Music in Frankfurt


Music is a prominent feature on Frankfurt's cultural scene. The internationally renowned Ensemble Modern, and the composer Heiner Goebbels have close ties with the city, as does great jazz or the electronic music scene represented by Sven Väth, one of the world’s most popular DJs and techno producers.

Spectacular productions by the multiple award-winning Oper Frankfurt, outstanding concert series featuring the world’s greatest orchestras and soloists at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the famous annual „Deutsche Jazz Festival Frankfurt“ and concerts by international rock and pop stars at the Festhalle or Batschkapp, these are just some examples of the wide range of great music events in Frankfurt am Main.

Two outstanding symphony orchestras, the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, are based in Frankfurt. Other orchestras, choirs and bands of diverse musical genres with their high calibre creative work play a significant role in the city’s vibrant musical life.Numerous orchestras, choirs and music groups of diverse musical genres are based in the city. With the outstanding quality of their creative work, they play a central role on Frankfurt’s vibrant music scene.

Frankfurt is home to several initiatives and associations for musicians and music lovers. Furthermore, there is a broad spectrum of music academies. The Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst [Academy of Music and the Performing Arts],  Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium, the Musikschule Frankfurt and the Frankfurter Musikwerkstatt für Jazz und Popularmusik [Frankfurt Jazz and Popular Music Workshop] are just some examples of the many ways to study music in Frankfurt.

The Frankfurt-based broadcasting station Hessische Rundfunk with its sophisticated music programmes and productions and the local radio station radio x with its special broadcasts featuring the regional music scene greatly contribute to the outstanding quality of music in Frankfurt. Not least, the Internationale Musikmesse Frankfurt [International Music Fair], the largest of its kind worldwide, and numerous other companies and institutions involved in the production, presentation and promotion of music prove that music in this city is significant also economically.

The Culture Portal’s music pages provide information on festivals and concert series, choirs and orchestras, education and research facilities, initiatives and associations and much more. Well over one hundred places and institutions present their programmes and activities here with which they help to create and shape Frankfurt’s rich and vibrant music scene.