Academy of Music, University of Zagreb

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Academy of Music
Muzička akademija (MUZA)
Zagreb music academy logo.png
Established 1829
Type Public
Dean Dalibor Cikojevic
Academic staff 150
Students 500
Location Zagreb, Croatia
Website [1]

The Academy of Music (Croatian: Muzička akademija or MUZA) is a Croatian music school based in Zagreb. It is one of the three art academies affiliated with the University of Zagreb, along with the Academy of Dramatic Art and the Academy of Fine Arts.

It is the oldest and largest music school in the country, tracing its origins back to 1829 when the Zagreb Musical Society's school (German: Tonschule des Agramer Musikvereines) was established, at a time when Croatia was part of the Austrian Empire. After World War II the Academy was officially recognized as an institution of higher education and in 1979 it became part of the University of Zagreb. The Academy today has around 500 students and a 150-member teaching staff.[1]

The Academy traditionally organizes two grand concerts every year held at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, along with almost 300 various smaller concerts throughout the year held at smaller venues around Zagreb.[1]


The Academy traces its roots to the in-house music school established in February 1829 by the German-language Agramer Musikverein (or Zagreb Musical Society) modeled after the Musikverein in Vienna and which later evolved into the present-day Croatian Music Institute.[1] The school originally offered three-year courses in singing and wind instruments.

The school became the Institute's conservatory in 1916. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the school continued to grow and was renamed several times. Following the dissolution of Austria-Hungary in 1918 and the establishment of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia it became the "Royal Conservatory" in 1921 (Kraljevski konzervatorij) and then the "Royal Academy of Music" (Kraljevska muzička akademija) in 1922.[1] At the time the school comprised primary, secondary and tertiary levels of musical education. In 1923 its teachers first gained the title of professors and the Academy was re-organized into five main departments. In 1940 the Academy was officially recognized as a university-level faculty.

After World War II in 1951 the school is broken up into the primary and secondary music school (the present-day "Vatroslav Lisinski" School of Music) and the university-level academy named Zagreb Academy of Music (Muzička akademija u Zagrebu), which originally had seven departments. In 1967 the Academy established its Musicology Institute which later grew into an additional department in 1974, and five years later the Academy was incorporated into the University of Zagreb in 1979. The Academy is the only Croatian member of the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), the main European association of colleges and university schools of music.[2]


Academy building at Gundulićeva street in Zagreb, where it moved to in 1876 and which it shares with the Croatian Music Institute.


As of 2010 the academy has eight departments:[1]


The Academy currently occupies four buildings around Zagreb and also operates a regional department in Rijeka which offers courses in singing, piano and guitar. All the departments which are currently scattered around Zagreb are expected to move into the restored Ferimport building at Marshal Tito Square in 2011. The Academy had signed a 100-year lease contract with the City of Zagreb in 2009, which also agreed to provide half of the HRK 100 million (13.6 million) funding needed to restore the building (with the other half provided by the University of Zagreb and the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports).[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Muzička akademija" (in Croatian). Academy of Music. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Members". European Association of Conservatoires. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Zgrada muzičke akademije" (in Croatian). Academy of Music. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 

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Coordinates: 45°48′44″N 15°58′19″E / 45.812342°N 15.971948°E / 45.812342; 15.971948