
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Sarah Wedl-Wilson
Students 600 including Jazz Institute Berlin
WS 2015/16
Employee 155
including professors 67
Annual budget around € 15.3 million (2018)

The State University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin (HFM) was founded in 1950 and is one of the leading music universities in Europe.

The music academy located in Berlin-Mitte is named after the composer and music theorist Hanns Eisler and has its headquarters at Charlottenstraße  55 opposite the Konzerthaus Berlin on Gendarmenmarkt . After extensive renovation, the New Marstall ( Schlossplatz  7) was added as a further location in 2005 .

The university houses a symphony orchestra , a chamber orchestra , a choir , a study orchestra, the Eisler Winds symphonic wind orchestra and the Echo Ensemble .

Charlottenstrasse 55 (main building)
New Marstall location


Since after the founding of the GDR, both the music academy and all the conservatories were in West Berlin , the GDR Ministry for Popular Education decided in 1949 to establish a new music academy. A building on Wilhelmstrasse that was badly damaged by the war was repaired, and on October 1, 1950, the German University of Music opened .

The founding rector was the musicologist Georg Knepler . The first professorial college included Rudolf Wagner-Régeny and Hanns Eisler (composition), Helmut Koch (conducting), Helma Prechter and Arno Schellenberg (vocals). Reinhold Krug was appointed director of the conservatory of the newly founded University of Music , who later was also artistic director of the affiliated special school for music.

In 1955, the directing course was introduced to train opera and music theater directors, as two students had expressed particular interest in this subject. This music college was one of the first in Europe to offer a course of this kind.

In 1964 the university was renamed the “Hanns Eisler” Berlin University of Music , and a bronze bust of the composer created by the sculptor Fritz Cremer was given a place of honor in the foyer of the building .

To promote young talent, the vocational school for music was opened at the same time as the university was founded on September 1, 1950 , which was converted into the special school for music in 1965 and assigned directly to the University of Music. Since 1991 it has been called the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Music High School .

In 2005, the Berlin Jazz Institute (JIB) was founded as a joint institution of the Hanns Eisler University of Music and the Berlin University of the Arts .


The university library's holdings include 14,400 books, 57,000 sheet music and 4,100 CDs / videos.

Departments and Institutes

The music academy consists of four departments and three institutes, which are maintained together with the Berlin University of the Arts . There is also a collaboration with the Berlin Career College (formerly the Central Institute for Further Education) in the field of specialist and interdisciplinary further education and training. Among other things, students and alumni of the university have the opportunity to take part in the offers of the Career & Transfer Service Center of the University of the Arts Berlin (CTC).

The following courses of study were offered in the 2015/16 winter semester: singing , musical theater directing , directing , string instruments , harp , guitar , wind instruments , drums , conducting , accompaniment , piano , composition , historical and contemporary music composition , song composition, chamber music and electroacoustic music.

Kurt Singer Institute Berlin for Music Physiology and Musician's Health

The Kurt Singer Institute Berlin for Music Physiology and Musician's Health has been researching health aspects of the music profession since 2002. The namesake is the Jewish doctor and musicologist Kurt Singer , who headed a medical advice center at the music academy in Berlin from 1923 to 1932. He is the successor of the surgeon Moritz Katzenstein . In addition, he held a teaching position for musicians' diseases. He was released from his position when the National Socialists came to power and died in Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1944 . Music medicine specialist Alexander Schmidt has headed the institute since 2014 .

KLANGZEITORT - Institute for New Music

The Institute for New Music has been operated in cooperation with the Berlin University of the Arts since 2003 . When dealing with contemporary music , it can fall back on the in-house ensemble Klangexekutive as well as the electronic studios of the Berlin universities. There are the ZOOM and FOCUS concert series as well as events on various topics (e.g. notation, intonation, classical music from India, contemporary composition in Latin America). The institute is headed by Daniel Ott (composer), Wolfgang Heiniger (composer), Iris ter Schiphorst (composer) and Irene Kletschke (music and theater scholar).

Jazz Institute Berlin

Main article: Jazz Institute Berlin

With the creation of the Jazz Institute (JIB) in 2005 it was possible to guarantee jazz education at an international level. The professors include the Americans John Hollenbeck and Judy Niemack-Prins . The departments are divided into woodwinds, brass instruments, vocals, piano, string instruments, drum percussion, mallets as well as science, theory and media. The artistic director is the jazz saxophonist Peter Less .


Around 300 events are held each year. Regular event formats are the Slow Listening lecture concert series, the series of Excellence Concerts in the Coronation Carriage Hall , music theater workshops, the Gendarmenmarkt Music Forum , graduate concerts , the series of public masterclasses on Fridays at 6 , the student concert series Collage Concerts , the lunchtime classical concerts at one , Ensemble- Concerts and the numerous lecture evenings.

Cooperations exist u. a. with the Konzerthaus Berlin, the three Berlin opera houses, the Bayreuth Festival , the HAU ( Hebbel am Ufer ) and the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation . Many events take place in cooperation with other orchestras, including the Konzerthausorchester , the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt (Oder) , the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic and the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra . In addition to its own halls in Charlottenstrasse and the New Marstall, the venue is in particular the Konzerthaus Berlin. In addition, the university choir performed in the Berlin Cathedral and the French Friedrichstadtkirche , the Echo Ensemble played in the State Opera Unter den Linden and in the Guggenheim Museum , and the symphony orchestra was repeatedly a guest in the Berlin Philharmonic .

