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Concert Halls
Jazz Clubs
Jazz Festivals

Classical music is still being produced and performed in Russia and the music of Russian composers is played all over the world. Although classical music tends to be thought of as a musical phase of the past, many artists and musicians have taken classical instruments and compositions and experimented with different sounds and equipment to make music that is completely original and very modern. Jazz is only one form of a more contemporary type of classical music, but others are widely available in the form of operas, ballets, symphonies, etc. In St. Petersburg, classical music in its purest form is still greatly appreciated and played in many historically significant and beautiful venues. St. Petersburg is also well-known for its great jazz clubs and jazz music. The following is a list of places you might want to check out while visiting the city.


►Bolshoi Theatre

Opened in 1825, this theatre is the most famous opera-house in Russia, forever associated with greats such conductors Anton Rubinshtein, Petr Tchaikovsky, Sergey Rahmaninov, singers Fedor Shaljapin and Antonina Nazhdanova, Elena Obrazcova and Irina Arhipova and ballet dancers Galina Ulanova and Maya Pliseckaya.

Tel.: +7 (495) 292-9986
Teatralnaya pl. 1


This theatre stages classic operas in thought-provoking productions.

Tel.: +7 (495) 290-65-92
Bolshaya Nikitskaya ul. 19

►Novaya Opera

This theatre is only 10 years old, but talented conductor Evgeny Kolobov stages interesting versions of classic operas. The theatre is situated in the beautiful 'Hermitage' garden.

+7 (495) 200-0868
Karetny Rjad ul. 3

►The Kremlin Ballet theatre

The Kremlin Ballet was founded by famous Russian choreographer Andrey Petrov in 1990. The theatre is situated in the palace of the Moscow Kremlin. Here you can see creative productions of the Prokofiev ballets Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Ivan the terrible, and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, and many others. Modern choreography is also featured.

+7 (495) 928-5232
Vozdvizhenka ul. 1, Kremlin, Borovitckie gate.

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►Tchaikovsky Conservatory Big Hall

The 1800-set big hall, opened in 1901 and designed by Zagorsky, is considered one of the best academic concert halls in the country. It also contains one of the biggest organs in the world, and can accommodate a 130-piece orchestra and 250-person choir. You can hear everything from chamber to orchestral music here.

+ 7 (495) 229-7412
Bolshaya Nikitskaya ul. 13

►Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Built in 1938-1940 by Chechulin at a location originally intended for Meyerhold's theatre.. In 1959 the hall gained a Czech-made Riger Kloss organ. The hall has 1556 seats and is the home of the Moscow State Philharmonic. Symphonic, organ and choral concerts, as well as folk dancing performances, take place here. Thematic exhibitions are organized in the foyer.

+7 (495) 299-3957 Triumfalnaya pl. 4/31

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►Concert hall on the Prechistenka

Performances of ancient Italian and French music, as well as classical guitar and piano recitals take place here.

+7 (495) 201-3783

Prechistenskaya ul. 32

►Dom Shuvalova Music Hall

This concert hall belongs to Gnesin Academy of Russian music, so student performances are common. Keep an eye out for free performances.

+7 (495) 290-2422
Povarskaya ul. 30

►Concert Hall of Gnesin Academy of Russian Music

This concert hall also belongs to Gnesin Academy of Russian music, but professional musicians perform here. The hall hosts the Metner Festival at the end of February.

Tel: +7 (495) 291-3855
Povarskaya ul. 38

►Dom Kompozitorov

Tel.: +7 (495) 229-1365
Brusov per. 8/10

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►Jazz Art Club

+7 (495) 191-83-20
Leningradsky prospect 20

►Le Club

This club was founded by famous saxophonist Igor Butman, whose band performs here every Monday.
Verhnja Radishenakaja 21 (in the building of Theatre on the Taganka)

►Meyerhold Jazz Club

+7 (495) 363-1042
Novoslobodskaya 23, 4th floor


+7 (495) 209-9909
Bolshaya Sadovaya 8


+7 (495) 200-1506
Tverskaya 12

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►Davidoff Jazz Festival 'Avo and friends'


►International festival 'Jazz in the Old Town'


►International festival 'Triumph of Jazz'

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