Moscow Conservatory

A higher musical education institution in Moscow, and the second oldest conservatory in Russia after St. Petersburg Conservatory

Moscow Conservatory
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Along with the St. Petersburg Conservatory, it is one of the leading music universities in the country and one of most prestigious in the world.

Bolshoi Hall, the main performance auditorium
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It was co-founded in 1866 as the Moscow Imperial Conservatory by Nikolai Rubinstein (brother of the famous Russian pianist and composer Anton Rubinstein, who founded the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1862) and Prince Nikolai Petrovitch Troubetzkoy.

The Moscow Conservatory in 1940
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At its opening, Tchaikovsky was appointed professor of theory and harmony, a post he held until approximately 1878. Since 1940, the conservatory has borne Tchaikovsky's name.

Monument to Tchaikovsky in front of the Moscow Conservatory
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Prior to the Revolution the choral faculty of the conservatory was second to the Moscow Synodal School and Moscow Synodal Choir, but in 1919 both were closed and merged into the choral faculty. Some of the students now listed as being of the conservatory were in fact students of the Synodal School.

The renovation of the hall was completed in 2011.

Some notable graduates

  • Valery Afanassiev – pianist
  • Nelly Akopian-Tamarina – pianist
  • Adilia Alieva – pianist
  • Edward Artemyev – composer
  • Vladimir Ashkenazy – pianist, conductor
  • Vladimir Bakaleinikov – violist, teacher, composer, conductor
  • Stanisław Barcewicz — violinist
  • Rudolf Barshai – violist, conductor
  • Dmitri Bashkirov – pianist, teacher
  • Yuri Bashmet – violist, conductor
  • Boris Berezovsky – pianist
  • Boris Berman – pianist, teacher
  • Lazar Berman – pianist
  • Vadim Borisovsky – violist, teacher
  • Anatoliy Brandukov – cellist
  • Alexander Chuhaldin – violinist, conductor, composer
  • Tish Daija — Albanian composer
  • Đặng Thái Sơn – pianist
  • Bella Davidovich – pianist
  • Nikolai Demidenko – pianist
  • Edison Denisov – composer
  • Vladimir Denissenkov – accordionist
  • Fyodor Druzhinin – violist
  • Youri Egorov – pianist
  • Samuil Feinberg – pianist, composer
  • Yakov Flier – pianist
  • Andrei Gavrilov – pianist
  • Michael L. Geller – composer, violist
  • Emil Gilels – pianist
  • Marina Goglidze-Mdivani – pianist
  • Yulia Goncharenko – pianist
  • Alexei Gorokhov – violinist, musicologist, teacher
  • Vera Gornostayeva – pianist, teacher
  • Sofia Gubaidulina – composer
  • Natalia Gutman – cellist
  • Rustem Hayroudinoff – pianist
  • Andrej Hoteev – pianist
  • Waleed Howrani – composer, pianist
  • Valentina Igoshina – pianist
  • Konstantin Igumnov — pianist
  • Ilya Itin — pianist
  • Dmitry Kabalevsky – composer, pianist
  • Olga Kern – pianist
  • Aram Khachaturian – composer
  • Yuri Kholopov – musicologist, music theorist
  • Tikhon Khrennikov – composer
  • Igor Khudolei – pianist
  • Olga Kiun — pianist
  • Leonid Kogan – violinist
  • Pavel Kogan – violinist, conductor
  • Evgeni Koroliov — pianist
  • Vladimir Krainev – pianist
  • Gidon Kremer — violinist
  • Eduard Kunz – pianist
  • Elisabeth Leonskaja – pianist and teacher
  • Josef Lhévinne – pianist
  • Rosina Lhévinne – pianist, pedagogue
  • Dong-Hyek Lim – pianist
  • Alexei Lubimov – pianist
  • Nikolai Lugansky – pianist
  • Radu Lupu – pianist
  • Dmitry Malikov – pianist, composer, singer
  • Yevgeny Malinin — pianist,
  • Emanuil Manolov — pianist, flutist, conductor, composer
  • Denis Matsuev — pianist
  • Nikolai Medtner — composer, pianist
  • Victor Merzhanov – pianist
  • Pervez Mody — pianist
  • Alexander Mogilevsky – violinist
  • Roman Moiseyev – conductor
  • Alexander Mosolov – pianist, composer
  • Avni Mula – Albanian singer, composer
  • Shoista Mullodzhanova – Shashmaqam singer
  • Viktoria Mullova – violinist
  • Alexandre Naoumenko — singer
  • Anahit Nersesyan – pianist
  • Heinrich Neuhaus – pianist
  • Stanislav Neuhaus – pianist
  • Tatiana Nikolayeva – pianist
  • Dmitri Novgorodsky — pianist
  • Lev Oborin – pianist
  • David Oistrakh – violinist
  • Aleksandra Pakhmutova – composer
  • Dmitry Paperno – pianist
  • Georgs Pelēcis — Latvian composer and musicologist
  • Nikolai Petrov – pianist
  • Gregor Piatigorsky – cellist
  • Mikhail Pletnev – pianist, composer, conductor
  • Ivo Pogorelić – pianist
  • Viktoria Postnikova – pianist
  • Mikhail Press – violinist
  • Xenia Prochorova – pianist
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff – pianist, composer
  • Sviatoslav Richter – pianist
  • Evgeny Rivkin — pianist
  • Mstislav Rostropovich – cellist and conductor
  • Gennady Rozhdestvensky – conductor
  • Aram Satian – composer
  • Rodion Shchedrin – composer and pianist
  • Alfred Schnittke – composer
  • Valery Sigalevitch – pianist
  • Pyotr Slovtsov – tenor and teacher
  • Rafail Sobolevsky — violinist
  • Viviana Sofronitsky — Pianist
  • Aleksandr Sokolov – Russian Minister of Culture
  • Grigory Sokolov — pianist
  • Alexei Soutchkov – pianist
  • Vladimir Spivakov – violinist, conductor
  • Steven Spooner – pianist
  • Mykola Suk – pianist
  • Yevgeny Svetlanov – conductor, pianist, composer
  • Viktor Tretiakov – violinist
  • Ibrahim Tukiqi – Albanian singer
  • Mauricio Vallina – pianist
  • Alexander Veprik – composer
  • Eliso Virsaladze – pianist
  • Mikhail Voskresensky – pianist
  • Jacob Weinberg – pianist and composer
  • Oleg Yanchenko – organist and conductor
  • Marina Yashvili- violinist
  • Çesk Zadeja – Albanian composer
  • Marina Yakhlakova — pianist
  • Irina Zaritskaya — pianist
  • Igor Zubkovsky – cellist

Moscow Conservatory
Russian: Московская Государственная Консерватория им. П. И. Чайковского
Moscow State Conservatory named after P. I. Tchaikovsky

Contacts

Address: 13 Bolshaya Nikitskaya, Moscow, 125009 (125009, Москва, ул. Большая Никитская, 13)

Web: www.mosconsv.ru

Notable current professors

  • Yuri Bashmet – viola
  • Eduard Grach – violin
  • Sergei Kravchenko – violin
  • Sergei Dorensky – piano
  • Natalia Gutman – cello
  • Andrei Eshpai – composition
  • Vera Gornostayeva – piano
  • Yulia Goncharenko – chamber music
  • Alexei Lubimov – pianist
  • Victor Merzhanov – piano
  • Gennady Rozhdestvensky – conducting
  • Yuri Slesarev – piano
  • Nataly Timashpolsky – piano
  • Eliso Virsaladze – piano
  • Mikhail Voskresensky – piano
  • Irina Zhurina – voice