The history of the Rachmaninoff Conservatoire

100 years of history, teaching and musical discovery

From its very beginnings, the Serge Rachmaninoff Conservatoire has also offered its students and Parisian society artistic encounters with exceptional artists: Vladimir Horowitz, Nathan Milstein, Gregor Piatigorsky and Alexander Borovsky, to name but a few. The Rachmaninoff Conservatoire was recognised as a public institution in 1983.


Created by former teachers at Russia's imperial conservatories

Le Serge Rachmaninoff Conservatory was created by former Imperial Conservatories of Russiaemigrated to Paris.

These include Serge Rachmaninoffthe singer Fedor Shalyapincomposers Alexander Glazunov and Alexander Gretchaninov. In 1931, he moved into the private mansion at 26 avenue de New York, owned by Charles Jourdana music lover with a passion for Russian culture. Famous artists succeeded one another as administrators of the Conservatory (Nicolas Tcherepnine, composers Pavel Kovalev and Arkadj Ougritchitch, Trebinsky, etc) and as teachers. The Conservatoire's first teachers included Serge Rachmaninoff of course, but also the musicians Fédor Chaliapine, Nicolas Tcherepnine, Eugène Gounst, Nicolas Kedroff (senior), even Serge Prokoviev and many others...

Within the school, the attention given to all pupils is aimed at transmitting the Russian school tradition of learning to enable them to become accomplished musicians and become interpreters of very high calibrewhile preserving emotion and pleasure.


Taking over the management of the conservatoire

Arnaud Frilley took over as director of the conservatoire, surrounded himself new team and carried out the complete renovation of the historic site, which is today property of the City of ParisThe aim is to provide students with optimum learning conditions and audiences with exceptional new artistic encounters.


centenary of the founding of the conservatoire

Le Rachmaninoff Conservatory celebrates centenary of its foundation under the patronage of Emmanuel MACRON, President of the French Republic, as well as the centenary of the illustrious composer's birth and performer which gave it its name.
It is embarking on a new chapter in its history, pursuing the major directions that have been part of its DNA since it was founded and initiating ambitious projects that reflect contemporary social issues.

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