University of Music and Performing Arts (KUG)

Studentinnen der KUG beim Geigenspiel © KUG/Ulrike Rauch

With about 2,300 students in Graz and Oberschützen the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz – the KUG – is an internationally renowned place of education. With 17 institutes, 2 doctoral schools and a centre for gender studies it offers highly qualified training as well as research and development and exploration of the arts. The university located in the heart of Europe combines Austrian tradition in music and the performing arts with a pioneering contemporary positioning in a unique way. The students are at the centre of the daily work of the employees at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. The university connects seemingly opposing elements and perspectives, from which a basic principle of "interplay" emerges that determines and defines the profile of the whole university. This includes: university and society, art and science, teaching and research as well as development and exploration of the arts, practice and reflection, tradition and modernity, local and international matters.

Faculties and programmes

Composition; Theory of Music; History of Music; Conducting | Piano | Strings | Wind and Percussion Instruments | Music Education | Church Music and Organ | Voice, Lied and Oratorio |Jazz | Jazz Research | Opera | Drama | Stage Design | Oberschützen | Ethnomusicology |Aesthetics of Music | Early Music and Performance Practice | Electronic Music and Acoustics


The KUG combines the development and unfolding of the arts (artistic research) and scientific research with university education. Compared to other universities worldwide the scientific aspect in education is quite well developed and benefits from the vivid practice of music. On the other hand, artists benefit from scientific reflection. A functional and state-of-the-art infrastructure as well as numerous guest lectures, workshops and possibilities to appear in publicallow to design studies in the best possible way. The artistic and scientific activities of some 300 renowned teachers interact directly with teaching and ensure excellentand practice-oriented education in this way. Owing to this highly qualified personal attention the KUG can look back on a long list of very successful graduates .At the KUG students and teachers are considered partners in a common cognitive process which animates the conceptof "education through arts and science".