The Prague Conservatoire

The Prague Conservatoire, Na Rejdisti 1, 110 00 Prague 1
phone: +420 222 327 206, +420 222 321 833, fax: +420 222 326 406, e-mail: conserv@prgcons.cz
Founder of the school: The Capital city of Prague, Marianske sq. 2, Prague 1

Conservatory Today

The Prague Conservatory educates and trains professional musical and theatrical artists. It has a number of departments of individual instruments and studies whose heads have far-reaching prerogatives and responsibilities. Operations support is provided by a number of administration and technical personnel. The essential requirement for enrolment at the Prague Conservatory is the completion of basic education. As to the upper age limit, it is set individually depending on the subject of studies. Applicants must pass stringent entrance examinations, often held in several elimination rounds, show talent for the selected subject, overall musical talent as well as physical and psychological dispositions for their selected subject. The studies are terminated with a final examination usually including a public performance by the graduate. After a successful final examination, graduates are awarded a diploma recognised world-wide as proof of professional qualification.

During their studies, students of the Prague Conservatory perform at school concerts and productions, record for radio and television and take part in a number of domestic and international competitions in which they often win major awards, the first steps in their artistic careers. They have opportunities to acquire their first international experience during the tours of the Conservatory orchestras and chamber ensembles all over the Europe. Moreover, the outstanding teachers from abroad are invited to give masterclasses and seminars. The programmes of studies are thus enriched significantly. After leaving school, graduates of the Prague Conservatory can either start their professional performing or teaching career or continue with further studies at the Academy of Performing Arts. In the current academic year there are some 550 Czech and 40 foreign students at the Prague Conservatory.

The Prague Conservatory has its own symphonic and chamber orchestras, several chamber music ensembles as well as a theatre company. Annualy about 250 concerts (chamber, graduate, orchestral) are performed and 40 dramatic performances put on stage. The school is housed in three locations in the centre of the city. It is characterised by a unique atmosphere of creativity, enhanced by the rich musical life of the Czech capital, Prague, the city of Smetana, Dvořák, Janáček and Martinů, and the venue of the annual Prague Spring Music Festival. The school is located next to the Rudolphinum, the Neo-Renaissance home of the Czech Philharmonic. Further upstream is the monumental building of the National Theatre. Students at the Prague Conservatory thus spend six years in a major cultural centre offering ample opportunities to see and hear world's top musical stars and other leading artists. The Conservatory graduates often join the Czech Philharmonic, the National Theatre, the State Opera, the Prague Symphonic or the Radio Symphonic Orchestra. The unique tradition coupled with contemporary approach and professional qualification of the faculty have made the Prague Conservatory an attractive school for generations of students.