University of Music and Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig
|University of Music and Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig|
|founding||April 2, 1843 as
Conservatory of Music
|Students||992 (WS 2014/15)|
|Employee||600 (including 513 scientific / artistic staff )|
|Annual budget||€ 11.3 million|
The University of Music and Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig ( HMT Leipzig for short ) is a state university in Leipzig and the oldest music university in Germany . It was founded in 1843 as the Conservatory of Music by the Gewandhauskapellmeister , composer and pianist Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) and quickly developed into one of the most renowned institutions of its kind in Europe. The HMT also houses the traditional Church Music Institute (KI), which was founded in 1919 by the Thomaskantor and organist Karl Straube (1873–1950).
In honor of its founder, when it reopened in 1946, it was named the State University of Music - Mendelssohn Academy (from 1972 University of Music "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" ). After the integration of the “Hans Otto” theater school in Leipzig , the first theater school in Germany, it has had its current name since 1992
There is a close connection between training and practice with the Gewandhausorchester and the opera , the MDR Symphony Orchestra , also the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra and the Central German theaters: the Chemnitz City Theater , the Dresden State Theater , the New Theater Halle , the Leipzig Theater and the German National Theater ( DNT) in Weimar.
The University of Music and Theater is one of 365 locations selected in 2006 by the Germany - Land of Ideas initiative .
Conservatory of Music
The traditional music city of Leipzig, where Johann Sebastian Bach already worked, offered optimal conditions for the establishment of a musical and academic talent factory at the beginning of the 19th century. Four committed citizens of the city, namely the lawyer Heinrich Conrad Schleinitz (second director), the district director of Leipzig Johann Paul von Falkenstein and the royal Saxon court advisor Johann Georg Keil as well as the Gewandhauskapellmeister Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy put the previous ideas into practice.
The project was financially supported by the will of the Royal Saxon High Court Judge Heinrich Blümner († 1839), who made 20,000 thalers available to the Saxon King Friedrich August II . In January 1843 the program of the future conservatory was published. On April 2, 1843, the composer Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) finally founded a Conservatory of Music . A total of 63 students (including Americans, English and Dutch) were accepted in the first year, with Theodor Kirchner as the very first .
The first board of directors included the founding fathers, the city councilor Moritz Seeburg and the music publisher Friedrich Kistner . Later the merchants Gustav Preusser and Johann Heinrich Gruner , the city councilor Ludwig Lippert-Dähne , the lawyer and canon Emil Wendler and the legation councilor Adolf Keil were won over to the management. In 1883 there was another restructuring under Otto Günther , who appointed the businessman Emil Trefftz , the theater director Heinrich Behr , the consul Bernhard Limburger and the bank director Rudolf Wachsmuth .
The educational establishment was initially located in the (first) Gewandhaus (Gewandgäßchen / Universitätsstraße in the city center, today the municipal department store is located there ). Musicians from the Gewandhaus Orchestra were hired as teachers for the orchestral instruments to train their youngsters. This unique and successful tradition was only given up after German reunification in 1990 for formal reasons. In addition to Mendelssohn, Moritz Hauptmann , Robert Schumann , Ferdinand David , Carl Ferdinand Becker and Christian August Pohlenz initially taught . Subsequently Ferdinand Böhme , Moritz Klengel , Louis Plaidy , Ernst Ferdinand Wenzel and Henriette Bünau-Grabau appeared as teachers.
As early as 1843/44, Mendelssohn Bartholdy moved to Berlin at the request of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV . Ferdinand Hiller took over his professorship for a short time . Schumann also moved to Dresden as a choir director. Rudolph Sachse , Giovanni Battista Ghezzi , Ernst Friedrich Richter (teacher of Oscar Paul ) and Niels Wilhelm Gade came to Leipzig for this. Furthermore, there were Franz Brendel , Ignaz Moscheles , Joseph Joachim (his successor Raimund Dreyschock ) and Julius Rietz . In 1843 , Clara Schumann taught at the conservatory for a few months .
