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Master of Music Modern Piano Music

Master of Music - Modern Paino Music

The Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln offers a master’s program in modern piano Music.

The program is directed at highly-skilled pianists who wish to specialize in music from the 20th and 21st centuries. For example, if you long to be a member of an ensemble that plays new music, this program is ideal as preparation.

In Prof. Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the University has one of the world’s most renowned specialists in contemporary music among its ranks.

The master’s program includes a wide range of courses in the fields of instrument performance, chamber music/ensembles, and the theory of new music/composition. In collaboration with the recently established Institute for New Music, modern piano music students have an active, creative environment that is shaped by the composers and students from the master’s program in Interpretation of New Music.

We hope that this program attracts highly talented musicians from around the world who will once again make the University an even stronger global hub for new music interpretation!

General Information

  • Academic degree: Master of Music
  • Duration of degree program: 4 semesters (2 years)
  • Start of program: Winter semester
  • Degree requirements: 120 ECTS credits
  • Major: piano
  • Graduate program: 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

  • Successful completion of a four-year Bachelor’s Degree or other comparable qualification in one of the available main subjects.
  • For non-German-speaking applicants, proof of a language certificate at level A2 (based on the European Reference Framework for Languages) is also required.
  • Successful completion of the entrance examination.

Entrance examination

The entrance examination is a practical performance test in the candidate’s main subject and should consist of a solo programme that demonstrates the candidate’s ability and artistry. The test lasts approximately 20 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 programme consists of four modules: The student’s subject (piano), the “Practical Performance in Context” module, as well as a broad range of elective material allowing the students to develop their own profiles as pianists. Module 4 consists of the Master’s thesis or final Master’s project and concludes the course of study.


Prof. Pierre-Laurent Aimard