Hamburg University of Music and Theater
Founded in 1950 as “State School of Music”, today’s Hamburg School of Music and Theater (HfMT) is located in Pöseldorf – one of Hamburg’s most beautiful districts along the Outer Alster Lake. Home to several internationally renowned artists, scientists and lecturers, HfMT – since 2004 under the leadership of its president Prof. Elmar Lampson – provides the highest level of artistic education to more than 750 students.
With several inhouse-ensembles (including a symphonic orchestra) as well as opera and drama productions, HfMT offers its students several opportunities to gain practical experience at a professional level. This work-oriented educational approach is furthermore complemented by several international projects and close cooperation with several established Hamburg orchestras and theaters.
Even HfMT’s location on the Outer Alster Lake underlines its prominent position within Hamburg. Built around 1887 by Hamburg’s famous architect Martin Haller, HfMT’s main building (Budge Palais) houses a splendid historic Chamber Music Hall (Mendelssohn-Saal) as well as the old library which through recent renovation has been restored to its former glory (Fanny Hensel Saal).
The spacious modern building features 83 classrooms, theater and opera studios, dance studios and practice labs. HfMT’s main concert and theater venue (“Forum”) which seats up to 465 people is equipped with an adjustable orchestra pit, a high-class lightning system, and an adjoining audio-visual recording studio.
As of 2013/14, HfMT Theater Academy resides in its own building. While vocal music and drama students remain on the main campus at the Outer Alster Lake, the classes in drama and music theater directing were moved to a separate building.
With more than 400 events per year, HfMT remains among Hamburg’s most prominent cultural institutions. Students at HfMT also immensely benefit from Hamburg’s outstanding orchestras, theaters, opera houses and museums which not only provide a high quality of life but also attest to Hamburg’s atmosphere as “Gateway to the world” on a cultural level.