Harbin Conservatory of Music
Founded in March 2016, Harbin Conservatory of Music (HCOM) is the only academy of fine arts in Heilongjiang Province. It is located at 3139 Xuezi Street, in the Songbei District of Harbin, the “ City of Music,” an honorary title awarded to the city by the United Nations. The Conservatory has a unique atmosphere and an excellent eco-environment on the campus. It is housed in a major Russian-style architectural landmark, and its campus consists of the main building, large concert hall, library, museum, and an athletics building. The pairing of exquisite grandeur with practical functionality is typical of the HCOM’s spirit.
The HCOM has a distinct school management style designed to offer its students a high quality education. The conservatory takes advantage of its proximity to Russia and its rich cultural traditions of Russia, standards are pursued. By closely cooperating with Russian partners and pedagogues. Using advanced educational methods, hosting international masterclasses, and events, and run by international management, the Conservatory aims to establish a prestigious music school with international reputation, nurturing and developing great talents from Heilongjiang and from all over China.
HCOM offers three undergraduate curricula in 9 performance and music theory disciplines: Western and Chinese vocal studies, symphony orchestra instruments, folk music, piano and accordion, musicology, theory, composition, chorus conducting. The Conservatory offers graduate diplomas and majors in the departments of opera, orchestral instruments, traditional Chinese instruments, keyboard instruments, and musicology and composition, as well doctorate degrees in all disciplines.
The HCOM has an experienced teaching faculty and administrative staff. The Conservatory is employing currently 73 teachers, 12 from Russia. The full-time faculty includes 4 doctoral supervisors, 23 master's supervisors, 33 professors and associate professors, 24 Ph.D.s , and 39 lecturers.
A member of the National Literary and Art Workers Association ensures professional excellence and an atmosphere of moral integrity in cooperation with two executive deputies of Heilongjiang province. This is made possible through the publicly-funded program Six Support Measures for Low-income Villages and Households, three stipends from the Provincial Government, and the support of the directors of the Provincial Musicians’ Association. The Conservatory is supported by six National Social Science Fund programs and two Ministry of Education Humanities and Social Science programs.
Associates of the Conservatory have been awarded with prizes in over 100 national and international competitions, including the Casagrande Competition in Italy, Golden Bell Award for Music of China, Van Cliburn Competition in the US, and the Bel Canto Competition held by CCTV of China. The ratio of students to teachers is an outstanding six to one.
HCOM’s offers students an unparalleled campus experience, with unparalleled investment in teaching supplies, library materials, logistics, infrastructure, and networking further establish the Conservatory as one of China’s leading music conservatories.
The Conservatory’s facilities include a concert hall with a seating capacity of 800 audience members, a 300 sq. ft. recording studio, 294 classrooms equipped with pianos, several chamber music halls, several big lecture halls, an opera rehearsal hall, a guest house for foreign visitors and professors, a student dormitory, an orchestra rehearsal hall, a Chinese orchestra rehearsal hall, an opera rehearsal theater, and many practice studios.
These facilities provide the perfect environment for teaching, rehearsing, and performing, for both faculty and students. HCOM’s library collection contains 104,300 volumes of a value totaling more than 3.8 million Chinese Yuan.
In order to further its presence in the international academic community and its close relationship with Russia, the Conservatory has signed cooperative agreements with first-rate universities and colleges in Russia, including the St. Petersburg Conservatory and Herzen University. HCOM and the St. Petersburg Conservatory are partner conservatories, creating mutual collaboration in educational projects for Sino-Russian talents. HCOM is dedicated to facilitating Sino-Russian relations through teaching, scientific research, composition, and performance.