The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is one of the most vibrant centres for undergraduate and graduate performance study in Australia. The Conservatorium’s performance staff are all internationally recognised teachers and performers who bring a wealth of experience to our Performance program.
The Melbourne Conservatorium also offers an array of advanced performance programs, including the Master of Music (Opera Performance), Master of Music (Performance Teaching), Master of Music and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Performance for performers at a high level who possess a suitable scholarly background. These programs offer intensive instrumental study supported by appropriate academic depth.
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s performance opportunities are both wide and intense. In most performance courses there is a weekly performance class as well as the opportunity to participate in the very wide range of masterclasses, performance classes, concerts and ensembles.
- Watch Stuart Greenbaum's Symphony No.2 'Double Planet' performed by the University of Melbourne Orchestra, conducted by Fabian Russell.
Awards and prizes
The Melbourne Conservatorium is richly endowed with awards and prizes for students and in the performance area in particular. There are numerous prizes, scholarships and bursaries available to performers and details of these can be obtained from the Faculty and University Scholarship Offices. Some of these awards are very valuable indeed and application for them is highly competitive.
Distinguished staff and students
Distinguished former students include Kristian Chong, Benjamin Northey, Anna O'Byrne, Antoinette Halloran, Coady Green, Mark Kruger, Zoe Knighton, Cameron Hill, Lerida Delbridge, Christopher Field, Cameron Menzies, Prudence Davies, David Thomas. Many past students are also active as staff members.
The Melbourne Conservatorium has a vast array of visiting performers from conductors Piero Gamba, Richard Bonynge and Marco Zuccarini to pianists Stephen Kovacevich, Christina Ortiz, Leslie Howard and Paavali Jumppanen. Visiting performers of international distinction form a fundamental part of the Conservatorium’s teaching, masterclass and assessment program.
For course information, entry requirements and how to apply to study performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, see:
Performance based research projects
The Melbourne Schubert Project
Pianist Ian Holtham collaborates with composers Barry Conyngham, Eliott Gyger, Mark Pollard and Stuart Greenbaum to perform four new piano works written in response to each of the four movements of Schubert iconic final piano sonata (d. 960).
A new CD from Ian Holtham includes the four new compositions of the Schubert Project as well as compositions by Katy Abbott, Joanna Selleck, Elliott Gyger and Stuart Greenbaum inspired by piano music of Scarlatti, Liszt and Beethoven. The CD will be released in mid-October by Tall Poppies.