Moscow State Conservatoire was founded by outstanding musician,
brilliant pianist, conductor and musical activist, Nikolai Rubinstein.
Among its professors were P. Tchaikovsky, S. Taneev, V. Safonov,
M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, N. Miaskovsky, D. Shostakovich, the leading
composers and musicians of their time. Among its alumni that gained
world recognition are S. Rakhmaninov, A. Scriabin, N. Metner, S.
Richter, L. Kogan, and M. Rostropovich. Today the Moscow Conservatoire
is one of the best music institutions in the world. Students are
taught by highly professional and internationally recognized professors,
performers, composers and scholars.
The Conservatoire now is a whole complex of music teaching institutions.
It includes the Conservatoire itself, the Music College, the Central
Music School and the Depart ment of Military Conductors. The Conservatoire
has seven major departments: the Piano Department with organ and
harpsichord classes; the Orchestral Studies Department including
string, brass, percussion subdivisions and orchestral conduct ing;
the Vocal Studies Department; the Choral Conducting Department;
the Composition Department; the Music Studies Department including
history and theory of music and ethnomusicology; and the History
and Theory of Performance Department.
The Moscow Conservatoire’s S. Taneev Scientific-Music Library is
one of the richest depositories of books and music in Russia. The
Bolshoi (Grand), Maly (Small) and Rachmaninoff Halls play a significant
role in the life of the Conservatoire and in the creation of its
unique atmosphere, encouraging the development of its students’
creative abilities. Many students enjoy wonderful opportunities
to demonstrate their performance skills on these stages. Several
hundred concerts are organised annually both in the Conservatoire’s
halls in Moscow and throughout Russia.