The Institute of Contemporary Music (I z M) was founded in June 2005. The concept behind it is to act as an interface between the departments, offering teaching in contemporary music for all departments of the University. This includes workshops, colloquia and guest lectures as well as excursions, lecture series and symposia. The I z M initiates interdisciplinary projects and collaborates with local and national institutions including the Ensemble Modern, the Hessischer Rundfunk, the Frankfurt Opera, the Archive Woman and Music, the State Theatre Wiesbaden and the Donaueschinger Musiktage festival.
The Institute mirrors events of local and national cultural life, bringing them into the University. In this way the I z M promotes contemporary music both inside and outside University walls. It organises regular events for the broader public including the «Shortcuts» when every two weeks teachers and students perform extracts from their ongoing work. Since September 2007, the Shortcuts are also held on every third Tuesday of the month at the Museum Wiesbaden. Under the label «Ensemble I z M», students work together on projects in different lineups. In winter semester 2006/2007, the Ensemble Modern and the HfMDK set up the master course «Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie».
Board of direction
Karin Dietrich (Programme direction and management)
Prof. Lucas Fels (Prof. Rainer Römer)
Prof. Gerhard Müller-Hornbach (Chairman) (Prof. Orm Finnendahl)
Prof. Hedwig Fassbender (Prof. Hans-Ulrich Becker)
Prof. Christopher Brandt