The Sobinov Saratov State Conservatory
since 1912

  The Saratov State Conservatory named after an outstanding Russian tenor Leonid Sobinov educates and trains professional musicians and theatre artists. It was founded in 1912 and was the third in Russia - after the Conservatories in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

The 100th-anniversary celebration of its opening was full of great concerts and performances, characterized by a unique atmosphere of creativity. The video-film about the Conservatory was shot.

The Saratov Conservatory ranks among the oldest music schools in Russia. Among the Conservatory graduates, there are many renowned musicians, laureates of national and international competitions. They easily secure jobs in the best symphonic, philharmonic, opera orchestras, theatres, perform as soloists for the prestigious stages. Our graduates work as conductors, singers, pianists, organists, string and wind players, symphony and folk orchestra instruments performers, composers and musicologists. Quite a number of them are professors of the Conservatory who combine their teaching and performing activity.

The unique tradition coupled with contemporary approach and professional mastery has made the Saratov Conservatory an attractive educational institution for generations of students. Continuing the tradition of the Russian musical education, they work as teachers for music schools, academies and universities in Russia, Germany, USA, Canada, South Korea and other countries.

The conservatory maintains cooperation with the largest conservatories and music schools of Italy (the city of Trieste), Kazakhstan (the city of Astana), Belorussia (Minsk), the Ukraine (Kiev) and is actively involved in international research conferences and master classes both as an organizer and a participant.     

In the course of their studies students of the Saratov Conservatory perform at school concerts and productions, take part in a number of national and international competitions in which they often win major awards, making the steps in their artistic career. Some of them did a course of internship at the theatres abroad ( Monaco)  

The Saratov Conservatory has its own symphony, chamber and folk instruments orchestras, band, opera studio orchestra, Academic and Folk Choir, several ensembles as well as a theatre company. They get opportunities to acquire their first international experience touring over Europe. 

The library of the Saratov Conservatory holds a large amount of sheet music and books on music to be checked out by the Conservatory students. Scores, piano transcripts of operas, choir sheet music, music course books for particular instruments, chamber sheet music, etudes and the like are accessible there both in printed and electronic form. Besides, one can find a large number of audio recordings - vinyl records, cassettes, CDs and others. The library collections are being processed to gradually transfer the sheet music and records into Internet-based electronic system.

The Conservatory is located in the center of the city and is housed in a beautiful gothic-styled building that has become the label of the city of Saratov. The hostel is in the yard of the Conservatory.

There are three concert halls in the Conservatory: Large Hall, Small Hall, and Theatre Hall.
The Large Hall - with the 469- seat capacity - is one of the most beautiful concert halls in Russia with unique acoustics. Such great musicians as A. Scriabin, S. Prokofiev, V. Horowitz, J. Hofmann, F. Chaliapin, L. Sobinov, S. Rachmaninoff and many others enjoyed performing there. The Hall is equipped with the Organ of the German firm " SAUER" (set in 1984), 4 new grand pianos ("YAMAHA",  "BLUTHNER", 2  pianos of  the firm " STEINWAY") The Hall has an orchestra and  balcony  and  is air-conditioned.

Faculties, Chairs and Institutes

Theoretical-performing Faculty

Dean - Prof. Sergey I. Nesterov

  • Chair of Academic Singing
  • Chair of Humanities and Physical education
  • Chair of History and Theory of Performing Art and Musical Pedagogic
  • Chair of Music History
  • Chair of Folk Singing and Ethnomusicololgy
  • Chair of Folk Instruments
  • Chair of Music Theory and Composition

Performing Faculty

Dean - Assistant Olga Ju. Kijowski
  • Chair of Choir Conducting
  • Chair of Chamber Ensemble and Concertmaster's Training
  • Chair of Wind and Percussion Instruments
  • Chair of String Instruments
  • Chair of Special Piano
  • Chair of Common Piano

Theatre Institute
Director - Natalia P. Goryunova

Faculty of Secondary Professional Education
Dean - Ekaterina N. Sinyavskaya

Faculty of Post-Graduate Studies
Dean - Assistant Prof. Julia G. Filippova

Musical School for Gifted Children
Director - Nadezhda I. Tormozova


Programs for foreign students
Preliminary Course (1 year)
  • Specialty
  • The Russian Language
  • Sol Fa
  • Harmony
Bachelor Degree Programs
1. Instrumental Performance
  • Piano
  • Organ
  • Orchestral string instruments
  • Orchestral wind and percussion instruments
  • Folk instruments

2. Academic singing

3. Conducting
  • Choir conducting
  • Orchestral conducting
Master Degree Programs
1. Instrumental Performance
  • Piano
  • Organ
  • Orchestral string instruments
  • Orchestral wind and percussion instruments
  • Folk instruments
2. Academic singing

3. Conducting
  • Choir conducting
  • Orchestral conducting

Specialist Degree Programs
Theatre Performance
  • Actors of Drama and Cinema
  • Actors of Musical Theatre
  • Actors of Puppet Theatre