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Street Address:

Ul Bolshaya Nikitskaya 13/6, 125009 Moscow, Russia


+7 495 627 2060


Undergraduate program


Diploma (=Bachelor). Studies include performance (classical, early music, opera), choral, opera and orchestral conducting, composition, contemporary music, theory, solfège, musicology, history of Russian music, ethnomusicology, music technology.


Graduate programs


Aspirantura (=Master). In performance, keyboard accompaniment, composition, conducting (choral, band, orchestral, opera), musicology. Doctor of Philosophy.


Other program


Post-graduate Professional Training Course. An advanced program in the student’s specialty. For foreign musicians, with each program tailored individually.

Institution Notes:

The Conservatory was founded in 1866 by Nikolay Rubinstein, brother of Anton Rubinstein who founded the St Petersburg Conservatory just four years earlier in 1862. There are faculties of piano, orchestral instruments, singing, orchestral, choral and opera conducting, composition, musicology/ethnomusicology, performance practice, and continuing education. Attached are a conservatorium music college, a children’s music school and a special music school giving music tuition to talented students. A preparatory course for foreign students gives performance training as well as training in Russian language. A military band conducting academy is also associated with the conservatory. There is a Research Centre for Church Music as well as an Editorial and Publishing Division and a Centre for Contemporary Music. Facilities include three performing halls with several hundreds of concerts being organised each year. The Tanfeyev Library contains about 1,250 000 volumes including a number of rare 15th, 16th and 17th church manuscripts and publications as well as first editions of some Beethoven scores (with his hand-written remarks), autograph scores of Glinka, Berlioz, Rimsky-Korsakov, Arensky, Skryabin, Grechaninov and Rachmaninov, a first edition of Tchaikovsky's opera Queen of Spades, letters of Liszt, Arensky, a harmony book by Tchaikovsky and large numbers of photographs and memorabilia of every well-known Russian musician of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. There is also a large collection of sound recordings of concert performances of great Russian and foreign musicians of the 20th century, including Gilels, David Oistrach, Sviatoslav Richter and Leopold Stokowski and a sound recording archive of over 80,000 discs as well as tapes, CDs and CD-Roms. There is a co-operative agreement with the M I Glinka State Central Museum of Musical Culture and its extensive instrument collection for ethnomusicological research. Professors have included Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Glazounov, Liadov, Glière, Myaskovsky, Ippolitov-Ivanov, David Oistrach, Rostropovich and Prokofiev. Graduates, many later to be appointed professors, include Rachmaninov, Skryabin, Medtner, Kabalevsky, Shebalin, Khatchaturian, Emil Gilels, Igor Oistrach, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dorensky, Lorin Mazel and the conductor Rozhdestvensky. An active member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

Last Updated:

June 2022