Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe
University of Music
Am Schloss Gottesaue 7
PO Box 6040
T +49-(0)721-66 29-0
F +49-(0)721-66 29-266
Karlsruhe is a lively young metropolis with eight universities and a vibrant cultural life. It is a modern, attractive, sought-after place of study where international flair meets the Baden way of life.
Since 1989, the University of Music Karlsruhe has been using the Renaissance Gottesaue Castle as its headquarters. The a building dates back to the 11th century. It was rebuilt most recently from ruins after September 1944. Since spring 2013, the castle has been the center of the new CampusOne. After several decades of being divided into four locations acrosss Karlsruhe, all specialist groups, institutes, students, and lecturers are now united. The University of Music Karlsruhe now presents itself in new splendor as a training center and significant cultural organizer on a new campus in the east of a growing city, providing meaningful charisma for the entire region.
CampusOne - Gottesaue Castle includes these facilities:
- Gottesaue Castle
- Multimedia, Concert, and Theater Complex (MUT) with Wolfgang Rihm Forum and Institute building
- Fany Solter House
- Schilling House
In Gottesaue Castle, the oldest campus building, several rooms, including many classrooms (Velte Room, Genuit Room with organ, lecture hall) are used for lessons, exams, competitions, concerts, lectures, seminars, workshops and master classes. The ground floor auditorium offers state-of-the-art technical equipment and the vaulted cellar houses the cafeteria, providing students, lecturers, and guests with hot and cold food and drinks. In the renovated and equipped attic is the library. The castle has partial disabled access.
Multimedia Concert and Theater Complex (MUT)
with Wolfgang Rihm Forum and Institute building
MUT and the new campus were inaugurated with a big music festival in spring 2013. The award-winning design of Architekten.3P Feuerstein Rüdenauer & Partner, Stuttgart differentiated shapes based on a sustainable urban planning concept of the campus as landscaped garden. Their achievement made the campus inviting and unique.
MUT consists of two buildings connected by a light-filled foyer, a concert complex and Institute bar. The concert complex includes the Wolfgang Rihm Forum with auditorium of up to 400 seats and large stage with retractable front stage or orchestra pit. A spacious foyer connects the concert hall with two different sized rehearsal stages, MUTprobe 1 and 2. Here teaching and many public events occur. With first-class technical equipment and ideal acoustics, the rooms offer excellent opportunities for all sorts of artistic presentations.
The second part of the building beyond the elongated foyer houses the State Center for Music Journalism and Music Informatics with the Institutes for Music Journalism (Radio / Television / Internet) and Music Informatics and Musicology. The seminar rooms and lecture halls are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, as are the computer studio and recording and broadcasting studios for radio, television and multimedia.
Fany Solter House
In October 2012, the building designed by Architekturbüro Veit Ruser + Partner, Karlsruhe was opened on the northeast corner of the campus. It honors former rector Professor Dr. med. h.c. Fany Solter. The building has a special acoustic separation between individual functional units, accommodating about 60 teaching and seminar rooms, ten other rooms, archival and technical rooms as well as a break area with an attractive terrace.
The Institute of Music Theater (IMT) is located in former royal stables of the castle. The rehearsal stage, known as the Fencing Hall, and other rooms are used for teaching, lectures, master classes and performances by the Children’s Music Theater.
30 rooms are available for instrumental practice 24/7.
In this building, known as the Fox’s Lair, between the castle and MUT are the University Rectorate and Administration. It also houses the Registrar's Office, Examination Office, Student Services, Press and Operations Office Management, International Office, Career Center, Technical Services, Home Services, Budget Department and Human Resources. The University Council and Senate boardrooms are also here.
In the smallest building on campus are the Press and Business offices as well as General Students' Committee (AStA).
The two "Kavaliershäuser" at the western end of the campus were renovated and expanded by fall 2020. Among other things, they also house the unique Horst Günter Library, a collection of about 3,000 volumes, some of them historical, on 400 years of vocal culture.