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Contemporary Perfomance & Composition (CoPeCo)

The programme

CoPeCo is a two-year joint Masters programme in Contemporary Performance and Composition offering the students an open platform for experimental artistic practice within a European setting. CoPeCo is a unique international Master’s program that unites composition, interpretation, improvisation and new technologies in one. The students, who are composers and performers at the same time, study every semester in another institution around Europe including the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallin (Eesti Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia, Estland), the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (Kungliga Musikhögskolan, Sweden), the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Lyon (Conservatoire National Superieur Musique et Danse, France) and the University of Music and Theater in Hamburg (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, Germany).

You will spend each of the four semester in a different institution, moving from one to the other as a group with the other CoPeCo students. Your studies will be centered around the Masters Degree Project which you will complete over the two-year study period.

The programme was developed under the auspices of LLP Erasmus Curriculum Development Project (2010 -2013)

The two-year CoPeCo programme leads to the award of a Masters degree.

The Institutions

The CoPeCo Masters Programme is a full-time joint programme (120 ECTS) divided into four semesters of study (30 ECTS each). You will spend each semester in a different institution and country, as follows:

  • 1st semester: Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Estonia (Winter semester: September - January)
  • 2nd semester: Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden (Summer semester: January - June)
  • 3rd semester: Conservatoire National Superieur Musique et Danse Lyon, France (Winter semester: September - February)
  • 4th semester: Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, Germany (Summer semester: April - September)


You can apply to only one of the four partner institutions. If your application is successful you will be enrolled in the same institution where you submitted your application. This institution will remain your home institution for the whole duration of your studies. Upon successful completion of your studies you will receive your degree certificate and diploma supplement from your home institution only, but you will also receive a certificate stating that you have completed a joint programme, signed by the heads of the four partner institutions.

Next applications are expected to be open from: 1.December 2024 until 31.January 2025

More information on how to apply you find under Application

You will be enrolled on all courses at the institution where you take the course, except for the Masters Degree Project on which you will be enrolled at your home institution.

Who can apply to the program?

You may apply to the CoPeCo programme as a

  • composer
  • performer
  • composer/performer

Applicants with at least a Bachelors degree in music or equivalent or in the final year of their undergraduate studies are eligible for the programme. In the latter case you may receive a conditional offer and enrol after providing evidence of your Bachelors degree.

The application procedure is in two stages:

You will need to provide the following material in English and upload them here until 31st of January 2022!

1) Application form: Please fill out the application form and attach following documents:

- Bachelors Degree (180 ECTS) and Diploma supplement or equivalent
- Confirmation of enrolment & the expected graduation date*
- Transcripts & assessment requirements completed - so far as these relate to the course of study you have selected
- Proof of English language skills (B1): IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent

2) Proposal for the Masters Degree Project (Independent Project): The MDP (IP) proposal is the most important element of your application, and should relate to at least some of the key features of the CoPeCo programme: collaborative work, cross-disciplinary interaction, new technologies, improvisation and arts management.

3) Portfolio:

  • For composers: Please submit a portfolio of your scores and/or recordings (where scores are not applicable) containing at least three contrasting original compositions, with a total duration of at least 15 minutes. If you send additional texts to accompany the scores (for example an introduction or performance notes) please provide an English translation.
  • For performers: Please submit a portfolio of your recordings containing at least two contrasting performance excerpts with a total duration of at least 15 minutes.
  • For composers/performers: Please submit a portfolio containing at least one original composition, a recording of at least one performance excerpt and another work of your choice with a total duration of at least 15 minutes. If you send additional texts to accompany the scores (for example an introduction or performance notes) please provide an English translation.

NB! Please send all documents and materials in digital form uploaded here. Accepted file formats for digital submissions: PDF, mp3, mp4. In case of technical problems during uploading please contact: studium[at]hfmt.hamburg.de

4)  Motivation letter outlining your aims and goals for the CoPeCo programme.

5)  CV with a photo and details of your artistic and professional experience.

A panel of experts at your chosen institution will evaluate your proposal and portfolio and, if your application is successful, will invite you to attend an audition, the second and final stage of the application process. Please note that the uploaded material will also be visible for the admission panels of the other CoPeCo institutions!

After reviewing your submitted material, you will be invited for an audition with the jury. The audition will take place online around middle/end of February.

All auditions will be recorded, and if there are more successful applicants than study places the recordings will be evaluated by a joint international panel that will establish a final general ranking list for each category (composers, performers and composers/performers).

At the audition the panel will assess your artistic and technical skills, your stage presence and your interpersonal and interaction skills. You will be asked to present your work (20 minutes maximum): instrumental or vocal performance of a contemporary music programme of your choice (including your own pieces) and/or a presentation of the material you sent in your portfolio. Please organise your own accompanist if you need one during and fo the audition.

The audition will also include an improvisation test (either individual or group improvisation) and an interview, where you may be asked to discuss your proposal for the Masters Degree Project (Independent Project).


We offer a variety of courses during the semester. Focus of areas are:

  • Exchange on artistic projects & research in form of colloquium
  • Free jazz improvisation & working in an ensemble
  • Analysis of contemporary music & active work of different compositorial approaches
  • Computer-aided work in spectral analysis
  • Survey of existing online and offline literature on new analysis methods
  • Theories of quantitative music and multimedia
  • Mastering of the Max multimedia programming environment
  • Live audio and video processing
  • Spectral transcriptions of sounds into notation & real-time generation of scores
  • Work with sensors and alternate controllers
  • Arts & intercultural dialogue
  • Musicology


HfMT (Germany): Georg Hajdu, Konstantina Orlandatou

EAMT (Estonia): Taavi Kerikmäe, Helena Tulve

KMH (Sweden): Mattias Sköld, George Kentros

CNSMD (France): Michele Tadini, Jean Geoffroy


Dr. Konstantina Orlandatou

Koordination CoPeCokonstantina.orlandatou@hfmt-hamburg.de