The great singing tradition at the Conservatory can be explained by renowned teachers. Bünau-Grabau was replaced in 1852 by Fanny Schäfer-Hofer , she in 1853 by Franz Götze and he in turn in 1868 by Carl Gloggner-Castelli . Albert Konewka came in 1871 and Adolf Schimon in 1874 .
Royal Conservatory or State Conservatory of Music
In 1876 the institution received permission to use the name of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Leipzig in the future. On December 5, 1887, the new building of the conservatory at Grassistraße 8 was inaugurated, which was built from 1885 to 1887 according to a design by the Leipzig architect Hugo Licht in the music district southwest of the old town. The patron was the family of the pathologist Justus Radius . In addition, generous donations were made by Messrs. Demuth, Question, Gruner, Keil, Seeburg and Vogt.
In 1924 the Royal Conservatory (after the Kingdom of Saxony had ceased to exist for six years) was renamed the State Conservatory of Music in Leipzig .
In the summer semester of 1938 342 students (exclusively males) studied at the State Conservatory; This made it the fourth largest music academy in the German Empire after the Berlin School of Music (633 students), the Cologne University of Music (406 students) and the Munich University of Music and Theater (404 students) .
From 1942 to 1945 the Austrian composer Johann Nepomuk David (1895–1977), who had worked as a teacher since 1934 and later as a professor at the State Conservatory, was the acting director of the institution.
University of Music
On 8 June 1941 (six years after the DC circuit of Saxony), the "State Conservatory" was in Royal Academy of Music, Music Education and Performing Arts renamed. In 1944 the music college had to cease operations due to the war.
On October 1, 1946, the University of Music was reopened as the State University of Music - Mendelssohn Academy and was given the name Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music on November 4, 1972, on the 125th anniversary of the death of its founder .
University of Music and Theater
The Saxon University Structure Act of April 10, 1992 confirmed the music academy in Leipzig and expanded it at the same time by joining parts of the disbanded theater academy "Hans Otto" (founded in Leipzig in 1953 as the first theater academy in Germany) to become today's University of Music and Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy " .
“Mendelssohn's idea has proven itself over 150 years. His conservatory, together with the Thomanern, the opera and the Gewandhaus, forms the backbone of our urban musical life to this day. "
The south wing with the concert hall of the conservatory, which was destroyed in the Second World War, was replaced by a new building in 1995. In 2001 the new large hall with 430 seats was opened. The design by the Dortmund architects Gerber - clad in wood on the outside and inside - was awarded in 2004 by the Association of German Architects of Saxony. The second building of the university on Dittrichring (former headquarters of the old Leipzig life insurance or "House of German-Soviet Friendship ") was occupied in 2002. An orchestral academy to promote top musicians has existed since 2004 in cooperation with the Gewandhaus Orchestra .
Even today, contemporary composing, new music , plays a major role at the university again. In 2007, the composition department founded the Music & Present series , which includes a number of concerts per academic year, including premiering student works once per semester. The same name also denotes an annual interdisciplinary symposium to which speakers “from the fields of philosophy, music criticism, science, composition and literature” are invited to the university.
The concert organ in the Great Hall was built in 2002 by Orgelbau Eule (Bautzen). There was already a large concert organ in the historic Great Hall, which was destroyed in World War II, which was built in 1887 by the organ builder EF Walcker & Cie. (Ludwigsburg) was built. Today's organ was built based on instruments by Walcker and Friedrich Ladegast. The slider chest instrument has 60 (including two extended) stops on three manuals and pedal. The game actions are mechanical, the stop actions are electric. The instrument is equipped with a programmable crescendo roller. In addition to the swell, the positive and the rare Physharmonika 8 ′ register can also be swelled.
- Coupling: II / I, III / I (also as sub-octave coupling), III / II (also as sub-octave coupling), I / P, II / P, III / P
From 1978 to 1994 the music college had a branch in the city of Magdeburg . The institute was considered a stronghold of mandolin training in the GDR. In addition, the subjects guitar , choir singing and violin could be studied. Heads of the branch were among others Eitelfriedrich Thom (1978–1980), Ilona Blumenthal-Petzold (1983–1986), Joachim Beese , Dr. Rüdiger Pfeiffer (1987–1990) and Hermann Müller (1990–1994). Under Müller, the branch was integrated into the Institute for Music of the newly founded Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg .
