The Athens Conservatoire, established in 1871, is the oldest and currently the leading educational institution for the performing arts in modern Greece. The institution has played a pivotal role in the advancement of music and drama studies in Greece, with renowned artists having been graduates or teachers of the institution throughout its history.
The “Athens Conservatoire” (greek: Odeion Athinon) is the oldest educational institution for the performing arts in modern Greece, founded as a non-profit organization in 1871. The institution played a significant role in the advancement of music studies in Greece since day one. Some of the most renowned Greek musical personalities internationally have graduated from the Athens Conservatoire including Spyros Samaras, Dimitiris Mitropoulos, Nikos Skalkottas, Maria Callas, Gina Bachauer, Alexandra Triantis, Mikis Theodorakis, Dimitris Sgouros, etc., as well as many members of the Athens State Orchestra, the National Theatre, the Athens Choir etc.
Meanwhile, the first Drama School in Greece, also founded in 1871, has had a pivotal role in the advancement of theatrical studies in the country and many prominent theatre personalities were included among its teaching staff, such as, Thomas Oikonomou, Emilios Veakis, Dimitris Rontiris, Kostas Mousouris, Dimitris Murat and others.
Today, apart from continuing to offer to its c.700 music students the full range of classical music studies, from the earliest stages to the concert diploma, the Athens Conservatoire is constantly expanding into new areas: the new Jazz Music Department, includes leading Greek jazz musicians among its teaching staff and has already gained significant momentum while various other specialized seminars in all disciplines continue to broaden its role in the contemporary musical scene.
The Drama School of the Athens Conservatoire, member of the World Theatre Education Alliance (WTEA) – Beijing, is included among the select few top drama schools in Greece, officially recognized by the Ministry of Culture. The school students and its staff regularly stage cutting edge performances and cooperate with leading drama schools abroad, like the Russian Academy of Theatrical Studies (GITIS).
The Athens Conservatoire School of Dance although established in the ‘00s, has been constantly expanding ever since and today features one of the few state-accredited Higher Professional Dance Schools in the country, complementing perfectly our portfolio of performing arts disciplines.
The Athens Conservatoire Centre for Research and Documentation, initially founded in 2015 to rescue from oblivion and decay the extensive Athens Conservatoire historical archives, thanks to private funding is currently developing an extensive collective editorial project for a History of Music in Contemporary Greece (to appear on the occasion of the AC’s 150th jubilee year in 2021). The centre participates and contributes to international fora like the IAML (International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres), organizes various exhibitions and publishes scientific papers and a magazine.
Finally, other major arts organizations like, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, the Onassis Cultural Centre et al., regularly invite us to participate in leading cultural events.
All our friends and visitors are welcome to visit our iconic building at the heart of downtown Athens and get to know the leading performing arts institute in Greece today.
What Athens does specifically within EEEMERGING+
In the framework of the EEEmerging+ programme the Athens Conservatoire is entitled to offer artistic residencies to selected ensembles along with coaching and specific training delivered by the specialised teaching staff of the Athens Conservatoire’s Centre of Early Music which offers new insights into historically informed performance to a growing number of students, in collaboration with international institutions such as the Haute École de Musique of Geneva and the Festival of Ambronay in France.