String Instruments

  Head of programme:          Univ.-Prof. Michael Posch (interim.)
  Vice head of programme:  Univ.-Prof. Mag. ArtD. Jorgos Panetsos (interim.)
                                     Henja Semmler (interim.)

Major Subjects

The range of string instrument courses targets the “Best of the Best” and focuses on the job descriptions of soloist, ensemble musician, orchestra musician and instrumental teaching (IGP) in the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Academic diploma programme Ensemble Playing focuses on the training of ensembles.

International soloists and members of the large Vienna Orchestras are guaranteed excellent training in the central artistic subjects of violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp and guitar.
There is also the chance to learn historical instruments (Baroque violin, Baroque cello, viola da gamba, Baroque guitar, lute) and to work intensively with electronic options (e-guitar, live electronics for string instruments).

Contemporary music, instrumental excellence and interdisciplinarity are the central focuses of the teaching and research. Providing innovative solutions, they enable our students to successfully face the challenges of an evolving music market.

Opportunities to perform in the Wiener Musikverein, at the Salzburg Festival and at the Wien Modern Music Festival, regular practice auditions, masterclasses, workshops, art projects and a friendly student atmosphere ensure an optimal study environment.

Orchestra Academy

The Tonkunstler Orchestra Academy and the course of study String Instruments at the MUK are united by the common goal of preparing and training young musicians for working in renowned orchestras.

A cooperation agreement between the two institutions makes it possible to combine the activities of the Academy with a Master's degree course at the MUK (specialising in orchestra performance) and to conclude with the academic title “Master of Arts”.

For those academics who wish to continue their studies at their home university, the MUK offers the possibility of attending individual courses free of charge. These courses completed at MUK can be submitted by the academics at their home university for crediting (in accordance with the agreements on the European Higher Education Area).

Contact information

Univ.-Prof. Michael Posch
Singerstraße 26, 1010 Wien, 2nd floor
Phone: +43 1 512 77 47-460
Fax: +43 1 512 77 47-99460
Mobile: +43 664 606 47 460

Secretary's Office Faculty of Music
Armin Radlherr MA

Johannesgasse 4a, 1010 Vienna
3rd floor | Room 3.08
Phone: +43 1 512 77 47-215


Info on the study programme

PDF info sheet (DE/EN)

String instruments at the MUK


Latest events

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The MUK considers itself a progressive university of music and art that creates cultural values in the fields of music, dance, acting and singing. The MUK is the only university owned by the City of Vienna and brings together the best international young talent and outstanding lecturers.



Johannesgasse 4a
1010 Vienna


+43 1 512 77 47


+43 1 512 77 47-7913

Monday to Friday:
8:00 a.m. — 10:00 p.m. (Johannesgasse 4a, Bräunerstraße 5)
8:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m. (Singerstraße 26)
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m. (all sites)
Sundays and holidays: closed