Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (Russia). Unmatchable.
Founded in 1866, there aren’t many other music schools that have produced as many winners in the most prestigious international contests, especially pianists, violinists and cellists. It currently has in the region of 1,000 students and approximately 160 postgraduates doing research into musicology. It also has a music school (secondary-education level) that offers 11 grades to hundreds of talented children.
Juilliard School of Music, New York (USA). Very selective.
It is one of the higher education institutions in the United States with the lowest admission rate (7%). It instructs students at various levels, ending their time there with a perfect command of their instrument, voice and composition.
Manhattan School of Music, New York (USA). Classical music and jazz.
Specialised in classical music and jazz, it offers university, postgraduate, professional and doctorate courses. It has a 'pre-university' division for students between 5 and 18 years old. 40% of the alumni come from outside the US.
4.- Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest (Hungary). Own method.
With a special Hungarian teaching style, studying here means hard work and discipline. The contribution of some of its students to the world’s cultural heritage has led to this school’s immense impact on the development of the world’s musical scene.
5.- Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington (USA). Academic.
Its more than 1,600 students can combine the intensity and concentration of a conservatory with the academic choice of a university. It has more than 170 professors, including internationally famous artists, scholars and lecturers.
6.- Berklee College of Music (USA). Multicultural.
With more than 4.000 students, of whom 40% come from outside the US, it offers 4 accredited bachelor degrees. Represented in more than 70 countries, Berklee has the highest percentage of foreign undergraduates in the world.
7.- Vienna Conservatory of Music (Austria). Today as yesterday.
The spirit of Viennese tradition combined with innovation is the main characteristic of this school. Highly demanding, each subject and course is subject to different admission requirements.
8.- University Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria). The city of the genius.
Named after the city’s most famous citizen, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, it was founded in 1841 as a music school. Since 1970 it is a higher school of music, called Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.
9.- Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia (USA). Superior.
With a long list of outstanding students, it has the lowest admission rate of all education institutions in the USA. It awards a diploma and a bachelor’s degree in music, a master’s degree in opera and a professional studies certificate in opera.
10.- Royal College of Music, London (UK). Extremely broad.
The college offers instruction in all aspects of western classical music. It has a Junior department dedicated to students between 8 and 18 years of age.