Church music institute
→ Main article: Church music institute
In 1992, the University's Church Music Institute (KI) was re-established. Its founding goes back to Karl Straube (1873–1950) in 1921. It has an important tradition in Germany, associated with names such as Kurt Thomas (1904–1973) and Günther Ramin (1898–1956). It belongs to Faculty III of the university and offers, in addition to the courses in church music B and A, the diploma courses in choral conducting and organ as well as the corresponding artistic postgraduate courses.
Name of the college
- 1843–1876: Conservatory of Music
- 1876–1924: Royal Conservatory of Music in Leipzig
- 1924–1941: State Conservatory of Music in Leipzig
- 1941–1944: State University for Music, Music Education and the Performing Arts
- 1946–1972: State University of Music - Mendelssohn Academy
- 1972–1992: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy College of Music
- since 1992: University of Music and Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig
The music academy is located in the music district in Leipzig's Zentrum-Süd district. The main building and the Bläserhaus are on Grassistraße , between Wächterstraße and Beethovenstraße . Neighboring universities are the University of Technology, Economics and Culture Leipzig and the University of Graphic and Book Art Leipzig . Other institutions nearby are the Leipzig University Library and the Gallery for Contemporary Art , as well as the Federal Administrative Court , the Spanish Embassy , the Consulate General of the USA and the Honorary Consul of Romania .
The university is managed by a Rector's College , consisting of a Rector as Chairman, two Vice Rectors and a Chancellor . The current rector is Martin Kürschner . He represents the university externally. The Vice Rectors and thus his deputies are Gerald Fauth , responsible for teaching and studies, and Berthold Schmid , responsible for artistic practice. Oliver Grimm is the university's chancellor. He was appointed in 2010 by the Saxon State Ministry for Science and Art . He is the chief administrator and responsible for the university's budget.
The highest body is the Senate . It consists of eleven voting members. There are six university professors, three employees and two students. In addition, there are the rector, the two vice rectors, the chancellor, the deans of the three faculties and the university’s equal opportunities officer as members with an advisory capacity.
The Extended Senate comprises eleven members with voting rights (eight professors, four employees, four students) as well as the Rector, the Vice Rectors, the Chancellor, the Deans and the University's Equal Opportunities Officer as members with an advisory vote.
The University Council is composed of five personalities. Members are Monika Harms ( Attorney General at the Federal Court of Justice ), Iris Weidinger (CFO European Energy Exchange AG), Martin Krumbiegel (associate professor for musicology) and Frithjof-Martin Grabner (professor for double bass). The chairman is Eckart Hien ( former President of the Federal Administrative Court ).
The university’s equal opportunities and women's representatives, who are elected for three years, focus on equal opportunities for women and men, representing the interests of women, studying with children, improving the compatibility of studies, work and family, and preventing and prosecuting sexual harassment Bullying and funding opportunities.
The university has a staff council that is elected for four years.
The representative for severely disabled employees also serves for four years.
The mouthpiece of the students is the seven-member student council (StuRa).
In addition, there is a commissioner for foreigners , a commissioner for alumni work, a commissioner for the junior support class, a library commission, a Bologna working group, a graduate and master class commission, an appraiser in the DAAD selection commission, a regulatory committee, a doctoral commission, and an examination board each of the departments, a safety officer , a sports officer, a permanent admission committee for the master class, an environmental officer, a liaison officer of the German National Academic Foundation , an election committee and an admissions committee.
The head of administration of the university is the chancellor.
There are also three presentations. First, the Finance, Budget and Personnel Unit, which regulates financial and personnel matters. Second, the study affairs department, which organizes the studies. Finally, thirdly, the internal service department for spatial and security-related matters.
