Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media) (HMTMH) is an artistic-scientific university in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany. It dates back to 1897. From 1962 until 2010 it was named Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover (University of Music and Drama Hanover), short: Musikhochschule Hannover. Since 2010, the president is Prof. Dr. Susanne Rode-Breymann. As of 2013, the university has approximately 1,443 students, taught by 361 teachers in 33 courses for musicians, actors, music teachers, musicologists and media scholars.
The university traces its history back to 1897, when a private "Conservatorium für Musik" (conservatory of music) began its operation. It was made the Konservatorium of the city in 1911. In 1943 the institution was named Landesmusikschule (State music school). The building was destroyed. In 1950, the Landesmusikschule was united with a private "Hannoversche Schauspielschule" (Hanover drama school) to form the Akademie für Musik und Theater (Academy of Music and Theatre). In 1958 the school achieved the status of Hochschule and was organized as "Niedersächsische Hochschule für Musik und Theater" and "Niedersächsische Musikschule Hannover". In 1962 the two were united as the "Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater" (HMTH, State University of Music and Drama Hanover).
Between 1970 and 1973 the present main building was built at the Emmichplatz, bordering the park Eilenriede. In 1973 the state Lower Saxony is responsible for the organisation of the Hochschule. In 1978 it received the status of an artistic-scientific university. The European Centre for Jewish Music was established by Andor Izsák in the Villa Seligmann in 1988, which since 1992 has been an institute of HMTH. It deals with the documentation and reconstruction of Jewish liturgical music. Since 2001 the university runs an institute for the early training of highly gifted students, the 'Institut zur Früh-Förderung Hochbegabter' (IFF, Institute for the Advancement of Young Musicians). In 2010 the 'Institute of Chamber Music' and the 'Institute for Early Music' was founded. The name was extended by "Media".
The main building of the university is a structure in the shape of an ear, which is reflected in the logo. It was then one of the most modern buildings designed especially for the purpose of an artistic institution.
In addition to the main site at the Emmichplatz, it has sites at Schiffgraben, Bismarckstraße and the Expo Plaza, the site of the Expo 2000 (Acting course, Institute of Journalism and Communication Research). The Villa Seligmann (in German), formerly the home of director of Continental AG in the Hohenzollernstraße, was acquired in 2006 for the European Centre for Jewish Music and opened in 2012 after restoration.
The HMTMH offers all of the standard classical courses of a university of music. The emphasis is on the areas of music education, artistic education, solo training, and theatre training. It also teaches jazz, rock, pop as part of a popular music program, with an emphasis on jazz. The study programs in the areas of piano, orchestra and chamber music are particularly pronounced, especially in the artistic education and music education.
The drama and opera departments are in close cooperation with the Staatsoper Hannover, the Staatstheater Hannover and the NDR Radiophilharmonie. The university stages about two annual opera productions, including premieres, and about three orchestral concerts. The university also maintains artistic and scientific relations with several national and international music colleges and universities, including Switzerland, Eastern Europe and East Asia.
The HMTMH owns an organ, used for teaching and concerts, installed at the Neustädter Kirche. Called the Spanish organ, it was installed on the north balcony 1998–2001 by Patrick Collon (Belgium). It reflects principles of Spanish Baroque organ building without copying a specific instrument.
The university has had the following presidents:1979-1993 Richard Jakoby (since 1968 as director of the predecessor institution)
1993-1997 Peter Becker
1997-2003 Klaus-Ernst Behne
2003-2005 Katja Schaefer
2006-2009 Rolf-Burkhard Klieme
Since 2010 Susanne Rode-Breymann
Bettina Wulff, media manager
Simone Mahrenholz, Free University of Berlin, phD