The Hochschule für Musik und Theater München is one of the most respected traditional vocational universities in Germany specialising in music and the performing arts. The building the Hochschule currently occupies is the former Führerbau of the NSDAP, located at Arcisstraße 12, on the eastern side of the Königsplatz, Munich. Teaching and events also take place in the locations Luisenstraße 37a, Gasteig, Prinzregententheater and Wilhelmstraße . Since 2008 the Richard Strauss Conservatory , until then independent, has been part of the Hochschule.
First founded in 1846 as a private institute called the Königliches Conservatorium für Musik, it was transformed in 1867 by King Ludwig II into the Königliche bayerische Musikschule at the suggestion of Wagner. It was financed privately by Ludwig until it received the status of state institution in 1874. It has since been renamed several times; to the Königliche Akademie der Tonkunst , the Staatliche Akademie der Tonkunst , the Hochschule für Musik , and finally the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in 1998. Its original location, the Odeonsgebäude, was destroyed in 1944.
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