Secretariats are held by the rectorate, the vice rectorate, the chancellery, the deanery and the acting department.
circle of friends
The Friends of the University of Music and Theater Leipzig eV was founded in 1991. He financed the DM 1 million new building of the university's large hall, which was completed in 2001. Today 200 people are members of the association. The chairman of the board is Ingbert Blüthner-Haessler , the owner of the world-famous Julius Blüthner Pianofortefabrik GmbH .
Departments and courses of study
The Bologna Process was introduced in 1999 . This led to an intensive discussion on modularized Bachelor and Master courses. All subject areas will implement the process by the winter semester 2010/11.
There are different admission requirements for all subjects. Some courses of study can also be studied with a secondary school diploma if they are particularly suitable .
Faculty II includes the subjects classical singing / music theater , early music and the drama institute "Hans Otto". The acting training at HMT is unique in Germany. Since the switch to master’s degree, the study period has been eight semesters, of which the first four (“basic modules”) are completed at the university. During the last two years ("specialization modules") practical training takes place in so-called studios, which are located at the Schauspiel Köln , Staatsschauspiel Dresden , Neue Theater Halle and Schauspiel Leipzig . A passed aptitude test and the entrance exam are prerequisites for admission to the course. The university entrance qualification is not required, but applicants may not be more than 24 years old.
The musicology, music pedagogy and languages subject area examines instrumental genres from the 14th to the 16th century: improvisation - style - genre, the interaction of style and genre features, a project by Kateryna Schöning. It was funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation .
In 2006, HMT's composition and composition department organized the symposium " Sethus. " In cooperation with the State Institute for Music Research (SIM) of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation , the Society for Music Theory (GMTH) and the Forum Thomanum under the patronage of Thomas Cantor Georg Christoph Biller Calvisius ”. The report and the CD for the symposium were published in 2008. In the academic years 2017/18 and 2018/19 the composition / composition department cooperated with the music department of the Sorbonne on a research project entitled "Compositrices et interprètes en France et en Allemagne: approches historiques, sociologiques et analytiques".
In 2006, the Dramaturgy Department organized an international symposium funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, The Relationship between Music and Choreography in Ballet from the 16th to the 20th Century, in collaboration with Michael Malkiewicz from the Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg and Jörg Rothkamm . The research project Theater and 19th Century was launched under the direction of Petra Stuber . In addition, she heads the third-party funded project Virtual Library for Media and Communication Studies, Theater and Film Art ( Virtual Library for medien stage film ). Currently (2009) she is researching the topic of “Theater and the 19th Century”.
The acting department has been involved in the research project “Systemic Bodies? Cultural and political constructions of the actor in drama-method programs in Germany 1945–1989 ”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Anja Klöck is in charge .
The university has had a library since it was founded. Initially, local music publishers donated the music college, in particular the first director Heinrich Conrad Schleinitz (1802-1881) and the founder Hedwig von Holstein (1819-1897). From the years 1844 to 1881, the examination protocols are Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's (1809–1847), Carl Ferdinand Beckers (1804–1877), Ignaz Moscheles (1794–1870), Moritz Hauptmanns (1792–1868) and Ferdinand Davids (1810–1873 ) receive. In 1853, King Friedrich August II of Saxony (1797–1854) left valuable duplicates from the Royal House Library in Dresden. At the beginning of the 20th century, the musicologist Johannes Wolgast collected for the library. In 1965 the library took over the collections of the Halle Conservatory, including those of the singer Maria von Marra-Vollmer (1822–1878). The holdings of the University of Music and the Theater School, e.g. B. a collection about the actor Hans Otto (1900-1933), were merged in 1993.
The university's library has a total of 200,000 media. These are expanded by 2,500 annually. The media consists of 50,000 books, 150 magazines, 135,000 sheet music, 16,000 sound carriers, microfilm material and electronic information resources. (Status 2011)
Student and Student Life
In the 2013/2014 winter semester, a total of 946 students were enrolled at the university. Of these 450 men (47.6%) and 496 women (52.4%). The proportion of foreign students was 275 (29.1%). These come from over 50 countries, primarily from Poland , Russia , South Korea and the People's Republic of China . 13 foreign students receive individual support from the German Academic Exchange Service , which puts the Leipzig University in the top group of music colleges.
