Have you ever been interested in pursuing a degree in music? If yes, you should certainly consider the Tbilisi State Conservatoire – a renowned musical education institution and a home to many prominent musicians.

Founded in 1917, the Tbilisi State Conservatoire is the first higher education institution in Georgia, also it was the only high education establishment for music of European type in the whole Caucasus region for years. It all started in 1891 with a charity concert in Tbilisi, which was led by famous Russian pianist Anton Rubinstein. This event was held to raise money to build a musical institution. The institution received the official designation of a state conservatoire in 1924. In 1947, it was named after famous opera singer Vano Sarajishvili.

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Among the first teachers of the Conservatoire were students of Franz Liszt, Antoine François Marmontel, Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The higher education establishment was home to many prominent Georgian composers like Andria Balanchivadze, Rezo Laghidze, Bidzina Kvernadze, Giya Kancheli, conductors Djansug Kakhidze and Vakhtang Machavariani. Also, the Conservatoire has many successful graduates who perform in the different part of the world: Elisso Virsaladze, Rudolf Kehrer, Lev Vlasenko, Alexander Korsantia, Paata Burchuladze, Dmitri Bashkirov, Nino Surguladze to name a few.

Nowadays Tbilisi State Conservatoire is one of the main cultural and educational centers in Georgia. Not only it gives an education to many students, but it also hosts numerous music forums, competitions, international symposiums and scientific conferences, and of course, concerts. It is a major center of scientific research in music art in Georgia and has its own electronic magazine as well.  Its audio library is equipped with modern recording studios. It has also a museum which presents objects of Georgian music culture.

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Tbilisi State Conservatoire is a member of the AEC (European Association of Conservatories). The conservatoire has joined the Bologna Process with its credit system several years ago. Compared to some big institutions, Tbilisi Conservatoire’s enrollment range is not big – close to 400 students. Despite this fact, Tbilisi State Conservatoire offers a good range of courses and programs. Here you can get bachelor and master degrees in various fields. The conservatoire also provides opportunity to enroll in intense and preparatory courses as well.

Tbilisi State Conservatoire welcomes scholars from all over the world. You can get your bachelor/master degree in following fields: piano, orchestral string, percussion, academic singing, choir conducting (performing faculty), also composition and music theory (music theory faculty). Those studying to earn a bachelor’s degree should expect to pay 4,000 EUR per year, and for a master’s degree – 5,000 EUR. The conservatoire also offers a Georgian folk music module (tuition fee is 3,000 USD) that lasts for 10 months and teaches theoretical and practical course of Georgian folk music to foreign citizens. The conservatoire does not offer PhD programs for international students.

The conservatoire is the member of the Erasmus family since 2015 and cooperates with many institutions and academies in Europe. Its language policy is very flexible for international students – most of the programs are taught in English, German and Russian languages.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Conservatoire is one of the finest concert venues for classical music in Georgia and a wonderful place to hear performances of classical music whilst on your vacation in Tbilisi. The venue which was recently renovated in celebration of its 100th anniversary, previously hosted concerts by well-known artists including pianists Vladimir Horowitz, Emil Gilels and Svyatoslav Richter, a violinist David Oistrakh and others.

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For those who want to get some basic music education, there are many musical schools in the capital of Georgia. The conservatoire itself has the music seminary outside its walls which offers eleven year study course. Its aim is to find young talents and prepare them for the future higher education, so some particular subjects are taught by professors from Conservatoire. Seminary has several directions, including piano, orchestral string, orchestral woodwind and percussion.