is named after Ivan Kotlyarevsky, well known writer - classic of ukrainian
literature, playwright and prominent figure in music and preforming
Kharkiv National Kotlyarevsky University of Arts, also known as the "Kharkiv
Conservatory," is one of the leading colleges of art in Ukraine.
It is also a major center of theatre education in the Slobozhan Region
(Northeastern portion of Ukraine).
Among the founders of the University were such famous musicians
and impresarios of that time as I. Slatin, S. Bogatyryov, P. Lutsenko,
L. Fanenstil, G. Hotkevich, M. Krushel'nitsky, L. Dubovik, I. Maryanenko,
O. Serdyuk, R. Cherkashin and others.
Over the years more than 10,000 musicians and theatre workers have
graduated from the University. Many of them have established successful
professional careers. Over 1,000 graduates have considerable achievements.
They have become winners of the State prize of Ukraine, have been
honored by the government, received titles of Honored and People's
artists, honored workers of arts, earned doctorates and become professors
Kotlyarevsky University graduates successfully work in different
countries: the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Denmark,
Australia, Israel, Russia, and others.
Today Kotlyarevsky State University of Arts is the most famous
school in Ukraine and is renowned in other countries. The school
provides training to students leading to bachelor and master degrees
in arts with the two specialities: Music Art and Theatre Art.
There are 5 departments with 23 faculties at the University, comprising
43 professors, 75 PhDs and assistant professors. Over 50 of them
are distinguished by the Government and have won national and international
The University has over 900 students and post-graduate students
and offers master- classes, post-graduate courses and post-graduate
The University enjoys Level IV accreditation, which is the highest
under Ukraine national standards. It also is licensed to teach foreign
The Conservatory's international contacts continue to strengthen
and become more diverse and creative. Considerable research is conducted
jointly with foreign music and theatre institutes and colleges.
Among them are arts schools in Cincinnati (USA), Nuremberg (Germany),
Naples (Italy), Geneva (Switzerland), Moscow and St. Petersburg
(Russia), Helsinki (Finland), Poland, France, etc.
The University's lecturers are invited to become jury members in
international competitions and festivals in many different cities
of the world. They also conduct master classes in Ukraine and other
Wide opportunities to practice as performers and conductors are
offered by several creative student ensembles: Symphony Orchestra,
Brass Band, Dance Orchestra, Folk Orchestra and Academic Choir,
all of which are famous in Ukraine and abroad. There is also an
opera studio in the vocal department and a students' theatre at
the theatrical department.
High priority is given to the individual approach to education
and professional training, recognizing that individual attention
is best suited to develop and encourage the formation of a unique