The University of Music regularly hosts numerous music competitions . The Lions Club Leipzig awards the Albert Lortzing Prize for Singing, endowed with € 2,500 . In addition, the university organizes the university competition for ensembles and the Young Concert Artists European Auditions in cooperation with the Young Concert Artists (YCA), New York. With around 470 public cultural events annually, it is the leader among all German music universities.
The students have the opportunity to perform several times a year in opera productions, oratorios and chamber concerts in Faculty I. The program also includes concerts in theaters in the city of Leipzig and Saxony. Public appearances in chamber music and orchestra are also part of the curriculum.
The students of the HMT can take advantage of all offers of the Studentenwerk Leipzig. In addition, there are cafeterias with lunch options in the atrium on Dittrichring and in Wächterstraße for the students of the Musikhochschule. The lecturers and practice rooms are accessible to all students thanks to the size of the university. City life with extensive cultural offerings complements the university's education.
Since it was founded, the university has maintained lively relationships with foreign universities thanks to its prominent lecturers and graduates. There are diverse international relationships with lecturers, some of whom work as guest lecturers in Leipzig every year. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers students and graduates scholarships for European and non-European countries. The university has an international focus and, since the 1990s, students and teachers have had the opportunity to exchange in Europe via Socrates and Erasmus . There are over 57 partner universities in other European countries:
The university maintains partnerships with the following universities abroad:
- Antwerp University of Applied Sciences; Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel ; Conservatoire Royal de Liège
- Det Kongelige Danske Music Conservatory Copenhagen, Rytmisk Music Conservatory Copenhagen ; Vestjysk Music Conservatory Esbjerg
- Eesti Muusikaakadeemia Tallinn
- Sibelius Akatemia Helsinki
- Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris ; CRR de Paris; Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon; CRR Center Georges-Gorses Boulogne Billancourt; CRR de Rennes - Musique Danse Théatre
- University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki
- Birmingham Conservatoire ; Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Glasgow; Royal Academy of Music London ; Royal Northern College of Music Manchester ; University of Oxford ; Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Guildhall School of Music & Drama
- Cork Institute of Technology - Cork School of Music
- Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík
- Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
- Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Luigi Cherubini” Firenze; Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano; Conservatorio di Musica "Alfredo Casella" L'Aquila; Accademia di Belli Arti di Palermo; Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Gioachino Rossini” Pesaro; Conservatorio di musica “FA Bonporti” Trento; Conservatorio di Musica di Vicenza
- Lietuvos muzikos akademija Vilnius
- Conservatorium van Amsterdam ; Hansehogeschool Groningen ; Koninklijk Conservatorium The Hague ; Maastricht Conservatory ; Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
- Universitetet i Agder ; Norges Musikkhøgskole Oslo
- University of Music and Performing Arts Graz ; Mozarteum University Salzburg ; Anton Bruckner Private University for Music, Drama and Dance Linz ; University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
- Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie ; Akademia Muzyczna Łódź; Akademia Muzyczna Poznań ; Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Lipińskiego we Wrocławiu
- Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa; Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo do Porto
- Universitatea de Muzica din Bucuresti; University of Timişoara
