Master’s degree

Deadlines applied to all applicants

8 – 25 July 2023

Extra deadline applied to international students 

24 – 29 August 2023

Entrance examinations schedule 2022 for international students 

Entry Requirements 

  • Diploma of Bachelor’s degree in music. You may also go for 10 – month Preparatory course at the conservatoire or request for individual music lessons. 
  • Knowledge of Russian at the Intermediate level is required. 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) 
  • 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 Bachelor’s degree including final transcript of grades/marks with apostille stamp / legalization
  • 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. The First Certificate Level (B1)
  • Presenting a short report on one's choice of profession
  • Brief conversation on music history (biography and works of the authors whose works were performed in the audition program)


53.04.01 Instrumental Arts – Piano 

  • a prelude and fugue (Bach, Shostakovich, Hindemith, Slonimsky, Shchedrin or other) 
  • a classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)
  • a free form music composition by a composer of the 19th – 20th centuries

53.04.01 Instrumental Arts – Strings 

  • an etude or a caprice 
  • polyphonic piece for violin solo 
  • 1st, or 2nd and 3rd movements from a concerto, e.g. 
J.S. Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo. Partite No. 2. Chaconne 
Bela Bartok Sonata for violin solo  
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber Chaconne for violin solo 
Max Reger Six Preludes and Fugues for Solo Violin, Op. 131a
Bela Bartok Concerto No. 1 or Concerto No. 2
Samuel Barber Concerto Op. 14   
Beethoven Concerto in D major Op. 61 
Johannes Brahms Concerto in Op. 77 
Alexander Glazunov Concerto Op. 82 
W.A. Mozart Concerto No. 3 KV216 or Concerto No. 4 KV218 or Concerto No. 5 KV219 
Felix Mendelssohn Concerto Op. 64 
Niccolo Paganini Concerto No. 1 Op. 6 or Concerto No. 2 Op. 7 
P.I. Tchaikovsky Concerto Op. 35 
Camille Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 3 op.61 
Henri Vieuxtemps Concerto No.5 in A minor Op. 37 
Henryk Wieniawski Concerto No. 1 Op. 14  
  • an etude or a caprice for viola solo, e.g.
Bartolomeo Campagnoli 41 Caprices for viola Op. 22 (starting from No. 30 to No. 41)
Johannes Palaschko 20 Etudes for viola Op. 36, 10 Concert Etudes for viola Op. 44

  • polyphonic piece for violin solo, e.g.
J.S. Bach Six Suites for Violoncello solo (arr. for viola solo)
Max Reger Three Suites for viola solo 

  • 1st, or 2nd and 3rd movements from a concerto or sonata, e.g. 
J.S. Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo (arr. for viola solo)
Paul Hindemith Sonata for viola solo Op. 25 No. 1, No. 5

  • polyphonic piece for cello solo, e.g. J.S. Bach Cello Suite (3 movements)
  • 1st, or 2nd and 3rd movements from a concerto
Double Bass 
  • two etudes (one technically-demanding, one lyrical)
  • 1st, or 2nd and 3rd movements from a concerto or a sonata, e.g. Joseph Storch, Franz Simandl, Vaclav Pichl, Benedetto Marcello, Attilio Ariosti, Arcangelo Corelli
  • any work 
  • an etude, e.g. Wilhelm Posse, Albert Zabel 
  • 1st, or 2nd and 3rd movements from a concerto
  • any work 

53.04.01 Instrumental Arts – Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion


  • a concerto or sonata (one or two movements)
  • a virtuoso piece

e.g.  Mozart Flute Concerto in G major, Franz Doppler Fantaisie Valash, Jacques Ibert Flute Concerto, Theobald Boehm Grand Polonaise, Eugène Bozza Image for Solo Flute, Frank Martin Ballade, Arthur Honegger La Danse de la Chèvre 


  • a concerto or sonata (one or two movements)
  • a virtuoso piece

e.g. Mozart Oboe Concerto in C major, Frigyes Hidas Oboe Concerto, Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda Concertino, Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto, Benjamin Britten Six Metamorphoses after Ovid (2 or 3 pieces at performer’s choice), Henri Tomasi Danse Agreste, Rimsky-Korsakov Flight of the Bumblebee


