From music school to university

Music education in Linz has a tradition going back more than 200 years. The Anton Bruckner Private University was originally founded in 1823 as a singing school. In 1932, it was designated a conservatory. In 2004, the Bruckner Conservatory was transformed into a private university supported by the federal state of Upper Austria. In October 2015, the Anton Bruckner Private University began study operations in the university building newly constructed by the federal state of Upper Austria at the foot of the Pöstlingberg in Linz-Urfahr.

Martin Rummel has been rector of Anton Bruckner Private University since October 2021.

1823Founded as a singing school of the Linz Music Association
1863Unsuccessful negotiations with Anton Bruckner about taking over the management of the music school
1908On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I, the industrialist Karl Franz dedicates the Spiegelfeld House at Waltherstrasse 24 to the Musikverein
1909The imperial and royal Ministry for Culture and Education approves the title “Emperor Franz Joseph Jubilee Music School”
1932Transformation of the Musikverein School into the Bruckner Conservatory
1970Move into its own building at Wildbergstrasse 18
2004The Conservatory is accredited as a private university, supported by the federal state of Upper Austria
2011Groundbreaking ceremony for the new building on the Hagen grounds at the foot of Linz’s Pöstlingberg mountain
2015Start of study operations at Hagenstrasse 57
2018Completion of the full academic offerings with the instruction of two doctoral programs