- St. Petersburg State Academy of Theater Arts
- Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm ; Musikhögskolan vid Göteborgs universitet; Musikhögskolan i Malmö
- Conservatoire de Lausanne ; University of Music Lugano; Zurich University of Music and Theater
- Akademija za glasbo v Ljubljani
- Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya Barcelona; Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid ; Conservatorio de Música de Salamanca; Conservatorio Superior de Música “Manuel Castillo” in Seville
- Janáčkova akademie múzických umění v Brně ; Academy múzických umění v Praze
- Hacettepe Universitesi Ankara; Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Türk Müsikisi Devlet Konservatuari
- Music Academy "Peter Tchaikovsky"
- Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem
Rectors of the university were:
- 1843–1847: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)
- 1847–1881: Heinrich Conrad Schleinitz (1802–1881)
- 1881–1897: Otto Günther (1822–1897)
- 1897–1902: Carl Reinecke (1824–1910)
- 1902–1907: Arthur Nikisch (1855–1922)
- 1907–1924: Stephan Krehl (1864–1924)
- 1924–1932: Max von Pauer (1866–1945)
- 1932–1942: Walther Davisson (1885–1973)
- 1942–1945: Johann Nepomuk David (1895–1977), acting
- 1945–1948: Heinrich Schachtebeck (1886–1965)
- 1948–1973: Rudolf Fischer (1913–2003)
- 1973–1984: Gustav Schmahl (1929–2003)
- 1984–1987: Peter Herrmann (1941–2015)
- 1987–1990: Werner Felix (1927–1998)
- 1990–1997: Siegfried Thiele (* 1934)
- 1997–2003: Christoph Krummacher (* 1949)
- 2003–2006: Konrad Körner (* 1941)
- 2006–2015: Robert Ehrlich (* 1965)
- 2015– : Martin Kürschner (* 1954)
Well-known university professors
- 19th century
- Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Barge (1836–1925), German flautist, 1882–1908 teacher at the Conservatory
- Carl Ferdinand Becker (1804–1877), German organist and music writer, teacher of organ and music history (from 1848)
- Adolph Brodsky (1851–1929), Russian violinist, professor of violin (1883–1891)
- Henriette Bünau-Grabau (1805–1852), German singer, 1843–1849 teacher at the Conservatory
- Ferdinand David (1810–1873), German violin virtuoso, composer and Freemason, violin teacher (from 1843)
- Karl Juljewitsch Dawidow (1838–1889), Russian composer, conductor and cellist, 1860–1862 teacher at the Conservatory
- Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817–1890), Danish composer and conductor
- Friedrich Grützmacher (1832–1903), German cellist and composer, 1853–1860 teacher at the Conservatory
- Friedrich Gumpert (1841–1906), German horn player, professor of horn (1882–1906)
- Moritz Hauptmann (1792–1868), German composer, violinist and music theorist, teacher of music theory (from around 1843)
- Friedrich Valentin Hermann (1828–1907), German violist, since 1848 teacher at the Conservatory, 1883 professor
- Salomon Jadassohn (1831–1902), German-Jewish composer, pianist and music theorist, teacher of piano, composition and music theory (from 1871)
- Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847), German composer, Gewandhaus director and founder of the institution (April 1843–1847)
- Ignaz Moscheles (1794–1870), Bohemian composer, pianist and music teacher, lecturer for piano (from 1843)
- Karl Piutti (1846–1902), German composer, teacher of composition (from 1875)
- Friedrich Rebling (1834–1900), German singer, teacher at the Conservatory
- Alois Reckendorf (1841-1911), German pianist, piano teacher, composer (from 1877-1911)
- Carl Reinecke (1824–1910), German composer, pianist and conductor, teacher for piano and composition (from 1860)
- Ernst Friedrich Richter (1808–1879), German composer, professor of harmony (1868–1879)
- Julius Rietz (1812–1877), German conductor and composer, teacher of composition (from 1848)
- Engelbert Röntgen (1829–1897), German-Dutch violinist, teacher at the Conservatory
- Robert Schumann (1810-1856), German composer and pianist, piano teacher (1843)
- 20th century
- Egon Bölsche (1907–1970), German conductor, professor of music (1949–1954)
- Fritz von Bose (1865–1945), German pianist and composer, 1898–1932 in Leipzig
