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Milan Conservatory

Milan Conservatory
Conservatorio di Milano
Via Conservatorio, 12

Coordinates45°27′54″N 9°12′13″E / 45.46500°N 9.20361°E / 45.46500; 9.20361
Former nameConservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Verdi"
TypeMusic school

The Milan Conservatory, also known as the Conservatorio di Milano and the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, is a college of music in Milan, Italy.


Inner court of the conservatory

The conservatory was established by a royal decree of 1807 in Milan, capital of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy. It opened the following year with premises in the cloisters of the Baroque church of Santa Maria della Passione. There were initially eighteen boarders, including students of both sexes. Today it is the largest institute of musical education in Italy.[1]

Alumni and faculty

In its 200-year history, the conservatory has educated some of Italy's most prominent musicians and conductors, including Fausto Romitelli, Oscar Bianchi, Luca Francesconi, Stefano Gervasoni, Marco Stroppa, Giacomo Puccini, Alfredo Piatti, Amilcare Ponchielli, Arrigo Boito, Giovanni Bottesini, Alfredo Catalani, Riccardo Chailly, Amelita Galli-Curci, Vittorio Giannini, Scipione Guidi, Bruno Maderna, Pietro Mascagni, Gian Carlo Menotti, Francisco Mignone, Riccardo Muti, Kurken Alemshah, Italo Montemezzi, Feliciano Strepponi, Alceo Galliera, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Giuseppe Andaloro, Mario Nascimbene, Maurizio Pollini, Ludovico Einaudi, Antonino Fogliani, Vittorio Parisi, Riccardo Sinigaglia, Enrique Mazzola, Gianandrea Noseda, and Claudio Abbado. Other notable students include composers Margrit Zimmermann, Alfredo Antonini,[2] and Alessandro Solbiati, and singers Florin Cezar Ouatu and Paolo Andrea Di Pietro.

Among its past professors are the well-known voice teachers Francesco Lamperti and his son Giovanni Battista Lamperti. Ranking among eminent professors who have taught at the Milan conservatory are Giorgio Battistelli, Franco Donatoni, Lorenzo Ferrero, Riccardo Muti, Enrico Polo, Amilcare Ponchielli, Salvatore Quasimodo, and Alessandro Solbiati.

High school

The conservatory's Liceo Musicale for secondary school students opened in 1971. In 1981, it began an experimental collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The experimental phase ended in 2010 when it became "ad ordinamento".[3][4]


  1. ^ "Official website" (in Italian). Conservatorio “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano. Archived from the original on 4 December 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016. (In the Conservatorio drop down menu)
  2. ^ "Alfredo Antonini". IMDb. Archived from the original on 16 February 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Presentazione" (in Italian). Istituto Omnicomprensivo Musicale Statale di Milano. Archived from the original on 11 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Il liceo musicale G. Verdi di Milano" (in Italian). Conservatorio “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano. Archived from the original on 5 February 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
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