Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas (YSC) was founded in 1921, first as a music studio, and two years later it became a higher musical education institution.


This was the first musical university in Armenia, the creation of which had been necessary long before. There were all preconditions for establishing this kind of educational institution.


Armenians had prolific, diverse, national and spiritual art. Since the middle of 19th century national professional composer school has also been formed, which was represented by such prominent Armenian artists, as Komitas, T.  Chukhadzyan, Q. Kara-Murza, M. Yekmalyan, A. Tigranyan, Al. Spendiaryan and others. Their activities were mainly carried out outside Armenia (Constantinople, Tbilisi, Moscow, St. Petersburg). However, their efforts led to the creation of the first Armenian national opera (T. Chukhadzyan "Arshak II» - 1868), operetta, liturgy, symphonic works, classical ensembles, romances. Most of that prominent figures were eager to establish a National Conservatory. Komitas also developed educational programs for that system. Unfortunately, because of the unstable political situation in the region, the implementation was not possible.


The professional performing school was formed in the beginning of 20th century. It was represented by Russian and European conservatories' graduates such as violinist H. Nalbandyan (Petersburg Conservatory and the Berlin High School of Music), singer M. Akimova (St. Petersburg and Moscow conservatories), musicologist M. Aghayan (Petersburg and Moscow conservatories), singer A. Shahmuradyan (Paris Conservatory) and others.


The founder and the first director of Armenian conservatory became highly educated musician, composer and conductor Romanos Meliqyan, who had studied at St. Petersburg and Moscow conservatories. From the very beginning he managed to orientate the pedagogical staff in making highly qualified musicians. The first lecturing staff consisted of professional musicians who had studied at the best conservatories of Russia and Europe.  Among them were pianists A. Mnatsakanyan , I. Madatyan, Ye. Khosrovyan, Ye. Khankalamyan, violinists A. Gabrielyan, D. Soghomonyan, G. Mirza-Avagyan also A. Kotlyarevski and A. Avagyan (alt, violin and chamber ensemble), V. Shperling (wind instruments and orchestra) and others. They used the most advanced and modern teaching methods in their pedagogical work.


Next rectors of YSC, who were the prominent faces of Armenian musical culture, continued the traditions of Romanos Meliqyan. Among them were conductor K. Saradjev, musicologists A. Adamyan, S, Gasparyan, composers S. Meliqyan, A. Ter - Ghevondyan, D. Samvelyan,G. Yeghiazaryan, Gh. Saryan, E. Hovahannisyan, T. Mansuryan, A. Smbatyan and pianist S. Sarajyan. In 2011 professor, violinist Shahen Hakob Shahinyan was elected as the rector of YSC.


Today the teaching staff of Yerevan State Conservatory is replenished with the best musicians, composers, musicologists, performers. Most of them are worldwide famous artists. About 150 professors (4 of them are doctors of the Arts), docents, lecturers and assistants, many of whom are laureates of various international competitions. Many students of conservatory also received such an honorary title.


YSC is located in the city center, near the Opera and Ballet Theater and the Great Philharmonic Concert Hall, at Sayat-Nova 1a address.  The Conservatory has comfortable classrooms, halls (including 2 classrooms with organ and 12 classrooms with pianos), a library and a reading room, a voice library and a video library, a student council office, a music workshop, a first-aid post, a cafeteria and more.


The YSC Student Council is a self-governmental body, which includes all students of the Conservatory. The Council protects the students' interests and helps to solve social and household problems as well as organizes their leisure. Student Council also participates in financial aid for needy students, in full or partial discount of tuition, presents the students who can receive scholarships, etc. By Selective basis, students provide their deputy in the Governing Council, Academic Council, Rectorate.


YSC has a student symphony orchestra, chamber and folk instruments' orchestras, various choirs, chamber ensembles, etc.


The Opera Studio is situated in one of the YSC’s buildings, which is named after Gh. Saryan. It has its own symphony orchestra and choir. Opera performances are staged in the Great hall (273 seats) with the participation of the students and pedagogues.


The Conservatory has also small music halls. They are constructed for academical evenings, solo, class, faculty and jubilee concerts, as well as for Student Scientific Society’s (SSS) annual sessions and students’ meetings.


Regularly the greatest musicians from different countries of the world conduct master class in these halls.


Currently more than 1.000 students study in various faculties of YSC: more than 120 of them are foreigners.


YSC Foreign Students’ Department has started its activities since 1950s. Students from ex-Soviet Union and neighbor countries (Russia, the Ukraine, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Estonia, Abkhazia, Iran) as well as from China, Japan, Vietnam, Mongolia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Algeria, Ethiopia, Egypt and Oman has studied here in different periods of conservatory’s activities.


YSC authority stimulates young European musicians, who come to get higher education in Armenia from France, the United Kingdom, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Greece and Cyprus as well as from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Columbia, Uruguay.


A lot of YSC foreign graduates have had grand investments in the creative, performing, scientific and pedagogical spheres of their countries. Most of the Asian and African musicians became the authors of the first national operas, symphonies, musical theoretical textbooks and manuals in their countries.


While studying music at Conservatory foreign students also get acquainted with Armenia: one of the oldest countries of the world, with its ancient culture, capital Yerevan, which was founded in 782 B.C. and is 29 years older than Rome, they also learn the Armenian language and our alphabet. Yerevan State Conservatory is one of the most important spiritual and cultural centers of our ancient country.  Romain Rolland compared Armenia with Italy. American artist Rockwell Keit, an American artist, said:” If I were asked where on the planet one can meet more miracles, I would have undoubtedly called Armenia first.”


Welcome to Yerevan. Welcome to Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas.