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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Moscow Conservatory and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Moscow Conservatory, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Moscow Conservatory include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Moscow Conservatory alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Moscow Conservatory are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Moscow Conservatory.

Items include everything from Sergei Rachmaninoff to Sviatoslav Richter.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Moscow Conservatory?” and “Which celebrities are Moscow Conservatory alumni?”

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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Sergei Rachmaninoff Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered as one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last ...more

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Youri Egorov is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Youri Egorov Pianist Youri Aleksandrovich Egorov was a Soviet classical pianist.

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Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Sviatoslav Richter Pianist Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter was a Soviet pianist known for the depth of his interpretations, virtuoso technique, and vast repertoire. He is considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th ...more

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Aram Khachaturian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Aram Khachaturian Conductor, Film Score Composer, Composer Emin Khachaturian is a film score composer.

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Boris Pasternak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Boris Pasternak Poet, Novelist, Writer Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. In his native Russian, Pasternak's first book of poems, My Sister, Life, is one of the most influential ...more

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Mstislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Mstislav Rostropovich Conductor, Musician, Cellist Mstislav Leopoldovich "Slava" Rostropovich, KBE, was a Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor. He is considered to be one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century. In addition to ...more

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Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Arcadi Volodos Pianist, Virtuoso Arcadi Volodos is a Russian pianist. His first name is sometimes transliterated Arcady or Arkady.

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Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Gidon Kremer Conductor, Violinist Gidon Kremer is a Latvian classical violinist and conductor.

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Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Mischa Maisky Cellist Mischa Maisky is a Latvian-born Israeli cellist.

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Josef Lhévinne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Josef Lhévinne Pianist, Music pedagogue Josef Lhévinne was a Russian pianist and piano teacher. Lhévinne wrote a short book in 1924 that is considered a classic: Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing. Asked how to say ...more

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Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Vladimir Ashkenazy Conductor, Musician Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy is a Russian-born pianist and conductor of Icelandic and Swiss citizenship.

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Sergei Slonimsky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Sergei Slonimsky Pianist, Composer, Musicologist Sergei Mikhailovich Slonimsky is a Russian and Soviet composer, pianist and musicologist.

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Emil von Sauer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Emil von Sauer Pianist, Music pedagogue, Composer Emil Georg Conrad von Sauer was a notable German composer, pianist, score editor, and music teacher. He was a pupil of Franz Liszt and one of the most distinguished pianists of his generation. ...more

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Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Alexander Scriabin Pianist, Composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin was a Russian composer and pianist. Scriabin, who was influenced by Frédéric Chopin, composed early works that are characterised by tonal language. ...more

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Arno Babajanian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Arno Babajanian Pianist, Composer Arno Babajanian was an Armenian composer and pianist during the Soviet era.

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Yuri Bashmet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Yuri Bashmet Conductor, Violist Yuri Abramovich Bashmet is a Russian conductor, violinist, and violist. He is a direct patrilineal descendant of Besht.

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Victor Merzhanov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Victor Merzhanov Pianist, Teacher Victor Karpovich Merzhanov was a Russian pianist.

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Andrei Volkonsky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Andrei Volkonsky Conductor, Harpsichordist, Composer Prince Andrei Mikhaylovich Volkonsky was a Russian composer of classical music and harpsichordist. He was a key figure in Early Music Revival in Russia.

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Ruslan Sviridov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Ruslan Sviridov Pianist, Teacher Ruslan Valentinovich Sviridov is a Russian pianist.

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Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Gregor Piatigorsky Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky was a Russian-born American cellist.

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Kiril Kondrashin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Kiril Kondrashin Conductor Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin was a Russian conductor.

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Vladimir Fedoseyev is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Vladimir Fedoseyev Conductor Vladimir Ivanovich Fedoseyev is a Russian conductor. Fedoseyev graduated from the Gnessin State Musical College 1957, and Moscow Conservatory 1972. From 1974 artistic director and chief ...more

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Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Emil Gilels Pianist, Teacher Emil Grigoryevich Gilels was a Soviet pianist, widely regarded one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.

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Vladimir Rebikov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Vladimir Rebikov Pianist, Composer Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov was a late romantic 20th-century Russian composer and pianist.

