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Bachelor of Music Strings

Bachelor of Music - Strings

The study program strings  can be studied with the main subjects violin, viola, violoncello, doublebass. All professors for string instruments have international concert experience and expertise in the most important genres of European traditional music. During the course of their studies, students are encouraged to explore contemporary music while simultaneously gaining experience performing historical music. The comprehensive demands students face when playing chamber and orchestra music, including staged auditions, lays the foundation preparing students for a career with a number of diverse possibilities.

 Students regularly have the opportunity to perform with different groups and at different events. The University’s symphony orchestra has 2-3 performances per semester, often with winners of student competitions performing as soloists.  Master Classes mit besonderen Gästen werden regelmäßig angeboten.

Master classes with special guests are also offered regularly. The course “Embodiment” encourages students to understand the importance that their long-term health has on playing their instruments. Last but not least, students benefit from Cologne’s vibrant music scene.

Please contact the main subject teacher for more information about the main subject.

General Information

  • Academic degree: Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)
  • Duration of degree program: 8 semesters (4 years)
  • Start of program: Winter semester
  • Degree requirements: 240 ECTS credits
  • Major: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass
  • Graduate program: Master of Music Orchestra, Master of Music Solo Instrument, Master of Music Chamber Music, Concert Exam

The application takes place online via the muvac platform. You can find all the information about the procedure on our Application page.

Admission Requirements

  • Certificate of secondary education or other comparable higher education entrance qualification, including, for example, an application for the determination of extraordinary artistic ability.
  • For non-German-speaking applications, proof of a language certificate at DaF level 3 is also required.
  • Successful completion of the entrance examination.

Entrance Examination

The entrance examination consists of the following three parts:

  1. Practical performance test in the candidate’s main subject (duration up to approx. 15 minutes);
  2. Practical performance test in piano as a second study (duration up to approx. 10 minutes);
  3. Music theory (elementary harmonic theory/aural skills) (written tests, total duration up to approx. 90 minutes)  

Detailed information can be found in the Entrance Examination Regulations, particularly in section 5: Content Requirements and Examination Format.

For practical courses, we recommend that candidates contact their chosen subject tutor in good time. They will be happy to advise candidates individually.


The program is structured so that students learn the technical and artistic fundamentals in their major, and these necessary basic tenets are enhanced by their knowledge of music theory, musicology, and music appreciation.

The second half of the program focuses primarily on career development and standard repertoires, facilitating the transition to life as concert Performers.

The degree program is divided into a basic program (first and second year) comprising a large number of obligatory modules and an advanced program (third and fourth year) which consists of different courses for different specializations.

The degree map comprises 7 main modules:

  1. Core module
  2. Artistic practical context
  3. Education
  4. Music appreciation
  5. Career development 
  6. Bachelor/interdisciplinary capstone Project
  7. Specialization module, profile orchestra or profile instrumental pedagogy


Lecturers main subject Violin

  • Prof. Ariadne Daskalakis (Köln)
  • Prof. Annette von Hehn (Wuppertal)
  • Prof. Susanna Yoko Henkel (Köln)
  • Prof. Barnabás Kelemen (Köln)
  • Prof. Mihaela Martin (Köln)
  • Prof. Skerdjano Keraj (Aachen)
  • Prof. Michael Vaiman (Aachen)
  • Prof. Ingeborg Scheerer (Wuppertal)
  • Prof. Albrecht Winter (Wuppertal)
  • Herr Emilian Piedicuta (Wuppertal) 

Lecturers main subject Viola

  • Prof. Werner Dickel (Köln, Wuppertal)
  • Prof. Matthias Buchholz (Köln)
  • Prof. Alexander Zemtsov (Köln)
  • Prof. Massimo Paris (Aachen)

Lecturers main subject Violoncello

  • Prof. Thomas Carroll (Köln)
  • Prof. Maria Kliegel (Köln)
  • Prof. Johannes Moser (Köln)
  • Grigory Alumyan (Köln)
  • Laurentiu Sbarcea (Aachen)
  • Prof. Hans-Christian Schweiker (Aachen)
  • Prof. Susanne Müller-Hornbach (Wuppertal)
  • Herr Michael Hablitzel (Wuppertal)
  • Prof. Gabriel Schwabe (Violoncello, Wuppertal)

Lecturers main subject Double Bass

  • Prof. Gottfried Engels (Köln)
  • Prof. Veit-Peter Schüßler (Köln)
  • Prof. Detmar Kurig (Aachen)