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175 years of the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy"

University of Music and Theatre, "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy"

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The University of Music and Theatre celebrates its 175th anniversary. © Robin Kunz

In 2018, the University of Music and Theatre, "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" (HMT Leipzig for short) looks back on its 175-year history.

In the middle of the 19th century, Leipzig was already a city of music of outstanding importance. On the initiative of Gewandhaus director Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) the Leipzig Conservatory of Music was opened on 2 April 1843. It was the first higher education institution for musicians in the whole of modern Germany.

In the early years, Mendelssohn succeeded in attracting renowned teachers to the conservatory. Among them were St. Thomas choirmaster Moritz Hauptmann and composer Robert Schumann . Well-known personalities, such as Kurt Masur and Erhard Mauersberger, are counted among the successful graduates of the conservatory. A good balance of education and practical experience is ensured through close cooperation with the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Leipzig Opera , the MDR Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra.