Instrumental Performance (Master's program) in Gnesins Russian Academy of Music

Master’s program (Bayan, Accordion and Fretted String Instruments major)

Faculty of Folk Instruments,

Department of Bayan and Accordion






Friedrich R. LIPS,

Head of the Department

Tel. + 7 495 691-27-89


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, 2014).

Most students are laureates of prestigious all-Russian and international bayan and accordion competitions. Graduates are members of recognized Russian orchestras and ensembles, concert and philharmonic and scientific methodological associations, teach at music education institutions of all levels and direct on-stage performance groups in Russia and abroad.

Teaching staff. The department employs world-famous musicians, leading specialists in the field of bayan and accordion performance. The teaching staff includes eight Professors, five Associate Professors, one Assistant Professor, two People’s Artists of the RF, one Honored Artist of the RF, two Honored Art Workers of the RF, one Honored Cultural Worker of the RF, one Doctor of Arts, three PhDs in History of Art. The department is headed by F. Lips, People’s Artist of the RF, Professor, a laureate of the Moscow Art Award, Professor Emeritus of the Royal Academy of Music in London, a visiting professor at Tianjin Conservatory of Music (China) and the Academy of Music in Pula (Croatia).

Facilities and resources. Specially equipped classrooms for individual and practical classes in special disciplines, the library and record library collections that are regularly replenished, eight concert halls fitted with state-of-the-art recording and video equipment that ensures high-quality recording of concerts.

Research. The department actively conducts research on bayan and accordion teaching and performance.

Education. The teachers use student-centered and practice-oriented approaches, give creative interactive classes.

Strategic partners. The Osipov National Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments, the Nekrasov Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra, the Rossiya State Russian Folk Ensemble named after Ludmila Zykina, the Orchestra of the Pyatnitsky Russian Folk Choir, the Orchestra of the Igor Moiseyev State Academic Ensemble of Folk Dance, the Boyan Russian State Concert Orchestra, the Song and Dance Ensemble of the National Guard of the RF, the Alexandrov Song and Dance Ensemble of the Russian Army, 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.