Sound Engineering in Gnesins Russian Academy of Music

Specialist’s (5-year) program (Sound Engineering specialization)

Faculty of Modern Music Industry,

Department of Sound Engineering






Tamara L. BRIL,

Head of the Department

Tel. +7 495 691-65-68


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).

  • The 16th all-Russian Viktor Babushkin Student Sound Engineering Competition (2018): three first places in the Pop Music category and the third place in the Classical Music category.
  • The Art of Sound International Sound Engineering Festival in Kazan: laureate certificates of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes in the Classical Music; Non-Classical Music; Media Sound categories.
  • The International Student Sound Engineering Competition in Milan: the silver medal in the Traditional Studio Recording category.

Teaching staff. High-quality training is provided by the proficient teaching staff who are practicing sound directors with long-term work experience (they constantly release CD disks, broadcast events, carry out sound amplification of concerts in Russia and abroad).

Facilities and resources. The department has a training studio with state-of-the-art equipment which creates a unique environment for in-house work placement.

Education. Students have an ample opportunity to successfully enter their profession during their studies due to eventful concert and performing and musical and educational activities. Graduates are employed at all leading venues of Moscow (the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Moscow Philharmonic Society, the Bolshoi Theater, the Stanislavsky Electrotheater, Moscow Theater of Musical, the State Theater of Nations, Graz Opera House (Austria), the Pavel Slobodkin Center, the Russia-Culture TV channel), collaborate with sound recording firms such as Melody, Pan Classics, Brilliant Classics, Fancy Music, Naxos, etc.

Strategic partners. Students undertake internships under the agreement with the Cinelab Sound Mix studio complex. For over 10 years students and teachers have been participating in conventions and educational programs of Audio Engineering Society, the world organization of sound engineers. In 2014 Gnesins Academy collaborated with AES to hold the 4th Central European Student Summit CESS 2014 Moscow which provides annual cycles of master classes Gnesin Sound Workshops for students from Russia and Europe.

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.