Mozarteum University — International Foundation mozarteum branch

Mozarteum University Salzburg, also known simply as Mozarteum Salzburg, is a university in Salzburg, Austria which specializes in music and the dramatic arts. It is famous as one of the most respected universities in Europe for music studies and was named after Salzburg native Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Mozarteum University

The Mozarteum University offers over 40 artistic and education courses in the fields of music, the performing and visual arts.

The lecturers, many of whom are internationally renowned artists and teachers, pass on their knowledge and their art, thus making the university a place of lively intellectual exchange and dialogue.

Furthermore, students and lecturers engage in joint artistic activities as an integral part of the course programme, thereby enriching cultural life in Salzburg. Besides intensive studies in an arts-friendly environment students can create networks for later professional careers here.

History of Mozarteum University

In 1841, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, a group of middle-class citizens founded the Cathedral Music Association and the Mozarteum.

With this they intended to give added momentum to musical life in Salzburg by organising concerts, and also they wanted to ensure that there were enough young instrumentalists for the church services in Salzburg Cathedral.

In 1870 the International Mozarteum Foundation was founded to encourage young talented musicians, and in 1881 it took over the Mozarteum Public Music School.

In 1914 the Mozarteum was recognised as a Conservatory under public law; in 1922 it was nationalised for financial reasons, and in 1939 it was transformed into theReichshochschule Mozarteum.

At the end of the Second World War the Mozarteum was temporarily continued under the title ‘Music High School'. In 1953 the Music High School became an academy and from 1970 it was known as the Mozarteum Academy of Music and Performing Art in Salzburg.

In 1998, as a result of the reform of Austrian universities, the former academy of music became the now renowned Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

Location Mozarteum University

The Mozarteum University at Mirabellplatz 1 houses under one roof all the artistic departments concerned with musical training at the Mozarteum University: conducting, composition and music theory, keyboard instruments, string and plucked instruments, wind and percussion instruments, music-theatre with a large opera studio, as well as musicology and music educational theory.

Architecturally the New Mozarteum — built by Architect Robert Rechenauer in 2006 — opens out towards the city, large glass foyers invite Salzburgers and guests to pay a visit.

Mozarteum University

The chamber music hall known as the Solitär, the Large Studio and the smaller function rooms make the New Mozarteum a new, young, creative and high quality cultural centre in Salzburg.

The chamber music hall

The function rooms can also be hired ( In 1979 the Mozarteum Academy, as it was then, moved from the Schwarzstrasse into the newly renovated palace of the prince-archbishop Paris Lodron. Wolfgang Amadé Mozart was allegedly a guest in that house and also gave concerts there.

In the spring of 2004, as the winner of an international competition, the Munich architect Robert Rechenauer and his office began work on the general renovation of the building. In Mozart Year 2006 it was finally opened with great success.

Quick Facts

  • founded in | 1841
  • number of teachers | 500
  • number of students | 1,600
  • percentage of foreign students | 56%



Mozarteum University

  1. Conducting, Composition and Music Theory
  2. Keyboard Studies
  3. String Studies
  4. Brass, Wind and Percussion Studies
  5. Vocal Studies
  6. Music Theatre
  7. Musicology
  8. Music Education in Salzburg
  9. Music Education in Innsbruck


  1. Drama
  2. Stage Design

Visual Arts

Fine Arts, Arts and Crafts Education


Mozarteum International Summer Academy Every year the Mozarteum University organises the International Summer Academy which invites thousands of young musicians from all over the world to study in Salzburg.

The Summer Academy was founded in 1916 by Lilli Lehmann and nowadays offers over 60 masterclasses.

Mozarteum University

Master courses with outstanding teachers from the Mozarteum University and many international guests give excellent young musicians inspiration and the chance to achieve perfection by profiting from a wealth of encounters during the festival season.

International Mozart Competition

The International Mozart Competition organised by the Mozarteum University is one of the major international music competitions. Every 3 to 4 years highly talented young musicians from all over the world are invited to compare their ability in the interpretation of Mozart and be judged by an international jury.

For the winners the International Mozart Competition is often a springboard to a world career as impressively documented by the international success of previous prizewinners.


Mozarteum University
5020 Salzburg | Mirabellpl. 1
T: +43 662 6198−0
F: +43 662 6198−3033

Information about courses and entrance examinations
5020 Salzburg | Makartplatz 5
Robert Schiller
T: +43 662 6198−3310
E: robert.

Information about international exchange programmes
International Relations
5020 Salzburg | Schranneng. 10a
Elisabeth Skärbäck
T: +43 662 6198−2230
E: elisabeth.

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