Artistic Direction of Opera and Sympony Orchestra and Choir in Gnesins Russian Academy of Music

Specialist’s (5-year) program (Artistic Direction of Symphony Orchestra and Opera specialization)

Faculty of Conducting,

Department of Symphony and Opera Conducting






Vladimir P. ZIVA,

Head of the Department

Tel. +7 495 691-65-47


Current position in rankings. Gnesins Academy is ranked among Top 100 best Russian HEIs according to Forbes.

Achievements and awards. The program successfully underwent professional-public accreditation (the National Centre for Public Accreditation, 2019).

Students are holders of the Grant of the President of the Russian Federation for getting second higher education.

Teaching staff. High-quality training is provided by the experienced teaching staff including two Professors, four Associate Professors, one People’s Artist of the USSR, one laureate of the National Award of the USSR, one laureate of the National Award of the RF, one Honored Art Worker of the RF.

Facilities and resources. The Academy has all the necessary training facilities and resources to ensure high quality of the educational process: computer classes, the library and record library collections that are regularly replenished, and a reading hall with internet access.

Education. Academic activity is maintained at a high level due to creative and concert performance activities. Students regularly attend concerts of modern proficient performers, master classes of well-known conductors, participate in all-Russian and international competitions.

The teaching staff members use student-centered and practice-oriented approaches, give creative interactive classes.

Students undertake teaching (at Gnesins State College of Music), professional (in orchestras, ensembles, bands), concert and educational, and pre-graduation internships, participate in research and practice conferences, seminars devoted to art of conducting, art history, music pedagogy, and performance.

Strategic partners. The Speransky Opera Studio Theater, the Tchaikovsky Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber group of the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Symphony Orchestra of the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Center, the Symphony Orchestra of the Orpheus radio station, the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra of Cinematography, the Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra, symphony orchestras of Ulyanovsk and Lipetsk, the Symphony Orchestra of the Omsk Philharmonic, the Krasnodar Chamber Orchestra, the City Orchestra, symphony orchestras of Astana and Bishkek, the Creativa Camerata Orchestra, the Welsh Symphony Orchestra.

Assistance and support for foreign students and teachers. International students and teaching staff are supported by the Dean’s Office for International Students and the Department of International Relations and Creative Projects.

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