Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna

Orchester mit Studierenden der MUK © MUK/Wolfgang Simlinger

The Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUK) is the first and only accredited private university that is fully funded by the City of Vienna. Evolved from the former Conservatory of Vienna, it offers a wide spectrum of academic but also practice-oriented courses in the fields of music and performing arts. The range of studies includes more than 30 bachelor’s, master’s and PhD programmes, academic diploma programmes and preparatory courses. Numerous successes achieved by our 850 students from all over the world in national and international competitions impressively demonstrate the high standard of education. The teaching staff of the MUK is composed of renowned personalities. Several times a year prominent guest professors enrich our programmes. The university offers campus flair in three locations directly in the historical heart of Vienna.

Faculties and programmes

Faculty of Music. Keyboard Instruments, Conducting and Composition | String Instruments | Wind and Percussion Instruments | Early Music | Jazz
Faculty of Performing Arts. Voice and Opera | Musical Theatre | Dance | Drama | Master of Arts Education
Non-degree programmes. Academic diploma programmes | Preparatory courses


  • Accessible education at the highest level with low tuition fees
  • Special support for highly gifted young people to fully develop their potential
  • Interdisciplinarity of the arts via cross-departmental projects by integrating tradition and modernity
  • Individual attention for every student (average of three students per teacher)
  • Successful graduates including Paul Badura-Skoda, Falco, Lidia Baich, Aleksey Igudesman, Elfriede Jelinek, Nicholas Ofczarek, Julian Rachlin, Mihail Sosnovschi, Nathan Trent, Terry Wey or Joe Zawinul
  • Besides members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, teachers at the MUK include Lidia Baich, Esther Balfe, Roland Batik, Natalia Gutman, Boris Kuschnir, Andy Middleton, Julian Rachlin, Katharina Stemberger, Matthias Schorn, Susi Stach, Pavel Vernikov, Linda Watson and Nebojša Živković, among many others.
  • Within the framework of master classes, seminars and workshops students at the MUK have had the chance to work with e.g. Marin Alsop, Daniel Barenboim, Bobby McFerrin, Thomas Hampson, Alexej Igudesman, Angelika Kirchschlager, Lang Lang, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Mstislaw Rostropowitsch, Michael Schade, Markus Stockhausen.
  • Active promoter of concerts and theatre productions with over 450 productions yearly
  • Active member of the cultural scene underlined by partnerships and cooperations with leading cultural institutes, universities and initiatives throughout the world.