  • a concerto or sonata (one or two movements)
  • a virtuoso piece

e.g. Mozart Concerto in A major, J.G.H. Mann Clarinet Concerto, Edison Denisov Sonata for Clarinet Solo, Boris Tchaikovsky Clarinet Concerto, Alexander Goedicke Etude for clarinet and piano, Konstantin Mostras Etude for clarinet solo, Ivan Olenchik Caprice No 12, Caprice No 17, Henri Tomasi Sonatine Attique for Clarinet Solo 


  • a concerto or sonata (one or two movements)
  • a virtuoso piece

e.g. Mozart Concerto in B-flat major, J.N. Hummel Concerto, Weber Concerto, Henri Tomasi Concerto, Roger Boutry Interferences, Gabriel Grovlez Sicilienne et Allegro Giocoso, Alain Bernaud  


  • a concerto or sonata (one or two movements)
  • a virtuoso piece

e.g. Jacques Ibert Concertino, Henri Tomasi Concerto, Ida Gotkovsky Variations Pathétiques, François Borne Fantaisie brillante sur Carmen, Piet Swerts Klonos, Paul Creston Sonata 3rd movement 

French Horn

  • a concerto or sonata (one or two movements)
  • a virtuoso piece

e.g. Alexander Goedicke Horn Concerto, Arkadi Nesterov Horn Concerto, Mozart Horn Concerto No.4 in E-flat major, Jiří Pauer Horn Concerto, Paul Hindemith Horn Sonata 


  • a concerto or sonata (one or two movements)
  • a virtuoso piece

e.g. Haydn Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major, Alexander Goedicke Concerto Op. 41, Eino Tamberg Trumpet Concerto No. 1 Op. 42, Henri Tomasi Trumpet Concerto, André Jolivet Concertino for Trumpet   


  • a concerto or sonata (the complete work)

e.g. Albrechtsberger Trombone Concerto, Arkadi Nesterov Trombone Concerto, Reiche Trombone Concerto No. 2 in A major, Henri Tomasi Trombone Concerto, Grøndahl Trombone Concerto


  • a concerto or sonata (the complete work) 

e.g. Valery Strukow Concerto for tuba and orchestra, John Williams Concerto, Arkadi Nesterov Concerto, Jan Koetsier Concertino, Vladislav Kladnitsky Sonata for tuba and piano

Percussion Instruments

An applicant has to show profound skills in the performance on four instruments (snare drum, tympani, xylophone, glockenspiel) in accordance with the following requirements:

Snare drum

  • double stroke roll, speeding up and slowing down, performing different dynamic marks
  • steady and rhythmically accurate performance of both etudes and elementary orchestral part extracts  from Kalinik Kupinsky School of Percussion Playing: Nos. 1–40, Valentin Snegirev Nos. 1 – 12, Vasily Osadchuk Nos. 1 - 30
  • sight reading of rhythmic etudes containing syncopations and rests, as well as triplets, quintuplets, sextuplets and septuplets; ability to perform different dynamic marks


  • performance of single strokes in various rhythmic figures, moving from one drum to another, speeding up and slowing down
  • performance of tremolos in different dynamic marks
  • the tuning of all intervals within an octave, except for a tritone
  • etudes from Kalinik Kupinsky School of Percussion Playing No.20, Valentin Snegirev Etudes
  • sight reading of rhythmic combinations


  • all major and minor scales and arpeggios, both single strokes and tremolos
  • etudes by Valentin Snegirev or Morris Goldenberg 
  • either one large piece (a concerto movement) or two medium- and simple-structured virtuoso pieces
  • sight reading of brief musical extracts in a moderate tempo


  • one brief piece according to the applicant’s choice  

53.04.01 Instrumental Arts – Folk Instruments

53.04.02 Vocal Arts–  Academic singing

  • a classic aria by Russian composer 
  • a classic aria by Western European composer
  • a romance by Russian composer of the 19th century 
  • a romance by Western European composer of the 19th century
  • a romance by a composer of the 20th century or a folk song

53.04.04 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. 


Natalia Drobakha
International Cooperation and Foreign Student Support

Vitaly Gaidotin 
Head of Admissions

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