Early Music Department

The Institut für Alte Musik in the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Baden-Württemberg, was set up in 1994 (the first teachers began classes already in 1992) and is now one of the largest departments of its kind. The Institut has already established itself as one of the most dynamic and successful training schools for early music performance.

The international faculty of around 25 specialist teachers covers most areas of repertoire from the middle ages to the early romantical. Studies at the Institut are designed to equip graduates with the necessary skills needed to succeed in the professional historical performance practice scene outside. These skills include solo and ensemble performance of all kinds, the ability to research repertoire and apply theory to practice. All the Institut's teachers are active on the international scene and they are therefore in a position to create invaluable bridges for students into the professional world.

Studying early music performance in Trossingen therefore means profiting from the incomparable and unusual mix of internationally recognised teachers with whom you will be able to learn and progress to the highest professional standards. It means working together with very motivated singers and instrumentalists, making music together from morning to night. It also means having the chance to perform regularly in public in the local region and beyond and thereby being able to put your own creativity into practice in real professional-level situations from the beginning. Many of our graduates are already working with top ensembles all over. If this is the kind of learning atmosphere you dream of, then come and join us!

Head of Department

Prof. Marieke Spaans
Werner Matzke(Substitute)


Elvira Schwegler