Yerevan Conservatory has been the inseparable companion of two influential time periods which have fatal importance to Armenia.


The first, which had been run since 1920, the year of establishment of Soviet rules in Armenia, was gone under the banner of the 70-year-old cooperation with other Soviet Union countries in USSR.


The second, which is historically linked to the 1991 USSR devastation and the formation of the CIS, has been gone under the banner of national and governmental self-determination and the proclamation of the Republic of Armenia.


Despite the global turmoil of this period, the development of united path is visible in the Conservatory’s activities, which is the fervent construction of Armenian specialized culture.


In 1921 Yerevan Conservatory (initially, studio) was literally born on an empty land in Armenia, which had just risen from the ashes, which was isolated from world’s cultural process for several hundred years because of the consequences of its tragic historical events. Because of the lack of professional musicians in the state, the activities of the conservatory were carried out by the experts invited from abroad.


In Armenia, which had finally gained long-awaited independence, newly formed conservatory was destined to become the only focus of musical professionalism and to take responsibility for everything, first of all, for making a revolution in the consciousness of reality, firmly guided by the European model of cultural development.


 Overall, as time has shown, European tradition has been exceptionally favorable for the development of Armenian culture with its polyphony, diversity of tools, abundance of genres, with concert life stabilized forms, musical educational systems.


The elimination of centuries-old cultural isolation consequences was carried out in an incredibly short period of time, in a swift and uneven way, absorbing and assimilating world-wide cultural achievements.


The role of conservatory in this process was much more significant than its founders could have imagined in their most tumultuous romantic notions. Soon pedagogues and their students (literally from the student's desk) were involved in the purposeful development of musical life.


In a year after the creation of the studio Armenia already had permanent academic choir and string quartet of pedagogues, in four years we had student symphony orchestra with the participation of professors, in six years an opera class, in eleven years an opera house (conservatory on the basis of all). Today primary and predominant role in the recruitment process of performing groups of Armenia belongs to YSC.


In its very first stage conservatory declared itself as the heir of the accumulated wealth of centuries-old history of the Armenians. The priceless wealth of folk songs and instrumental music, minstrels and troubadours' art, spiritual specialized music, first significant composers' compositions (from Tchukhadzyan and Komitas to Spendiaryan, Armen Tigranyan and Romanos Meliqyan) were divided and scattered across the world during Conservatory’s establishment, because of historical reasons. Therefore, it was not perceived as a complete layer of national culture. Komitas’ educational activities were forcibly interrupted.


On Conservatory's fragile shoulders fell not only the responsibility of discovering spiritual values, concentrating them in the native land, studying and implementing them for the Armenians, but also the responsibility of making them public.


Today conservatory and the institutions created on its basis implement that gratifying labour.


The Conservatory has its invaluable role in the preparation of national, musical professional cadres, performers, composers, musicologists, musical groups' leaders, organizers of cultural life in the state.


Due to Conservatory the European performing art of musical instruments and opera, symphonic and chamber-ensemble music genres, which were unknown to us, have been imported into Armenia.


Conservatory has stimulated the creation of branchy musical and methodological network in the state. Acting as a builder of Armenia's musical life and musical culture, Conservatory strengthened and improved itself by finding more optimal ways to lead and creatively enrich the learning process.


Starting with the period where conservatory had been a modest studio, in 1950s it took its worthy position among the leading universities of the Soviet Union.


Armenia remembers the multilateral assistance of Moscow and Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Conservatories with gratitude and is proud of its friendly relationships with the CIS countries' Conservatories.


Today, expanding its ties to the West and the East, the Conservatory follows the path of integration into global musical educational system. Today Armenia, whose representatives have become the first place laureates in international competitions and worldwide festivals and are "Grand Prix" winners, has its own competition system.


In world community Yerevan State Conservatory presents itself as an individual structure, as an Armenian national musical university with its own handwriting which solves unique creative problems related to Armenian culture.


In the Conservatory’s activities a special place is given to the connections with foreign Armenian population centers and to Armenian Diaspora.


Nowadays a unique "energy field" is formed around the conservatory and performance, research institutions grown on its basis. The “field” actively affects all the spheres which are connected to Armenian folk and professional musical assimilation.


The Conservatory considers the education of respectful attitude towards national traditions, thorough study of national roots and, after all, the conscious of being the bearer of national culture among the students as the most important problem for itself.


The secret of YSC’s success is the 90-year-old work of its talented staff which was originated in 1991 under the modest status of a musical studio with 6 staff members (that number has risen for a hundred times).
The staff has been constantly led by its rectors, who have been well-aware of its history. They have foreseen the future imagining a better conservatory.


It is obvious that YSC has passed only a part of its path now. But it is important to mention that the path is acknowledged, is meaningful, and the future perspectives are clearly destined.