Institutions of Higher Education in the State of Hessen

Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt/Main


About the University 

The origins of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt lie in “Dr. Hoch’s Conservatorium”, an endowment made by the Frankfurt citizen Joseph Paul Johann Hoch in 1878. Out of this conservatory the HfMDK was founded in 1937 and is to this day the only one of its kind in the state of Hessen. The university rapidly developed into an internationally acclaimed educational centre for composers, soloists, conductors, orchestral musicians and music teachers. After the end of World War II—teaching commenced again in April 1947—the university was expanded to include the fields of opera, drama, theatre direction and ballet. Today HfMDK is a highly international university, with one third of its students and teachers coming from all across the globe. The students are trained and taught by approximately 400 professors and instructors, all internationally renowned. The university profits from and cooperates with the large variety of theatres, opera houses, and museums that are located in Frankfurt and its proximity.   

About the City 

The University of Music and Performing Arts is situated in the cosmopolitan city of Frankfurt, the financial hub of Europe and headquarters of the European Central Bank. International trade fairs have been held in Frankfurt since 1240, including the popular annual book, automobile, and computer fairs. The stock exchange was first established in 1585. The Frankfurt Airport, one of Europe’s busiest, is the largest airport in Germany. With its museums, opera, theatres and festivals Frankfurt is an interesting destination for artists and arts students. The city is home to more than 30 museums – among them the world renowned art museums Städel and Schirn. The museums are celebrated annually in the Museumsuferfest (Festival of the Museum Riverbank) and the Nacht der Museen (Night of the Museums). The Opera and Schauspiel (Theatre) are among the most important in Europe and renowned for their performances. They are complemented by a wide array of independent institutions, for example the Frankfurt LAB or the Forsythe Company. HfMDK is in the wonderful position to cooperate with these institutions. Many of our students have worked there during and/or after their studies and therefore learned from the best in their respective fields.Frankfurt is also known to be a multicultural city with more than 180 nationalities living there. And although Frankfurt is a “Großstadt” (city with more than 100,000 inhabitants) with its almost 700,000 citizens, it has conserved many small-town charms in its boroughs. The vibrant city centre is beautifully contrasted by the many green areas and woods that give a reprieve from the bustling metropolitan life.  


    Department I
  • Artistic Training (orchestra, solo) and Conducting
  • Instrumental Pedagogy
  • Church Music

  • Department II
  • Composition
  • Music Teacher Training for Primary and Secondary Schools

  • Department III
  • Opera
  • Modern and Classical Dance
  • Acting
  • Stage Direction
  • Theater and Orchestra Management

  • Institute of Historical Practice of Interpretation

    Institute of Contemporary Music

Statistics (2015)

  • Year of foundation . . . . . . . . . . . 1937
  • Students . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . .approx. 900
  • Foreign students . . . . . . . . . . . . .approx. 270
  • Professors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
  • Instructors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . approx. 350

Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst
International Office / Internationale Angelegenheiten

Eschersheimer Landstrasse 29-39
D-60322 Frankfurt
Phone: +49 (0) 69 / 1540 07 256

Homepage International Office


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  • Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
  • Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • Universität Kassel

Universities of Applied Sciences

  • Hochschule Darmstadt
  • Hochschule RheinMain
  • Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
  • Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
  • Hochschule Fulda

Academies of Music and Arts

  • Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main
  • Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main
  • Städelschule

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  • Hochschule Geisenheim University

Other Institutions of Higher Education

  • Evangelische Hochschule
  • Hochschule Fresenius
  • EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht
  • Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • Hochschule der Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung, Bad Hersfeld
  • DIPLOMA Hochschule - Private Fachhochschule Nordhessen
  • Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule
  • Provadis School of International Management and Technology
  • accadis Hochschule
  • Freie Theologische Hochschule
  • Ev. Hochschule Tabor, Marburg
  • CVJM-Hochschule
  • Theologische Hochschule Ewersbach

Church-Run Institutions of Higher Education

  • Lutherische Theologische Hochschule
  • Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule St. Georgen
  • Theologische Fakultät Fulda

Universities of Applied Sciences for Administrative Studies

  • Archivschule Marburg (Fachhochschule für Archivwesen)
  • Studienzentrum der Finanzverwaltung und Justiz Rotenburg a. d. Fulda
  • Hessische Hochschule für Polizei und Verwaltung in Wiesbaden

Universities of Cooperative Education

  • Hessische Berufsakademie,
    Frankfurt/Main, Kassel, Darmstadt
  • Berufsakademie Rhein-Main,
  • Berufsakademie Nordhessen gGmbH
  • Europäische Studienakademie Kälte-Klima-Lüftung
  • iba – University of Cooperative Education
  • Private Berufsakademie Fulda
  • Brüder-Grimm-Berufsakademie Hanau



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