Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire is a public music conservatoire that has around 100 faculty members and provides undergraduate and postgraduate training in music to its 600 students. It has two associated orchestras and a choir: Petrozavodsk Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, Petrozavodsk Conservatoire Folk Instruments Orchestra and Petrozavodsk Conservatoire Academic Choir.
Petrozavodsk Conservatoire was founded in 1967 as a branch of the oldest in Russia Saint-Petersburg Conservatory and became an independent institution in 1991. In 2013 it was named after the Russian composer Alexander Glazunov, former director of Saint-Petersburg Conservatory. Within the 55 years of experience in music education the Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire has trained many talented classical music performers and vocalists such as 2007 Tchaikovsky Competition Third Prize winner Alexander Lubyantsev (piano), 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition First Prize winner Yulia Matochkina (soprano) and other laureates of All-Russian and international contests. Its alumni have become successful solo performers, orchestra members, music teachers in both Russia and abroad.
At present Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in piano, all orchestral instruments, vocal arts, choral conducting, composition, theory of music, music history and traditional music. All principal studies are delivered through a combination of one-to-one tuition complemented by performance classes, workshops, masterclasses, ensemble activities, seminars and lecture series according to the approved study plans. Students enjoy a variety of performance opportunities including orchestral and choral projects, chamber music and solo opportunities, performance in jazz and classical ensembles. Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire has cooperation agreements, exchange programs and on-going music projects with universities and music institutes in Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, Finland, Norway, Italy and the US.
Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire resides in the center of the city of Petrozavodsk in the renovated building with the recent extension of the 400-seat concert hall designed for classical music festivals, concerts of symphonic music and chamber music. In addition, the Conservatoire contains the 60-seat Recital Hall and the 40-seat Opera Studio as well as rehearsal spaces for orchestras and ensembles, practice rooms and space for one-to-one and group teaching. The dormitory of the Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire is available for all international students and is located within a 10-minute walking distance from the Conservatoire. Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire annually holds a number of music competitions including international contests: Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists, "Silver Sounds" Contest for Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion, Folk Instruments Performers Competition "The Cup of the North" named after Albin Repnikov, Alexander Glazunov Youth Music Competition etс.