Philippos Nakas Conservatory
The Philippos Nakas Conservatory (PNC) was founded in 1989. Featuring a professionally organized facility, the conservatory is based in the center of Athens, a natural crossroads between East and West with a significant cultural heritage and musical tradition. Most of the programs of study are geared toward students qualifying for a professional diploma recognized by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
Aside from the central school, PNC operates 11 subsidiaries. Seven subsidiaries are in operation in different areas of Athens and three subsidiaries operate in the cities of Thessaloniki, Ioannina, and Patras.
Major Courses of Study
• Instrumental performance studies (piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, timpani and percussion)
• Higher theoretical studies and composition
• Instrumental performance studies in jazz, pop, rock, world, and contemporary music
• Intensive program in conjunction with the Berklee curriculum articulation and credit transfer agreement
• Jazz composition and arranging
• Vocal studies - Opera
• Byzantine music
• Music technology
• Film scoring
• Greek traditional and popular music
• Junior preparatory courses
• Music pedagogy
• Berklee College of Music (since 1991)
• Yamaha Music Foundation, Tokyo (since 1983)
The Philippos Nakas Conservatory was a founding member of the Berklee International Network (BIN) in 1993, an organizer of the BIN Summit 2000 in Athens and Delphi, and co-founder and the first host school for the Berklee Study Abroad program in the spring semester of 2006.
In 1999, the Philippos Nakas Conservatory entered into a curriculum articulation and credit transfer agreement with Berklee College of Music, which allows students who have completed the intensive program in Athens to transfer the acquired credits and enroll in Berklee as a fifth (out of eight) semester student for a bachelor of music degree or for a professional diploma. The Philippos Nakas Conservatory is using the same methodology and course materials as provided by the curriculum articulation agreement. Students who seek to transfer to Berklee can apply for a scholarship at Berklee's annual auditions and interview program in Athens.
Faculty and Students
With 232 faculty members and 2,800 students, Philippos Nakas Conservatory is the largest conservatory in Greece. The most important jazz performers in the Greek music scene, including many Berklee alumni, staff its contemporary jazz department. Their skills, talents, and dedication are the cornerstone of the learning experience for PNC students.
An organizer of national and international competitions, master classes and workshops with visiting professors and artists, the Conservatory produces more than 300 cultural events annually in the central school and its subsidiaries. It is the organizer of the Band Festival, which, since 2003, has been an important event for bands composing their own music. Giving new vitality to the meaning of civilization, Philippos Nakas Conservatory concert halls are widely open to the public.