Peter the Great Music Academy was founded in St. Petersburg by maestro Mats Liljefors (PGMA Founder & President, Artistic Director of Royal Palace Music Festival in Sweden and Professor at Minnesota University) in 1997 as an institute where young conductors from around the world would learn, advance, and perfect their conducting skills through working with some of the world's best contemporary conductors. The traditions of Mravinsky at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Kirov Theatre, the teaching legacy of Ilya Musin at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (mentor of both Yuri Temirkanov and Valery Gergiev) contribute to make this Academy the center of orchestral conducting instruction in the world.

One of the most distinctive advantages of the master classes organized by the Academy is the fact that all participants have an opportunity to work with and conduct highly professional orchestras in the renowned Bolosselsky-Belozersky Palace (the City Cultural Center), the Hermitage Theatre, and other venues. Every master class always demands that each participant is able to digest the teaching methods thought by the Conservatory and its great teachers.

The Academy also arranges concerts in Russia, Ukraine and other countries for conductors who want to gain further experience through working with professional orchestras. Many conductors have, in this way, advanced their skills, built their professional resumes, and obtained positions with professional orchestras in their own countries, thanks to the experiences that they acquired here.

2007 marked the 10th Anniversary of Peter the Great Music Academy, as well as the launch of this website. We hope that our presence on the internet will contribute to the expansion of our international master class and to its continued success!

We hope that you will join us this year!

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St. Petersburg

Some words about St. Petersburg, Russia, where our master classes are held

The grandeur of St. Petersburg is breathtaking. Often called the Venice of the North, rivers and canals intermingle with spectacular architecture, magnificent museums and ornate palaces. Home of the world famous Hermitage Museum which holds nearly three million art and artefact exhibits, St. Petersburg will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

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"I had a wonderful time in Russia. I especially enjoyed the concert and the DVD came out great. Thank you for all your hard work."

David M. Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Music Director of Instrumental Studies Palm Beach Atlantic University

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