Post graduate
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From the heyday of the harpsichord between the 15th and 18th centuris right up to the present day: this practice-oriented and acadmically substantiated course for furthering competences offers harpsichordists the possibility to specialise according to their personal interests. Particular focus is placed on nurturing the student's ability to independently develop different interpretation methods, and defining their artistic personality.  

General information

Admission to a postgraduate university course (PGL) requires the successful completion of a subject-related master's or diploma degree at a recognised Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution in the respective principal study. Admission with a teaching degree, such as music education or instrumental & vocal pedagogy, is NOT possible.

A prerequisite for admission to a university course is also the successful completion of an audition. Registration for an audition is completed online and requires candidates to upload documents proving their eligibility for the course. An invitation to audition will only be issued after the necessary documents have been submitted in full and approved by the admissions office.

N.B.: Document checks can take up to 4 weeks! Early registration is therefore recommended.

Documents required for online registration

  • Bachelor certificate and Master certificate or final certificate of an equivalent study program, if the study programme has already been completed
  • Confirmation of current enrollment in a Master's programme, if the study programme has not yet been completed (the transcript must be submitted prior to enrollment!)
  • Overview of subjects and grades from the BA and MA studies (Transcript of Records)
  • Official confirmation of the principal study, if this is not evident from the other documents (e.g. "Bachelor of Music" is not sufficient!)

Format of documents

  • The documents can be uploaded as PDF in the registration form.
  • If the documents are not available in German or English, an official translation must be submitted as well.


If you have received an invitation to audition, an audition will be held on site to determine your artistic aptitude.

The program presented must include pieces from several styles or periods, taking into account technical and stylistic diversity.

 The following works must be prepared:

  • a larger work or group of works from before 1650 (approx. 10 minutes)
  • a work by Fr. Couperin, J.-Ph. Rameau or A. Forqueray (approx. 10 minutes)
  • one larger work or group of works by J.S. Bach (10-15 minutes)
  • one work from after 1950
  • a figured bass exposition, e.g. slow and fast movement of a methodical sonata by Telemann
  • one larger work of free choice (15-20 minutes)

Dates & Admissions procedure

The dates of the entrance exam as well as important deadlines can be found current calendar


  • Online registration for an audition during the application period via the registration portal for applicants
    (N.B.: Registration is only possible after submission of all necessary documents!)
  • Once documents have been approved: invitation to audition on site
  • Participation in the audition on site in May/June
  • In the case of a successful audition: invitation to enroll in the course
  • Enrollment during the general admission period

Accessibility and Widening Participation

Please note that the Mozarteum University Salzburg offers various support options at the time of audition and during your studies if you have a disability or a chronic illness.

If this applies to you and you would like to take advantage of counselling, please contact Claudia Haitzmann:  claudia.haitzmann@moz.ac.at or +43 676 88122 337.

Tuition fees and the ÖH fee (membership of the Students' Union) are to be paid per semester.

Information on the current fees can be found HERE.

The course includes 2 academic hours per week of instruction in the principal study. In addition, electives and free electives can be taken. Performance opportunities at university concerts and events in Salzburg and further afield are part of the course.

The duration of the course is 2 semesters. With the approval of the  principal study teacher and the Director of Studies, it is possible to extend the course by one or two semesters.

Link to curriculum

There is no final recital. Successful completion of the course is based upon passing grades in classes relating to the principal study. A certificate of completion can be issued upon request.

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