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Our Vision

Based in the home-town of German Classicism and rich in tradition, the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar is an institution of higher education for young musicians, academics, and ambassadors of music from across the entire globe. It is indebted to the legacy of Franz Liszt, who successfully combined in his person composer, virtuoso, ensemble musician, pedagogue, and pensive philosopher. The institution aims to compete with the world’s most renowned music academies.

The envisaged outcome of an education at Weimar is the ideal artistic, academic, and pedagogic personality — a figure expressed equally well in performance, musical research, and music mediation. Such a person has at its command a pool of general knowledge regarding the world’s and Europe’s cultural heritage, and holds deep insights into contemporary culture. They are confident music entrepreneurs, active in diverse areas; they have obtained the skills necessary to be successful in the international cultural sphere.

The University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar gives particular weight to a strong sense of team-spirit in teaching and performance alike, in its dialogue with scholarship, and in its many co-operations with the professional music world. It supports personal initiatives, and encourages the distillation of an individual profile. The school's teaching centres around the modern musician as an ensemble player who brings to life artistic ideals across diverse periods and styles, in a range of settings and contexts, from musical performance and scholarship to music mediation.

The LISZT UNIVERSITY provides broad, cosmopolitan competencies in all areas relevant to the current fields of musical performance, scholarship, and music mediation. It seeks to reflect and communicate the musics of the world in as many facets as possible, and pays particular attention to processes of transcultural transfer.

In exemplary manner, the LISZT UNIVERSITY is engaged in the promotion of exceptionally gifted children and adolescents from an early age, and consequently includes in its educational portfolio the Music High School for talented musicians at Schloss Belvedere.

The University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar is proud to have its home in the Thuringian town of Weimar. It grasps the opportunities offered by its historical rootedness in this region: in its close ties with other cultural institutions in the state of Thuringia, as well as intellectually, continuing the tradition represented by this heartland of culture and of European art music. It dedicates its work to the promotion of the Baroque music of the country's churches and residencies, the music of Weimar Classicism, and the efforts of Franz Liszt and his circle surrounding a renovation of music during the nineteenth century. Weimar's living tradition of the Bauhaus movement also suggests the active engagement with the music of the historical and contemporary avant-gardes, with particular weight being given to interdisciplinary considerations.