Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber
|Principal||Rektor Prof. Ekkehard Klemm|
13 Wettiner Platz, Dresden,
|Affiliations||Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Semperoper, Dresden Philharmonic|
The "Carl Maria von Weber" College of Music (German: Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber"; also/formerly known as Dresden Conservatory or Dresden Royal Conservatory) is a college of music in Dresden, Germany.
The Hochschule opened on 1 February 1856 and is one of the oldest German conservatoires. Francesco Morlacchi, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner made reference to the necessity of establishing institutional training for musicians in Dresden. On 1 February 1856, a violinist of the Royal Orchestra, Friedrich Tröstler, founded the first music school in Dresden. In 1881 the title "royal" was granted, and it changed its name to "Royal Conservatoire", although it was a private institution. From 1881 till 1918 was an institution under royal patronage and from 1937 onwards under the municipal authority. The original building of the hochschule was destroyed during World War II and all teaching activities were moved to Mendelssohnalle 34. At first the university was an educational institution where the future instrumentalists of the town’s orchestra were trained. It became the Hochschule für Musik; named after Carl Maria von Weber in 1959.
All orchestral instruments, voice, piano, conducting, composition, music theory and accompaniment, as well as popular music/jazz/rock specialties can be studied at the College. There are also different courses about Instrumental and Voice Pedagogy and Teacher Training in Music.
Particular emphasis is placed on the education of singers and orchestral musicians. This is because of the especial relationship of the school and the Semperoper, Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. The formation of singers and orchestral musicians was strongly determined by members of the Saxon State Opera, The Staatskapelle and Philharmonic orchestras working as teachers on an honorary basis. There are c. 250 public events organized and realized by students and staff and guests lecturers every year.
The Hochschule occupies two buildings in the metropolitan area of Dresden: the main building at 13 Wettiner Platz and the other on Blochmannstraße. The main building has all the facilities of a modern conservatoire, a large recital hall and several smaller ones, rehearsal and practice rooms, teaching studios, a canteen, a library and offices. A new extension to the main building, finished in 2008, houses a new 450-seat concert hall and several rehearsal and teaching rooms.
With more than 300 public concerts and opera performances every year, the Hochschule contributes greatly to the region’s cultural life and offers its students at the same time a practical artistic training. Regular artistic projects are realized especially by the Opera Class and the bigger ensembles like the hochschule's Symphony Orchestra, the School's Choir and the Bigband. The special image of the Dresden University of Music is fundamentally shaped by the close connection to Dresden’s two big orchestras, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore the Opera Class has a location at its disposal, which enables performances under professional conditions.
High School of Music "Carl Maria von Weber"
Founded in 1965, but working as a different organization since 1945, the High School of Music "Carl Maria Von Weber" (German: Sächsisches Landesgymnasium für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber") is a specialist music school for school-age children, located in Dresden. The school imparts the regular school program but great emphasis is put on individual music training, music theory classes and orchestral playing. Most instrumental teachers are also professors at the Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber" or play in one of the professional orchestras of the city. The president of the school is the English conductor Sir Colin Davis. Previous patrons include Sir Yehudi Menuhin.
Some distinguished alumni and staff
- Karl Laux (1952–1963)
- Hans-Georg Uszkoreit (1963–1968)
- Siegfried Köhler (1968–1980)
- Max Gerd Schönfelder (1980–1984)
- Dieter Jahn (1984–1990)
- Monika Raithel (1990–1991)
- Wilfried Krätzschmar (1991–2003)
- Stefan Gies (2003-2010)
- Judith Schinker (2010-)
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