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The specialisation composition stands for comprehensive training in the fields of acoustic composition and new music, music theatre and electronic music, which is supplemented by a high proportion of practice-oriented project work.


Broadly Diversified, Practically Oriented, Individually

The focus of the study programme is the development of an artistic personality with all its creative potential, who confidently meets the requirements of the current music business. The basis for this is the comprehensive technical and musical training and promotion of creativity and independence.

Acoustic Composition and New Music

Besides one-to-one lessons with Mark Andre, Manos Tsangaris or Franz Martin Olbrisch and workshops with selected artists such as Ensemble Recherche, Lucas Fels, Sarah Maria Sun, Yukiko Sugawara, Bill Forman, Jörg Widmann, and many more, seminars with Mark Andre are part of the theoretical training. The training experiences practical relevance through cooperation with major orchestras such as the Dresden Philharmonic or the Soundfactory Orchestra Wroclaw and excursions to the INM Darmstadt or the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik in Donaueschingen.

Musical Theatre

The focus is on scenic composition and performance. Project-oriented cooperative work with Manos Tsangaris is as much a part of the subject profile as interdisciplinary cooperation with various partners, including the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Festspielhaus Hellerau and regular excursions e.g. to the Munich Biennale or the Gutshof Sauen.

Electronic Music

In addition to fixed media, from live electronics to sound installation, the studies include acoustics, sound editing and programming. The study is rounded off by a professional production environment in the studio for electronic music and various projects, e.g. as part of the Next Generation festival at the ZKM Karlsruhe, with the Toulouse Conservatory and the Bauhaus University Weimar.

Composer Portraits and Workshops 2019

Brian Ferneyhough, Jörg Widmann, Pierluigi Billone


Projects, Workshops and Guest Lecturers

Seit vielen Jahren werden regelmäßig pro Jahr 3 oder 4 namhafte Komponistinnen und Komponisten sehr unterschiedlicher stilistischer Ausrichtung eingeladen und in Projektwochen portraitiert, in den letzten Jahren waren dies u.a. Helmut Lachenmann, Dieter Schnebel, Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, Brian Ferneyhough, Enno Poppe, Rebecca Saunders, Isabel Mundry, Aribert Reimann, Jennifer Walshe, Martin Schüttler, Johannes Kreidler und Georg Friedrich Haas.


Further Information on the Study Programme

Admission Requirements, Course of Studies, Courses



Professors and Lecturers

Contacts for all professors, lecturers and staff can be found here