LAST UPDATE: 20.07.2018; 16:04

The owner of Palais Epstein, Gustav Ritter von Epstein, a sponsor of the arts and in particular of the Vienna Musikverein, would probably have been most surprised to hear that his palace would once, though only for one academic year, accommodate the Vienna Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, which had, in fact, been founded - under the name of Conservatoire - by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde.

The pressing lack of space that still confronted many public institutions even ten years after the end of the war forced the Academy to temporarily move some of its departments to the palace after it had been vacated by the Red Army and thoroughly renovated.