Composition & Music Theory

SUPER digital dreams. Kammeroper für 4 Stimmen, Elektronik und Video. Künstlerische Präsentation der Habilitation von Laure M. Hiendl. | © Michael Klimt

The Department of Composition and Music Theory explores contemporary forms of instrumental and electroacoustic composition and explores scholarly, artistic, and pedagogical approaches to music and styles of all periods. Teaching and music education at the highest level are offered to students of all majors.


The department of composition is closely linked to the performance practice of New Music through close cooperation with the Institute for New Music and the international master's program in New Music.

In the area of music theory, the department offers, in addition to the professionalization in music theory provided for in all music degree programs, the possibility of in-depth study and specialization in the bachelor's and master's programs in music theory as well as in the focus on music theory/aural training in the IGP program (acquisition of the supplementary teaching qualification in music theory/aural training for Austrian music schools).



  • © Christian Schneider
    On the hunt for unheard soundscapes 

    After their first concert at the end of May, musical director Kai Röhrig and flautist Leona Rajakowitsch, founding members of the newly formed ensemble for contemporary music at the Mozarteum University, and composer Anna Skladannaya reflect on the potential and significance of new music - with a view to more to come.

  • © Matthieu-Rynkiewicz

    On 24 May, "Doppler 15" will be the first concert by the newly formed ensemble for new music at Solitär. Kai Röhrig, the ensemble's musical director, flautist Leona Rajakowitsch and composer Anna Skladannaya (both students and founding members of the ensemble) talk about the genesis, current projects, challenges and the hunt for new, unheard-of soundscapes.

  • Sarah Nemtsov | © Camille Blake
    Sarah Nemtsov receives the Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis 2025 

    Sarah Nemtsov, renowned composer and university professor of composition at the Mozarteum University, will receive the Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis 2025 for her outstanding contributions to contemporary music. The prize, which has been endowed with 10,000 euros since 2025, is one of the most important cultural prizes in Germany and is the only prize in the world to be awarded exclusively to female composers.

    Awards & Successes


  • 1.6.—30.6.2024
    Study concerts June 2024
    Study concerts (or "class evenings") are concerts in which students of the Mozarteum University perform on stage. They are either organised as part of courses or by the respective departments - and can be experienced with free admission.
    Study concert
    · Free
  • 22.6.2024
    03:00 pm
    Kleines Studio
    Graduate Concert Composition: Seungju Noh
    with the ensemble for contemporary music
    Graduate Concert
    · Free
  • 25.6.2024
    07:30 pm
    Graduate Concert Composition: Mikyoung Lee & Veit Vergara
    with the ensemble for contemporary music
    Graduate Concert
    · Free
  • 10.10.2024
    07:30 pm
    Ensemble project Composition
    · Free


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