Definition of conservatoire in English:



  • A college for the study of classical music or other arts, typically in the continental European tradition.

    ‘she studies piano and violin at the Paris Conservatoire’
    • ‘I merely asked you why you chose to come to America when you were already attending one of the best conservatoires in the world.’
    • ‘This orchestra was a mixed bag of students from the conservatoire and retired musicians.’
    • ‘Playing an instrument such as the oboe or bassoon as I do, one's initial focus at university or conservatoire was inevitably the brace of chairs available in the Western symphony orchestra.’
    • ‘Today was her day off from her relentless study as a graduate student at the conservatoire.’
    • ‘This isn't the polite concertizing that most modern students learn in their conservatoires.’
    • ‘Education was free, and at the schools and conservatoires you could see young age kids, any day of the week enjoying their lessons and playing their musical instruments all over - very naturally, more and more.’
    • ‘The two sites of the new conservatoire are just half-a-mile apart and it is hoped the merger will create a hotbed of classical talent.’
    • ‘This is the Laban Centre, a new dance conservatoire on the banks of Deptford Creek that's somehow transcended its bleak surroundings to become a national style icon.’
    • ‘In the UK, departments of music were set up in new universities, and there was considerable expansion in older universities and conservatoires.’
    • ‘Having avoided the conventional musical education of the conservatoire, he was able to bypass the normal paths of French music of the 1860s, and to explore a new harmonic idiom and especially a novel way of writing for the piano.’
    • ‘Because of the cultural history here, the tradition is to come over and test the water, whereas in Australia a lot of money goes into sport rather than the arts, although there are conservatoires.’
    • ‘But within Italy many of these characters all too often exert any influence they may have on the musical politics of a city, conservatoire or a festival so as to make it very difficult for new voices to emerge.’
    • ‘Now, if someone has a millimetre of talent, it seems he's too quickly sent off to the conservatoire.’
    • ‘Between them, music schools and conservatoires have 200,000 students.’
    • ‘Do conservatoires, other musical bodies of repute and teachers as a whole, still justly consider stylistic concept an important part of every young player's curriculum?’
    • ‘This contains some swingeing comments on the status of music in our modern society and the methods of musical upbringing in some conservatoires, which exalt mechanical accomplishment above enquiring mindset.’
    educational institution, training establishment, centre of learning, seat of learning
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Late 18th century: French, from Italian conservatorio, from late Latin conservatorium, from conservare ‘to preserve’ (see conserve). Compare with conservatory.