Peter the Great Music Academy was founded in St. Petersburg in 1997 as an institute where young conductors from around the world would learn, advance, and perfect their conducting skills through working with some of the world's best contemporary conductors. The traditions of Mravinsky at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Kirov Theatre, the teaching legacy of Ilya Musin at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (mentor of both Yuri Temirkanov and Valery Gergiev) contribute to make this Academy the center of orchestral conducting instruction in the world.

One of the most distinctive advantages of the master classes organized by the Academy is the fact that all participants have an opportunity to work with and conduct highly professional orchestras. Every master class always demands that each participant is able to digest the teaching methods taught by the Conservatory and its great teachers.

The Academy also arranges concerts in Russia and other countries for conductors who want to gain further experience through working with professional orchestras. Many conductors have, in this way, advanced their skills, built their professional resumes, and obtained positions with professional orchestras in their own countries, thanks to the experiences that they acquired here.

We hope that our presence on the internet will contribute to the expansion of our international master class and to its continued success!

We hope that you will join us!

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"I had a wonderful time in Russia. I especially enjoyed the concert and the DVD came out great. Thank you for all your hard work."

David M. Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Music Director of Instrumental Studies Palm Beach Atlantic University

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