History and Profile

The University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover

The University of Music, Drama und Media Hanover (Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover - HMTMH) is one of Germany's most renowned institutions for professional training and academic study in the cultural and artistic field, and offers more than 30 courses of training for musicians, actors, music teachers, musicologists and media scientists. More than 1,400 students from all over the world are taught and helped on their way here by a teaching staff of 350, including numerous artists, teachers and academics of international renown. People who are recognised nationally or internationally as authorities in their respective fields are regular guests at the University, giving master classes, lecture series or seminars which form valuable supplements to the students' courses of training.

The HMTMH's versatility is immediately apparent in its range of courses: in addition to the classic areas taught at a conservatoire there are subjects such as acting, popular music and media management. In both the Artistic Performance and Musical Education sections, the focus is on the fields of piano, practical orchestral playing, opera, chamber music and new music. Since 2001, the Institute for the Advancement of Young Musicians (IFF) has catered specially for gifted young musicians.

Research too is an important field of activity for the HMTMH. With six institutes and three research centres, the University is outstandingly well positioned academically. There are focuses on the fields of medicine for musicians, musical education, world music, synagogue music, musicology, gender studies und media science.

The University's main building, built in 1972, lies at the heart of Hanover, the capital of the State of Lower Saxony, right on the edge of the Eilenriede city forest; at the time of its construction it was considered to be one of the most modern purpose-built buildings of any institution of artistic education. Today, the University's institutes and their students are distributed between a variety of locations in Hanover, from the Oststadt quarter near the centre to the World Exposition site on the fringe of the city.

Through its academic staff and its students, the University engages in a constant process of exchange with the city council and its cultural, media and economic development offices, and regards itself as an active element in the city's cultural landscape.


Last modified: 2015-06-30

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