The Kritische Orchester® - Workshop for Interactive Conducting was founded in 2002 by the then rector Christhard Gössling at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin, based on an idea by Klaus Harnisch. The Critical Orchestra sees itself as an ensemble and body of artistic mentors for prospective conductors and gives direct feedback on conducting impulses in the rehearsals in the conductor's workshop. Every year around 90 musicians from German orchestras nationwide come together for the Critical Orchestra, including former and active members of the Staatskapelle Berlin , the Berlin Philharmonic , the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin , the Orchestra of the Komische Oper , the Saxon State Orchestra Dresden and the Dresden Philharmonic , the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne , the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the NDR Symphony Orchestra . Participants included a. Patrick Lange , Eivind Gullberg Jensen , Michał Dworzynski, David Afkham and Kristiina Poska . Lothar Strauss, 1st concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Berlin, has been the artistic director of the Critical Orchestra since 2014. Conductor Lothar Zagrosek is the conductor's mentor in 2016 . In October 2015, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin and the Conductors' Forum of the German Music Council to continue the project.



Rectors of the Hanns Eisler University of Music Berlin since 1950:

Honorary senators

In their function as honorary senators, the following personalities support and support the artistic and educational goals of the university:

  • Claudio Abbado (1997), former chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Daniel Barenboim (1994), GMD of the State Opera Unter den Linden
  • Wolfgang Rihm (2000), former composer-in-residence of the Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Sir Simon Rattle (2005), former chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker

University Council

The university council is composed of:

Well-known professors and lecturers

Well-known graduates

Friends' Association and Awards

The Society of Friends and Patrons of the Hanns Eisler University of Music Berlin , the Friends' Association of the Hanns Eisler University of Music Berlin, supports students and projects at the university, finances master classes, awards prizes and organizes concerts. Martina von Brüning is the chairperson.

Together with the university, the Friends' Association has organized the Boris Pergamenschikow Prize for chamber music in memory of the cellist Boris Pergamenschtschikow since 2005 . It is endowed with 10,000 euros. In addition, the association has been awarding the startup! Music prize to particularly talented students at the university every two years since 2002 . This prize of 5,000 euros supports services such as a recording in the Deutschlandradio Kultur studio, a photo shoot for the application documents or the design of an internet presence.

In addition to these awards, the Renate Schorler Foundation supports the Berlin piano competition in memory of the pianist and university professor Renate Schorler . For a long time she worked as a teacher at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin and set up a foundation for the piano department of the university, which is committed to promoting young talented pianists and the piano works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy .

Since 2013, the Hanns Eisler Composers Forum and Hanns Eisler Performance Prize (formerly Hanns Eisler Prize for Composition and Interpretation of Contemporary Music ) have been awarded by the University , which promotes new compositional works and their interpretation.

The international composition competition New Scenes, a cooperation between the Deutsche Oper and the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin, is aimed at young composers. The winners will receive a scholarship to compose a music-theatrical work followed by a premiere in the joinery of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Web links

Commons : University of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin (accessed December 17, 2015)
  2. Performance report for 2018 on the implementation of the university contract. Land Berlin, p. 22 , accessed on August 3, 2020 .
  3. ^ University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. In: - DIE ZEIT's career portal for science and research. academics GmbH, archived from the original on October 31, 2009 ; Retrieved April 24, 2016 .
  4. ^ Ensembles. (No longer available online.) Hanns Eisler University of Music Berlin, archived from the original on December 16, 2015 ; Retrieved December 17, 2015 .
  5. a b History of the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. In: Retrieved April 24, 2016 .
  6. Cultural monument bust of Hanns Eisler, 1964
  7. ^ Career & Transfer Service Center of the Berlin University of the Arts. Berlin Career College, Berlin University of the Arts, Central Institute for Continuing Education, accessed on February 1, 2016 .
  8. Degree programs. University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin, accessed on April 24, 2016 .
  9. ↑ Calendar of events. University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin, accessed on April 24, 2016 .
  10. Events in the summer semester 2016. (PDF) (No longer available online.) Hanns Eisler University of Music Berlin, February 26, 2016, archived from the original on April 24, 2016 ; Retrieved April 24, 2016 .
  11. Cooperations. (No longer available online.) Hanns Eisler University of Music Berlin, archived from the original on April 14, 2016 ; Retrieved April 24, 2016 .
  12. The Critical Orchestra - Workshop for Interactive Conducting. University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin, accessed on April 24, 2016 .
  13. ^ Hochschulnews: Sarah Wedl-Wilson elected Rector of Hanns Eisler . Article dated May 17, 2019, accessed May 17, 2019.
  14. ^ University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin Honorary Senators ( Memento from December 23, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) (accessed December 18)
  15. ^ University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin University Council (accessed on December 18)
  16. Wolfgang Fuhrmann: The conductor Shi-Yeon Sung tells about Korean and European traditions: I want you to cry. In: Berliner Zeitung . July 28, 2007.
  17. Hanns Eisler University of Music Berlin Förderverein (accessed on December 21, 2015)
  18. ^ Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin Competitions (accessed on December 21, 2015)

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