Brahms-Institut: Collecting Requires Responsibility

The Brahms-Institut at the Musikhochschule Lübeck was founded in 1991 with the acquisition of the largest private Brahms collection around the world, (Sammlung Hofmann). An institution located at Musikhochschule Lübeck, but independent, the Brahms-Institut has been led by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sandberger since November 1999. In the summer of 2002, the Brahms-Institut moved to its new, representative home at Villa Brahms on Lübecks’ Jerusalemberg. The representative neo-classicist country estate offers ideal surroundings for concerts, conferences, special thematic evenings, and the exhibitions directed at an interested audience.

Collecting requires responsibility: according to this motto, the institute has a variety of tasks. The holdings are expanded by engaging in targeting collecting, while also being preserved and researched. Thanks to the generous support of numerous foundations, the collection has been expanded in recent years with high quality source material. Making the collection open to the public also includes the preparation of sources in a digital form. In addition, several research projects are also located at the institute. The Brahms-Institut is nationally and internationally networked in diverse ways.

By the close link of the Brahms-Institut and the Musikhochschule, a fruitful exchange of musical research and artistic practice has been intensified. The Brahms-Festival of Musikhochschule Lübeck, each year one of the highlights of the school’s event calendar, is an example with an attraction that goes beyond the region.