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In Weimar, the music academy celebrates its 150th birthday

This is how a journey through 150 years of music history came about – including contemporary compositions. For example by Wolf Günther Leidel. Orchestra director Kretschmer emphasizes: “You could do a whole series of concerts with the compositions that were created in and around the music academy. We can’t do that in one evening”.

Closely connected: University and Staatskapelle

The cooperation between the university and the Staatskapelle is close. For example, the graduates become part of the orchestra and there are many collaborations that accompany their studies, an orchestra academy and an extra choir in the opera. “There is the Thuringian Opera Studio. There the soloists can also gain their stage experience in various theaters,” explains Kretschmer.

What has become particularly important to me in recent years is working with the conducting class.


Nils Kretschmer, Orchestra Director of the Staatskapelle Weimar

Influence of Franz Liszt

The music academy in Weimar is (along with Leipzig) one of the first academies that was founded with the aim of training orchestral musicians. An idea that goes back to Franz Liszt. Works by him could also be heard at the opening concert of the festival week. A concert that delighted many guests: “I’m from New York. It was a great concert! I’m visiting a friend here and I was also at the Bach Festival in Leipzig,” says one concert-goer.

New President

Anne-Kathrin Lindig will soon be the new president of the music academy and was very pleased with the concert: “My pulse is unbelievably high, my adrenaline level hasn’t gone down with joy all week.” On June 24, she will be presented with the chain of office of her predecessor Christoph Stölzl. Until then, there will not only be concerts, but also a podium with Albrecht von Massow, a musicologist at the university.

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New challenges

For von Massow, the question of how the canon of music education can be expanded and made more international will be exciting for the university in the future. There are many questions that need to be explored, such as who is coming to Weimar for which music training and what prospective students would expect from the location. What music is taught at schools in Germany and internationally and what the requirements are for students to come to Weimar should also be taken into account.

For the new President Lindig, one thing is certain: “We are in a changing world with global music history, with more exchange and with a professional profile of musicians that is currently changing. These are diverse challenges.”

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