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Contemporary music

Immersion in the multifaceted world of contemporary music performance

Key data

Master of Arts FHNW in Spezialisierter Musikalischer Performance, Zeitgenössische Musik
ECTS points
Start of semester
Beginning of September
Studying mode
Full time
4 semesters
Teaching language
Campus Musik-Akademie Basel
Application fee
200 CHF
Semester fee
700 CHF (CH) | 1000 CHF (EU/EFTA) | 1250 CHF (Not-EU/Not-EFTA) More Fees

The Contemporary Music Major offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of contemporary music performance and develop their individual artistry. The advanced nature of the curriculum requires excellent instrumental and/or vocal proficiency, as well as prior knowledge and experience of contemporary music performance. The in-depth, wide-ranging engagement with the subject coupled with a strong collaborative focus equips students to pursue a professional performance career, whether in a solo capacity or as part of a chamber music or larger music ensemble, locally, nationally and internationally.

Study and schedule
Alongside their tutoring duties, the programme's artistic directors help students create their personalised study programme and support them at every stage of the Master's thesis process. They also advise students on the choice of lecturers for their individual classes, offered either within the School of Music or in other parts of Europe. As part of the Contemporary Music Major, students will also take theory, communication and marketing classes at the FHNW School of Music. They will work with sonic space basel to develop concert and performance projects, which will ultimately be staged at national and international festivals. Collaboration and interdisciplinarity are core components of the curriculum.

zone expérimentale – the contemporary chamber music ensemble
In addition to basic practical and theoretical training, collaboration with the 'zone expérimentale' ensemble on contemporary chamber music is a central focus of the Contemporary Music Major. As well as working with tutors from around the world, students will regularly hone their contemporary collective practice at the Studio/LAB for Contemporary Music. They will also have the opportunity to attend workshops, seminars, masterclasses and colloquia hosted and given by their Contemporary Music Major tutors and/or guest lecturers.


Helmut Lachenmann at the Basel Academy of Music

Basel Academy of Music

An international institute of higher education and research

Basel Academy of Music