How to apply for a Bachelor’s degree

Deadlines applied to all applicants

8 – 25 July 2022

Extra deadline applied to international students 

24 – 29 August 2022

Entry Requirements 

  • General musical training. In addition to your general music training you may go for 10 – month Preparatory course at the conservatoire. 
  • Diploma of complete secondary education  
  • The minimum age of study is 18 by August 30 in the year of joining the conservatoire. There is no upper age limit for applicants.
  • Knowledge of Russian at the Pre-Intermediate level is required - Test of Russian as a Foreign language. It is recommended to start your Russian language classes at least a year before you apply.  You may also go for 10-month Russian Language Preparatory course  at the conservatoire. 

Application documents   

  • Video recording of applicant's performance (2 or 3 pieces in avi/ mp4/ fvl format) for preliminary presentation
  • A copy of passport (clear scan of the two-page spread is required) 
  • Completed and signed Application Form (to be provided after a video audition) 
  • Photo in JPEG, PNG  (3x4) to be printed in 4 copies upon arrival
  • A copy of Diploma of complete secondary education including final transcript of grades/marks with apostille stamp / legalization and, if applicable, diploma from an accredited specialized music institution
  • Russian translation of the diploma and the transcript attested by the notary
  • Russian translation of the passport attested by the notary

Entrance examinations  

Entrance examinations requirements in Russian 

Russian language

  • Written test. Test of Russian as a foreign language. Basic level (A2)
  • Presenting a short report on one's choice of profession
  • Brief conversation on one of the everyday topics 

Ear Training  Shì chàng liàn ěr

The exam consists of 3 sections, each section is timed, and you will need to devote around three hours of uninterrupted time to complete the entire test.

  1. Writing an 8-bar melody including modulation in a closely related key and elements of the chromatic scale (to be done within 25 minutes, the recording will be repeated 8 times in person or online)

  2. Singing part (to be done in person or online)
    • identifying and singing all kinds of major and minor scales, seven-tone musical scales, pentatonic scales
    • identifying and singing diatonic and chromatic intervals, different kinds of triads with inversions
    • sight singing a melody including modulation in a closely related key
  3. Writing test (to be done independently within 45 minutes)
    • building major and minor scales, seven-tone scales, pentatonic scales, chromatic scales starting from a certain note
    • building diatonic and chromatic intervals starting from a certain note; building triads, diminished and augmented triads, dominant and diminished seventh chords with inversions.
    • identifying diminished and augmented intervals and what natural or harmonic scales they belong to; identifying triads, diminished and augmented triads, dominant and diminished seventh chords with inversions and what natural or harmonic scales they belong to
    • building chord progression in a certain key 
    • transposing of a melody into another key, dividing into bars and composing the rhythm


53.03.02 Instrumental Performance – Piano 

  • a prelude and fugue (Bach, Shostakovich, Hindemith, Slonimsky, Shchedrin or other) 
  • part of a classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)
  • a technically-demanding etude
  • a free form music composition (Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky or other) 

53.03.02 Instrumental Performance – Strings


  • two etudes or caprice (for example by Jakob Dont Op.35, Pierre Gaviniès,  Niccolò Paganini, Charles Dancla, Veniamin Sher)
  • two movements (fast and slow) from a sonata or partita for violin solo by Bach;
  • 1st, or 2nd and 3rd movements from a concerto (for example by W.A. Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Henri  Vieuxtemps,   Camille Saint-Saëns, Henryk Wieniawski, Aram Khachaturian, Sergei Prokofiev)
  • a 3-octave or a 4-octave scale with all kinds of arpeggios and double-stops.

53.03.02 Instrumental Performance – Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

53.03.02 Instrumental Performance – Folk Instruments 

53.03.03 Vocal Performance –  Academic singing

  • a classic aria by Russian composer or by Western European composer
  • a romance
  • a folk song

53.03.05 Conducting  –  Choral Conducting  

Video recording requirements 

The full programme according to the study program requirements must be recorded in the video. Each movement/piece in the video recording must be unedited, but you may cut in between movements/pieces.  The recordings may have been done over time and in different places.

The video(s) must be marked with the date(s) of recording and the name of the performer. 

The video(s) must be submitted through Youtube or a similar platform. The video link(s) must be open and not encrypted or password protected. They must be available for the full admission period, until 30 August 2021.


Anna Efimova
International Admissions Adviser

Vitaly Gaidotin 
Head of Admissions

Viktoriya Yanis
Authorized person to deal with the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation on visa issues