Conducting (Bachelor's program) in Gnesins Russian Academy of Music

Bachelor’s program (majors: Wind Orchestra Conducting; Russian Folk Orchestra Conducting)

Faculty of Conducting,

Department of Orchestral Conducting

for Music Performers






Boris S. VORON,

Head of the Department

Tel. + 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).

Most students are laureates of prestigious all-Russian and international competitions (e.g. the St. Petersburg Open Competition in Art of Conducting as part of the 3rd International Eurasian Festival The Silk Road: a Dialogue of Cultures (the category of Russian Folk Orchestra Conducting).

Teaching staff. High-quality training is provided by the experienced teaching staff including five Professors, six Associate Professors, three PhDs, three Honored Artists of the RF, one Honored Art Worker of the RF, one Honored Worker of Higher Professional Education 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 outstanding 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 and educational performance internships, participate in interuniversity student research conferences, publications being mandatory in conference proceedings.

Research. The department actively carries out research on conducting pedagogy and performance (Professors V. Chistiakov, O. Tarasov).

Strategic partners. The Yurlov Russian State Choir, the Bolshoi Theater of Russia, the Helikon-Opera Moscow Musical Theater, the Kolobov Novaya Opera Moscow Theater, the Speransky Opera Studio Theater, the Tchaikovsky Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, the Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Nekrasov Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra, the Osipov National Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra, the Russian Weaves State Orchestra of Soloists, etc.

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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