Conservatory of Music
The Giuseppe Tartini State Conservatory of Trieste, founded in 1903, is one of Italy’s historic music conservatories and is regarded as a music academy of European importance. It belongs to the system of Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance (AFAM) and depends on the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Since the end of World War 2 its home has been the prestigious Rittmeyer building, located in Trieste’s City Centre, and it currently features a modern auditorium, the Sala Tartini, equipped with the most advanced multimedia technologies.
The academic program consists of 115 courses, 79 of which are at university level, and range from instrumental completion to orchestral and choral conducting, from composition to musical theatre, from jazz to new technologies. The curriculum is divided into four levels: preparatory, first and second senior years (Bachelor level and Master’s level) and teacher training. One of the Conservatory’s missions is to dedicate special attention to the repertoire of the 1900’s and the contemporary.
In accordance with European standards, the Tartini Conservatory implements a credit system consistent with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) devised to accord maximum recognition of its students’ work. The Conservatory of Trieste currently has 700 students, of which almost 60% are enrolled in senior year courses, and a teaching staff of 89 full-time professors. Furthermore, it regularly hosts both Italian and foreign teachers for seminars and master classes. It has joined the Consorzio Almalaurea, so as to support and supervise the placing of graduates in jobs.
Every year the Conservatory produces over 150 musical events, open to the public, which take place in Trieste and throughout the region. It collaborates, moreover, with numerous festivals and local associations in order to create competitions and musical events.
Being inserted into the University and Research System of Friuli Venezia Giulia by a special regional law, it is part of the Memorandum of Understanding Trieste City of Knowledge, for which a new Convention was signed on the 13th of June 2017. In addition, it has agreements with state and private music schools of the area, including the Giosuè Carducci Musical High School of Trieste.
A member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC), the Tartini Conservatory collaborates internationally with over 70 European universities and academic institutions, promoting every year a vast international mobility plan for students and teachers, which ranks it amongst the highest in Italy for the number of exchanges. The Conservatory of Trieste assigns a diploma conforming to the European model and is one of the five Italian conservatories – along with Parma, Bologna, Salerno and Trento – that can benefit from the DS Label Award. The prestigious recognition of the Agenzia dell’Unione Europea testifies that the certification issued by the Tartini Conservatory is complete, consistent, and conformant to international standards and allows it to be fully recognized in all European institutions.