- Johann Nepomuk David (1895–1977), Austrian composer, professor and director of the facility (1939–1945)
- Paul Graener (1872–1944) German composer, professor of composition (1920–1927)
- Hans Grisch (1880–1966), German pianist and professor of music theory
- Sigfrid Grundis (1900–1953), German pianist and professor, Liszt interpreter
- Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877–1933), German composer, music theorist, music teacher, pianist, organist and harmonium player, teacher of piano, composition and music theory (from 1919), professorship (1932–1933)
- Julius Klengel (1859–1933), German cellist, lecturer for cello (from 1881)
- Télémaque Lambrino (1878–1930), pianist
- Paul Losse (1890–1962), professor of school music and voice training (1946–1958), concert and oratorio singer
- Arnold Matz (1904–1991), German composer and violist, professor of composition and viola (from 1954)
- Werner Neumann (1905–1991), Bach researcher
- Carlernst Ortwein (1916–1986), German pianist and composer (popular music as Conny Odd)
- Max Reger (1873–1916), German composer, pianist and conductor, professor of organ and composition (1907–1908)
- Konrad Siebach (1912–1995), German double bass player, teacher for double bass (1952–1992), professor from 1990
- Hans Sitt (1850–1922), German composer, violin teacher (1883–1921)
- Hugo Steurer (1914–2004), German pianist, professor of piano (1953–58)
- Georg Trexler (1903–1979), German church musician, music teacher and composer
- Amadeus Webersinke (1920–2005), German pianist and organist, professor of piano (from 1953)
- HMT (since 1992)
- Richie Beirach (* 1947), American jazz pianist, professor of jazz piano (2000–2014)
- Pepe Berns (* 1966), German jazz bassist, professor of jazz double bass
- Ullrich Böhme (* 1956), organist
- Peter Bruns (* 1963), German cellist, professor for cello (since 2005)
- Nick Deutsch (* 1972), Australian oboist, professor of oboe (since 2010)
- Wolfram Dix (* 1957), German jazz drummer, lecturer for drums and rhythm lessons
- Evelyn Fischer (* 1964), German singer and presenter, lecturer (since 1992), professorship for jazz singing
- Helga Forner (1936–2004), professor of singing
- Caspar Frantz (* 1980), pianist, professor for piano chamber music (since 2015)
- Peter Mario Grau (* 1955), lecturer in acting (1980–1983 and 1995–1996)
- Anne-Kathrin Gummich (* 1964), Professor of Acting (since 2005)
- Martin Krumbiegel (* 1963), musicologist
- Fabien Lévy (* 1968), composer, professor of composition (from 2017)
- Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf (* 1962), German composer, author and editor, professor of composition (from 2005)
- Christian A. Pohl (* 1975), German pianist, professor for piano (since 2009)
- Hermann Christian Polster (* 1937), German opera singer, professor of singing
- Siegfried Thiele (* 1934), German composer (1962-2003)
- Carolin Widmann (* 1976), German violinist, professor for violin (since 2006)
- Michael Wollny (* 1978), German jazz pianist, professor of jazz piano since 2014
This is a selection of well-known university graduates:
- 19th century
- Johannes Verhulst (1816–1891), Dutch composer and conductor
- Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900), English composer
- Edvard Grieg (1843–1907), Norwegian composer
- Hugo Riemann (1849–1919), music theorist, music historian, music teacher and music lexicographer
- Émile Sauret (1852–1920), French violin virtuoso, composer
- Leoš Janáček (1854–1928), composer
- Julius Röntgen (1855–1932), Dutch composer, pianist and conductor, born in Leipzig
- Richard Sahla (1855–1931), Austrian violin virtuoso, conductor, composer, died in Bückeburg
- Christian Sinding (1856–1941), Norwegian composer
- Richard Franck (1858–1938), composer, pianist and conductor
- Ethel Smyth (1858–1944), English composer
- Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909), Spanish composer and pianist
- Ferdinand Pfohl (1862–1949) music critic, music writer, composer
- Frederick Delius (1862–1934), English composer
- Felix von Weingartner (1863–1942), Austrian conductor, composer, pianist and writer
