The city of Utrecht is home to a large number of concert venues, notably the just completed, state-of-the-art TivoliVredenburg complex, as well as the Utrecht School of the Arts. It is also host to a number of world-famous musical events such as the Utrecht Festival of Early Music, the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival, the Gaudeamus Festival for Contemporary Music and Young Composers, or the triennial International Franz Liszt Piano Competition. The rich cultural facilities of Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam are all within easy travelling distance.
Focus on Early Music, the History of Music in the Netherlands, and Music and Media
Since its foundation in 1930, one of the primary research focuses of Musicology in Utrecht has been early music, in particular the music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods and the history of music in the Low Countries, from the establishment of the Dutch Republic to the modern day. More recently, our traditional research profile has expanded to include the complex interactions between music, society, and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Internationally acclaimed library
The Utrecht University Library’s extensive music collection is internationally acclaimed and widely recognised as the most significant musicological research collection in the Netherlands and Flanders. The library also houses a range of original source materials for musicological research within its Special Collections.