He charged *what??* for a piano lesson in Munich

He charged *what??* for a piano lesson in Munich


norman lebrecht

February 07, 2019

The disgraced former president of Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Siegfried Mauser, has been ordered to pay back 21,000 Euros after he was found to have abused his state position.

Mauser stepped down as president in 2014 to become head of the Salzburg Mozarteum.

But the Munich Administrative Court has found that he arranged to keep his name on the Hochschule’s faculty as a teacher. And the Hochschule billed his students around  277 Euro per hour for tuition – all of which is money he now has to pay back.

Apart from that Mauser, now 64, was charged soon after with sexual assault and sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment, which he has not yet served.

He could spend the rest of his life in litigation.



  • Max Grimm says:

    Norman, a small correction…
    Mauser wasn’t charging students €277.

    After he became president of the Mozarteum in 2014, he wished to and did retain a “teaching mandate” at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München, where, for every hour he taught, the Bavarian State paid him €277.
    The €21.000 is to be paid back to the state.

    • norman lebrecht says:

      Thank you, Max.

    • william osborne says:

      Also, Mauser got to keep most of the money he was paid. The 21,000 Euro was just the part that was considered an overcharge. 15,000 was sum total for the over charges per hour, plus 6000 that he was given as a premium for what I assume was considered superior work. As a Rektor, or former Rektor, he probably had considerable influence on the decisions to make these payments.

    • Nick says:

      It’s great to defend a criminal Max, but Bayern paid Mauser 277€ per lesson because Mauser requested it. There is no such payment allowed in Germany for government employees.

      • Max Grimm says:

        Please Nick, simply read my comment and don’t read into it.
        Norman initially wrote that Mauser was charging money directly from students for teaching standard university courses, which is not how universities here function. I fail to see how pointing out inaccuracies in reporting amounts to defending criminals.

  • Tamino says:

    That article doesn’t make any sense. Lost in translation?

  • olivia nordstad says:

    is it just me or does herr mauser bear an uncanny resemblance to Harvey Weinstein?

  • Maus im Haus says:

    It’s a saga. Siegfried Mauser will have a second meeting before the Administrative Court on February 13. It will be about hair-raising proceedings taking place at the outselt of the criminal proceedings: Mauser had himself taken leave from the Munich University of Music in 2015 once he became the Rector of the Salzburg Mozarteum. As we all know the employment at the Mozarteum was terminated ‘amicably’ due to the preliminary investigation on Mauser concerning harassment claims. Following his departure from Salzburg Mauser immediately demanded to be allowed to return to his former Munich official position — ! — so as to be able to continue receiving payment of his salary for that position. Because the Ministry denied him this astonishing request, the administrative Court will now have to decide whether Mauser was in his right to demand receiving his former salary or whether the Ministry was right in denying this request.

  • Nick says:

    When a nobody like Mauser can charge 277€ per lesson than what would the fee be for a REAL PROFESSOR?, someone who produces excellence. Throughout his career Mauser produced nothing except criminal behavior. He should rot in jail and all his assets should taken away.

    • Bill says:

      Presumably the fact that he was able to convince TPTB to pay him such a fee for teaching suggests that there was some actual demand for his teaching.