The Athens Conservatoire is the oldest performing arts institution in Greece. It was founded as a non-profit in 1871 and, since then, it has established itself as a renowned institution, notable for its quality and breadth of work and its pivotal role in the advancement of music and theatre studies in the country. During its century-and-a-half existence, distinguished artists of international repute have studied and taught at the Athens Conservatoire, including Spyros Samaras, Dimitris Mitropoulos, Nikos Skalkottas, Maria Callas, Gina Bachauer, Alexandra Trianti, Mikis Theodorakis, Loukas Karytinos, Dimitris Sgouros, Emilios Veakis, Dimitris Rontiris, Kostas Mousouris, and Dimitris Myrat.
Today, the Athens Conservatoire continues to expand its scope, with its latest addition being the “Higher Professional Dance School”, and now, in a country first, all performing arts – Music, Theatre, and Dance – are housed in a single space.
The building itself, a typical example of modernist architecture that has become an emblematic Bauhaus structure, was designed by prominent architect Ioannis Despotopoulos and has been granted “Modern Monument” status. Its exceptional location in the heart of Athens and its unique architectural identity make it a significant cultural reference point for contemporary art.