Classical music in Saint Petersburg

Netzsche was right — “Without music, life would be a mistake”. People listen to music using music apps, watch music videos on TV and listen to music on the radio in their cars. But can that be compared to live music? Most people would say no, especially, when it comes to classical music. That’s why we’ve prepared this list of best spots, where you can relax and enjoy listening to classical music or the orchestra on any given evening, in the cultural capital of Russia.

The D.D Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia: The Grand Hall

Welcome to the oldest Philharmonia in Russia, which opened its doors in 1802. Nowadays, it has the Grand Hall and the Small Hall and both of them are included in the best chamber Concert Halls in the world, with first-class acoustics. For a musician, it’s extremely honorable and prestigious to be invited to give a performance here and world record companies value this place for its tremendous acoustics. The Grand Hall has a rich history of concerts. Numerous renowned musicians of the 19th century performed here including F. Liszt, H. Berlioz, R. Wagner and so on. The interior of the building will take your breath away too. There are marble columns, magnificent crystal chandeliers and the Imperial stairs that decorate the Grand Hall. And on the walls of the Green foyer, great composers from the pictures in gilded frames look at their visitors.

Also, after a good concert, you can pop into a cafe “Shokoladnitsa” or dine out in a good restaurant of  Russian cuisine that is called the “Nobility Assemly” that are in the same building as the Philharmonia.

Address: 2 Mikhaylovskaya ulitsa

 

Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram

 

Публикация от Филармония Шостаковича (@philharmoniaspb)

The D.D Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia: The Small Hall

The name of the hall speaks for itself and it is used as a chamber hall.  It is one of the best halls of such kind not only in Russia but also in the world. It was opened in 1949 and it’s named after the great Russian composer M. Glinka. The Small Hall is the main place for premiers of the most outstanding works of music of the 20th and 21st centuries of D. Shostakovich, R. Shchedrin, and other compositions. Also this is a venue of many of international music festivals and competitions.

Address: 30 Nevsky prospekt

 

Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram

 

Публикация от Anastasiia Dianova (@ah_dianova)

The Saint Petersburg House of Music

The “House of Music” is located in Grand Duke Alexey’s Palace. The palace is a real piece of art and you can join one of the excursions in the ceremony rooms that are regularly organized there. The English hall of the Palace is one of the favorite concert venues in St. Petersburg. A mission of the House of music is development of classical musical art, maintaining performing traditions and training of young Russian musicians for the international competitions and festivals.

Address: 122 Naberezhnaya Moiki

 

Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram

 

Публикация от Видеогазета ArtWay.TV (@artway_tv)

The Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall

This hall is known as “Marrinka 3” among theatergoers and it’s younger than the other famous music halls, as it was opened in 2006. Initially, this building was used as a workshop for making decorations. Today, it serves as a great stage  for opera or ballet performances, as well as for a hall for music concerts thanks to the fact that the stage can be transformed to accommodate both types of performances. It’s auditorium can seat up to 1100 guests. The hall links 2 epochs: the first facade of the scene is a carefully restored building of pre-revolutionary workshops and the second is deliberately modern. According to the architect Xavier Fabr, it is made specially to emphasize fidelity to traditions and creative experiments.

Address: 20 Pisareva ulitsa

 

Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram

 

Публикация от Pasha (@pasha_sovmatika)

The Saint Petersburg Court Chapel

This is the oldest active professional musical institution that has been the Alma Mater of Russian professional musical culture. It was founded in 1479 by an order of Ivan III of Russia as the State Choir of Singing Dyaks, whose first performance took place during the laying of the foundation of the Uspensky Cathedral.  

The Capella is associated with personalities such as Mikhail Glinka, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, and other outstanding Russian composers.

Today, the music hall of the Chapel is known around the world not only with its great performances but also with its organ that is one of the best organs in Russia.

Address: 20 Naberezhnaya Moiki

 

Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram

 

Публикация от Ⓜ️ (@molokova_spb)

The Saint Petersburg Conservatory

Opened by the Russian composer and pianist A. Rubinstein in 1842 the Conservatory has recently celebrated its 100 birthday. The current building was erected in the 1890s on the site of the old Bolshoi Theatre of Saint Petersburg, and it still preserves its grand staircase and landing. The school alumni have included such notable composers as Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Dmitri Shostakovich. Also the composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov taught at the Conservatory for almost forty years, and his bronze monument is located outside the building in Theatre Square.

Today, the music hall of the Conservatory is unique with the acoustics and architecture and is loved by the most outstanding and famous musicians in the world.

Address: 3 Teatralnaya ploshad’

 

Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram

 

Публикация от уроки фортепиано Олег Гуженко (@olegguzhenko)

9 places to visit in Saint Petersburg for free
The most interesting museums, concert halls and art galleries completely free of charge!
9 places to visit in Saint Petersburg for free
The most interesting museums, concert halls and art galleries completely free of charge!
Top 6 round-the-clock restaurants in Moscow
  • Top 6 round-the-clock restaurants in Moscow
  • Best breakfasts in Kazan
  • Mini Routes Saint Petersburg
World Cup victory spoons
Fan season is about to get into full swing, and now’s a good time to stock up on essential equipment. We’ve got a ne