The Conservatoire de Paris is a college of music and dance founded in 1795 now situated avenue Jean-Jaurès in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, France that offers instruction in music, dance, and drama, drawing on the traditions of the "French School." In 1946 it was split into two "Conservatoires," one for acting, theatre and drama, known as the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique (CNSAD), and the other for music and dance, known as the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP).
The conservatories operate under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
The origins of the Paris Conservatoire can be traced back to the creation of the École Royale de Chant (literally, The Royal School of Singing) by decree of Louis XIV on 28 June 1669. It was reconstituted by the composer Gossec in 1784.
In 1793, the Ecole Royale was combined with a school for musicians of the National Guard, and named the Institut national de musique.
In 1795, the National Convention established during the French Revolution refounded it as the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique, and the Conservatoire's first 350 pupils commenced their studies in October 1796.
By the 1940s, the Paris Conservatories had grown and become one of the biggest and most prestigious in Europe. In 1946, the Conservatoire was split into three Conservatories; one for music and dance, and one for the dramatic arts. The conservatories train more than 1,200 students in structured programs, with 350 professors in nine departments.
The Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique ("National Superior Conservatory of the Dramatic Arts") is the conservatory for acting, drama, and theatre, known by its acronym CNSAD.
The Conservatoire resides in the original historic building of the Conservatoire de Paris on the rue du Conservatoire at rue Sainte-Cécile in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Free public performances by students at the CNSAD are given frequently in the Conservatoire's theatre.
The Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris ("National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance", acronym CNSMDP) is a separate conservatory for music and dance. The French government built the impressive new campus with strikingly modern architecture in the 19th arrondissement of Paris.
A listing of former students can be found at List of former students of the Conservatoire de Paris
A listing of former teachers can be found at List of former teachers at the Conservatoire de Paris
A complete list of teachers and accompanists at the Conservatoire de Paris can be found here:
The Conservatoire de Paris (Paris Conservatoire) is a music conservatory where students can study dance, drama and music. It has now been split into two "Conservatoires". One is for Acting, Theatre and Drama and is called the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique (CNSAD). It is in the old building in the centre of Paris. The other is called Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. It is farther from the centre of the city. This is where Music and Dance are taught.
The Paris Conservatoire has been famous for music since it was formed in 1795. Nearly all famous French composers and performing musicians studied there, and many young musicians came from abroad to study. It was, and still is, one of the best places to study music in the world.