HEMU (University of Music Lausanne) was founded in 2005 in the Conservatoire that dates back to 1861. The HEMU offers its students university-level training in classical and jazz music (bachelor and master) based on theory and practice, thus facilitating immediate access to the professional world on completion of the course. The HEMU belongs to the European Association of Conservatoires, which ensures that the quality of music teaching meets the highest standards. Close to 570 students representing around 45 nationalities attend this school.
A significant proportion of the work done at the HEMU is devoted to research. The aim of this is to establish links between education, interpretation and creation for the purpose of mutual enrichment. Research projects are often conducted in partnership with other institutions such as universities, foundations, audiovisual media groups and orchestras.
Famous virtuosos have attended HEMU, such as Sandrine Rudaz, nominated for the Jetty Goldsmith Awards, Gauthier Toux, named 2018 French revelation by Jazz Magazine, as well as Marina Viotti, Best Young Singer 2019 at the Opera Awards.