- Louis Zimmermann (1873–1954), Dutch violinist, concertmaster of the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam
- Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877–1933), composer
- First half of the 20th century
- Carl Adolf Martienssen (1881–1955), pianist and music teacher
- Xiao Youmei (1884–1940), Chinese composer and music theorist
- Wilhelm Backhaus (1884–1969), pianist
- Hermann Keller (1885–1967), church musician and musicologist
- Rudolf Mauersberger (1889–1971), choirmaster and composer, Kreuzkantor
- Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983), English conductor
- Erwin Schulhoff (1894–1942), composer and pianist
- Johannes Weyrauch (1897–1977), composer
- Günther Ramin (1898–1956), organist, choir director and composer
- Benar Heifetz (1899–1974), cellist
- Jón Leifs (1899–1968), Icelandic composer
- Wilhelm Weismann (1900–1980) composer and musicologist
- Franz Konwitschny (1901–1962), conductor
- Erhard Mauersberger (1903–1982), organist, music teacher, Thomaskantor
- Kurt Thomas (1904–1973), composer and choir director
- Hugo Distler (1908–1942), composer and church musician
- Wolfgang Fortner (1907–1987), composer, composition teacher and conductor
- Helmut Walcha (1907–1991), organist and harpsichordist
- Miklós Rózsa (1907–1995), Hungarian-American Hollywood film composer
- Robert Köbler (1912–1970), university organist
- Martin Flämig (1913–1998), choir director, Protestant regional church music director, Kreuzkantor
- Amadeus Webersinke (1920–2005), pianist and organist
- Gerhard Bosse (1922–2012), violinist and conductor
- Christoph Hohlfeld (1922–2010), music theorist, composer, university professor
- Karl Richter (1926–1981) choirmaster, conductor, harpsichordist, organist
- Klaus Tennstedt (1926–1998), conductor
- Ruth Zechlin (1926–2007), composer, organist
- Kurt Masur (1927–2015), German conductor (without degree)
- Second half of the 20th century
- Albrecht Haupt (* 1929), German church music director and university music director
- Götz Friedrich (1930–2000), director
- Karl-Heinz Kämmerling (1930–2012), piano teacher
- Siegfried Thiele (* 1934), composer
- Harry Kupfer (1935–2019), opera director
- Annerose Schmidt (* 1936), pianist
- Christoph Schroth (* 1937), director
- Hans-Joachim Scheitzbach (* 1939), solo cellist
- Ludwig Güttler (* 1943), trumpeter
- Rosemarie Lang , singer
- Kurt Grahl (* 1947), church musician and composer
- Gotthold Schwarz (* 1952), singer and Thomaskantor
- Georg Christoph Biller (* 1955), Thomaskantor
- Ullrich Böhme (* 1956), organist
- Matthias Eisenberg (* 1956), organist
- Tom Pauls (* 1959), actor and cabaret artist
- Steffen Schleiermacher (* 1960), composer and pianist
- Michael Schönheit (* 1961), organist and conductor
- Irina Pauls (* 1961), choreographer
- Tobias Künzel (* 1964), pop singer
- Frank-Michael Erben (* 1965), violinist
- Astrid Harzbecker (* 1965), composer, lyricist and singer of popular hits
- Simone Kermes (* 1965), singer
- Sebastian Krumbiegel (* 1966), pop singer
- Matthias Goerne (* 1967), singer
- Annett Illig (* 1968), singer
- HMT (since 1992)
- David Timm (* 1969), composer, pianist, organist, jazz musician, choir director, university music director in Leipzig
- Mirja Boes (* 1971), actress, comedian and singer
- Thomas Koch (* 1971), actor
- Nadja Uhl (* 1972), actress
- Tom Wlaschiha (* 1973), actor
- Peter Schneider (* 1975), actor, musician
- Sanam Afrashteh (* 1976), actress, singer
- Maximilian Grill (* 1976), actor
- Nina Gnädig (* 1977), actress
- Julia-Maria Köhler (* 1978), actress
- Moritz Führmann (* 1978), actor
- Wolfram Lattke (* 1978), singer
- Yvonne Catterfeld (* 1979), singer, actress, musician and presenter
- Petra Schmidt-Schaller (* 1980), actress
- Theresa Scholze (* 1980), actress
- Barbara Bily (* 1982), dramaturge
- Christoph Letkowski (* 1982), actor
- Lisa Bitter (* 1984), actress
- Stephanie Stumph (* 1984), actress
- Albrecht Schuch (* 1985), actor
- Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (* 1986), conductor
- Cornelia Gröschel (* 1987), actress
- Nina Gummich (* 1991), actress
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