Master's Degree Programme

Since 2006 the IEMA Scholarship Programme (founded as early as 2003) has been offered as a one-year Master’s Degree in »Contemporary Music« in cooperation with the Frankfurt Music University. Thanks to funding from the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Kunststiftung NRW and Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, young artists (instrumentalists, conductors, composers, and sound directors) are able to work for an entire year with the members of the Ensemble Modern on the diverse repertoire of modern music. From 2012 on, IEMA is also offering a scholarship in music education, supported by the ALTANA Kulturstiftung.

The goal of the Master’s Degree Programme is to teach contemporary performing techniques and the treatment of the notation and interpretation of contemporary music, as well as to develop an understanding for aesthetic concepts immanent to the works, gaining comprehensive knowledge of the musical repertoire of the 20th and 21st century. Cooperation projects with other institutions, such as the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies Giessen (ATW), provide opportunities for interdisciplinary projects. Famous composers and conductors, including Friedrich Cerha, Peter Eötvös, Heiner Goebbels, Heinz Holliger, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, and Hans Zender, are regular guests at the Academy. The results of this work are presented in over 20 concerts each year in Germany and abroad.

IEMA is member of the Ulysses Network, an alliance that was founded in 2012 and brings together 14 musical institutions and academies from all over Europe. Trough this network, funded with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union, IEMA can offer better conditions for the production and dissemination of works created within its context.