Faculty Faculty of Music History, Theory and Composition
Department Department of Composition
Available degrees Specialist (BA+MA equivalent) degree – 5 years full-time study, 300 ECTS.  Assistantship – 2 years full-time study, 132 ECTS.
Curriculum and skills obtained Curriculum and skills obtained

Achievements and awards. Most students are laureates of prestigious international and all-Russian competitions (the Antonín Dvořák International Competition of Young Composers (Prague, Czech Republic), Renaissance (Armenia), Shabyt (Kazakhstan), Choral Laboratory. 21st Century, the International Alfred Schnittke Competition, etc.), the winners of various grant competitions. Every year ten students are awarded the scholarship of the Union of Moscow Composers and the Ministry of Culture of the RF. Among alumni there are renowned composers such as V. Dashkevich, M. Tariverdiev, A. Zhurbin, Jorge López Marín (Cuba), O. Harris (Professor in Nashville, the USA), Li Zhao Xi (Wuhan University, China).

Teaching staff. All teaching staff members are active composers well-known in Russia and abroad (A. Larin is Professor Emeritus of Korea University in Seoul). Most of them are members of the Union of Composers of Russia, laureates of composition competitions. Among them there are People’s Artists of the RF, and Honored Art Workers of the RF.

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.

Education and opportunities for students.Many students participate in master classes, creative laboratories and projects including foreign ones, rehearse their compositions with the symphony orchestra of Gnesins Academy and with the orchestra of the Ministry of Defense of the RF, chamber ensembles and soloists and perform with them in the Academy’s concert halls. Graduates’ professional competencies allow them to work as teachers, actively cooperate with concert and theater ensembles, motion picture companies and music publishers.

Strategic partners. The department has numerous creative contacts abroad. The teachers give master classes, act as visiting professors at various educational institutions including KoreaUniversity (Seoul), the Regional Conservatory of Paris (CRR de Paris), EmoryUniversity (Atlanta, the USA), etc. The teachers of the department maintain long-term and close cooperation with Xavier Dulette, a conductor; Teo Aparicio Barberán, a composer and director; John Anthony Lennon, Professor of Emory University; Eric Nelson, a choir conductor, and others. The teachers participate in the jury of the Antonín Dvořák International Competition of Young Composers (Seoul– Prague), the international competition festival “Renaissance” (Armenia), the open all-Russian competitions “Choral Laboratory. XXI Century,” “Young Classics.”

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