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Reinhold Glière is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Reinhold Glière Composer Reinhold Glière was a Russian composer of German-Polish ancestry. His name has appeared in different forms, as Рейнгольд Эрнeст Глиэр and later, for standardization purposes, converted ...more

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Rodion Shchedrin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Rodion Shchedrin Composer Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin is a Russian composer and pianist, winner of the Lenin, USSR State Prize and the State Prize of the Russian Federation, and a former member of the Interregional ...more

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Vano Muradeli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Vano Muradeli Composer Vano Muradeli was a Soviet Georgian composer. He was born in Gori, Georgia to Armenian parents. He graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory in 1931. From 1934 to 1938, he worked at the Moscow ...more

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V. Lobanov is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
V. Lobanov Pianist, Composer Vasily Pavlovich Lobanov also Vassily Lobanov is a Russian composer and pianist. Lobanov studied at the Moscow Conservatory from 1963 to 1971: piano with Lev Naumov and composition with Sergey ...more

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Alexander Toradze is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Alexander Toradze Pianist Alexander Toradze is a classical concert pianist, best known for his classical Russian repertoire, with a career spanning over three decades. He is a professor of piano at Indiana University ...more

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Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky Composer Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky was a Russian composer. He helped to set up the Union of Soviet Composers in Moscow and remained one of its leading figures. He was a prolific composer of piano ...more

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Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Ivo Pogorelić Pianist Ivo Pogorelić is a Croatian pianist.

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Sergei Lyapunov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Sergei Lyapunov Pianist, Composer Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov was a Russian composer and pianist.

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Vissarion Shebalin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Vissarion Shebalin Film Score Composer, Composer Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin was a Soviet composer.

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Edison Denisov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Edison Denisov Composer Edison Vasilievich Denisov was a Russian composer in the so-called "Underground"—"Anti-Collectivist", "alternative" or "nonconformist" division of Soviet

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Alfred Schnittke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Alfred Schnittke Film Score Composer, Composer Alfred Schnittke was a Soviet and Russian composer. Schnittke's early music shows the strong influence of Dmitri Shostakovich. He developed a polystylistic technique in works such as the epic ...more

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Elena Firsova is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Elena Firsova Composer Elena Olegovna Firsova is a Russian composer.

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Nikolai Karetnikov is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Nikolai Karetnikov Composer Nikolai Nikolayevich Karetnikov was a Russian composer of the so-called Underground – alternative or nonconformist group in Soviet music.

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Sergei Taneyev is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Sergei Taneyev Pianist, Author, Composer Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev was a Russian composer, pianist, teacher of composition, music theorist and author.

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Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Leonid Kogan Violinist Leonid Borisovich Kogan was a preeminent Soviet violinist during the 20th century. He is considered to have been one of the greatest representatives of the Soviet School of violin playing.

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Nikolai Medtner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Nikolai Medtner Pianist, Composer Nikolai Karlovich Medtner was a Russian composer and pianist. A younger contemporary of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin, he wrote a substantial number of compositions, all of which ...more

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Tikhon Khrennikov is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Tikhon Khrennikov Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov was a Russian and Soviet composer, pianist, leader of the Union of Soviet Composers, who was also known for his political activities. He wrote three symphonies, ...more

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Dmitry Sitkovetsky is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Dmitry Sitkovetsky Conductor, Violinist Dmitry Yulianovich Sitkovetsky is a Soviet-Russian born classical violinist and conductor.

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Vyacheslav Artyomov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Vyacheslav Artyomov Film Score Composer, Musician, Composer Vyacheslav Petrovich Artyomov is a Russian and Soviet composer.

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Игорь Ойстрах is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Игорь Ойстрах Violinist Igor Oistrakh is a Ukrainian violinist.

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Rudolf Barshai is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Rudolf Barshai Conductor, Violist Rudolf Borisovich Barshai was a great, world-famous Soviet and Russian conductor and violist. Barshai was born in Stanitsa Labinskaya, Krasnodar Krai, and studied at the Moscow Conservatory ...more

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Vasily Kalinnikov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Vasily Kalinnikov Conductor, Composer Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov was a Russian composer of two symphonies, several additional orchestral works and numerous songs, all of them imbued with characteristics of folksong. His ...more

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Alexander Siloti is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Alexander Siloti Conductor, Pianist Alexander Ilyich Siloti was a pianist from Ukraine, conductor and composer. His daughter, Kyriena Siloti, was also a noted pianist and teacher in New York and Boston until her death in 1989,

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Irina Konstantinovna Arkhipova is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Irina Konstantinovna Arkhipova Singer Irina Konstantinovna Arkhipova was a Russian mezzo-soprano, and later contralto, opera singer. She sang leading roles first in Russia at the Sverdlovsk Opera and the Bolshoi Theater, and then ...more

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Sergei Lemeshev is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Sergei Lemeshev Singer Sergei Yakovlevich Lemeshev was one of the most well-known and beloved Russian operatic lyric tenors.

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Dmitri Smirnov is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Moscow Conservatory Alumni
Dmitri Smirnov Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov, also known by his pen names Dmitri N. Smirnov and D. Smirnov-Sadovsky, is a Russian and British composer.