|Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig
Hometown: Leipzig, Germany
Web site: http://www.hmt-leipzig.de
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Throughout Germany and the rest of the world, the Leipzig Academy of Music and Theatre is regarded as an important torch-bearer of historical tradition. One of the features of a college teaching music and drama is that its ‘material’ almost completely comprises works of art which are open to interpretation. The question of their validity and vitality, and the dialogue between the past, tradition, the present and innovation make up the day-to-day mission from which a college of this type substantiates and justifies its very existence.
The Academy naturally has educational goals to which it has been committed since Mendelssohn’s day. They have been augmented by additional fields such as the training of actors (following the integration of the former drama college in 1992), by new subjects like early music, dramaturgy, popular music and music for schools, and by the re-established Church Music Institute. The fact that training composers is nowadays no longer conceivable without the considerable involvement of electroacoustic composition and performance equipment is also apparent at the Academy, as is the need to train young artists to become music teachers. It is this broad network which makes up the very nature of the Academy – an institution of higher education which recently was granted the right for the first time to supervise and award doctoral degrees.