Congress venues

Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig

Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig

The main venue of the IAML Congress is the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig (HMT), the oldest music conservatoire in Germany. Founded in 1843 as a 'Konservatorium', the Conservatoire was an educational centre with an excellent international reputation and an influential role. The famous teachers and alumni of the house include Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Niels Gade, Ignaz Moscheles, Hugo Riemann, Edvard Grieg, Leos Janacek and Ethel Smyth.

HMT Leipzig's main building is centrally located in the so-called Musikviertel, which is very close to other universities and cultural institutions. This conservatory was the built in 1887 and is the oldest building that was originally erected as a music conservatory in Germany. It has a significant of a place in music history, because of musicians like Max Reger, Julius Klengel and Carl Reinecke worked here.

HMT Leipzig has 1,300 students and currently offers them broad range of educational areas of study, which includes classical music, early music, jazz and popular music, drama, dramaturgy, school music, music education, musicology and church music.

HMT Leipzig's Music Library is one of the most innovative and service oriented conservatory music libraries in Germany. The library focuses on supporting teaching, learning and research activities, as well the supporting the musical activities of all members of the conservatory (ensembles, orchestras, choirs, opera productions).

In recent history it has been a special concern for HMT Leipzig's Library to meet the requirements of the digital age with modern services. Thus one of the world's first discovery systems specially dedicated to music library needs was developed in a cooperative project with the University Library Leipzig.

HMT Leipzig's Library, which is also in charge of the conservatory's archives, spans its influence locally, nationally and internationally by participating in projects, working groups and conferences. Lectures, articles and presentations by library staff have been acclaimed regionally and across Germany. The Library plays a vital part in Leipzig's musical life and supports local and regional cultural initiatives.

In 2017 HMT Leipzig's Library was awarded the Saxon Library Prize for its consistent dedication to service and innovation.