Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, also known simply as Mozarteum Salzburg, is a university in Salzburg, Austria which specializes in music and the dramatic arts. It is famous as one of the most respected universities in Europe for music studies and was named after Salzburg native Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. History: The predecessor of the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg was the "Cathedral Music Association and Mozarteum", founded in 1841 through the energies of Mozarts widow Constanze Weber Mozart. Its purpose was the "refinement of musical taste with regard to sacred music as well as concerts". Through the 19th century, the concerts of the orchestra, officially named the "Mozarteum Orchestra" in 1908, became the center of Salzburgs musical life. In Salzburg, the Foundation built and maintains a building with two concert halls, called the Mozarteum. It was constructed 1910–14, designed by the Munich architect Richard Berndl (1875–1955). The "University Mozarteum" is affiliated with the International Mozarteum Foundation. The recently rebuilt "University" main building is located at Mirabellplatz 1. Quick Facts: • founded in | 1841 • number of teachers | 500 • number of students | 1,600 • percentage of foreign students | 56% Departments: • Music • Conducting, Composition and Music Theory • Keyboard Studies • String Studies • Brass, Wind and Percussion Studies • Vocal Studies • Music Theatre • Musicology • Music Education in Salzburg • Music Education in Innsbruck Theatre: • Drama • Stage Design Visual Arts: Fine Arts, Arts and Crafts Education SPECIALS: Mozarteum International Summer Academy Every year the Mozarteum University organizes the International Summer Academy which invites thousands of young musicians from all over the world to study in Salzburg. The Summer Academy was founded in 1916 by Lilli Lehmann and nowadays offers over 60 master classes. Master courses with outstanding teachers from the Mozarteum University and many international guests give excellent young musicians inspiration and the chance to achieve perfection by profiting from a wealth of encounters during the festival season. International Mozart Competition The International Mozart Competition organized by the Mozarteum University is one of the major international music competitions. Every 3 to 4 years highly talented young musicians from all over the world are invited to compare their ability in the interpretation of Mozart and be judged by an international jury. For the winners the International Mozart Competition is often a springboard to a world career as impressively documented by the international success of previous prizewinners.