The Rostock University of Music and Drama was founded in 1994 and is based in one of the most beautiful University buildings in Germany, the St. Katharinenstift. It was built in the 13th century as a Franciscan monastery. Between 1998 and 2001, it was extensively restored and new parts were added to the building that now provides an inspiring ambience. It is equipped with a concert and theatre hall, an organ hall, a chamber music hall, recording studios, an extensive library as well as numerous classrooms and practice rooms, thus creating ideal study and performance conditions. Its 500 students come from 40 nations and are spread across more than 30 courses.
By staging 300 annual events, hmt makes an important contribution to cultural life in the Hanseatic and university city. When these events were restricted due to the coronavirus in 2020, hmt established the “hmt on air!” event series. Since then, hmt has regularly broadcast student performances from the Katharinensaal via live stream.