The Conservatory of Athens is the oldest musical educational institution of modern Greece. It is distinguished for the quality, the scope of its work and for its contribution to the musical culture of the country. Nowadays it is housed in an iconic but unfinished building in the centre of Athens, next to Aristotele’s Lyceum.
The building has been designed in the 1960s by the renowned Greek architect Ioannis Despotopoulos. With its Bauhaus influences, the building constitutes an important example of modern Greek architecture. Aiming to a creative continuity of its operation, through a good use of its reputation, history, building infrastructure and human resources, the Athens Conservatory launched, since April of 2013, a series of actions and detailed studies (Feasibility Study and advanced Preliminary Study). Their purpose was to investigate prospects for attracting resources ensuring its viability as a self-financing organisation. Certain studies have been already funded thanks to the generous support of donors such as the Association "Friends of Music" and the Schwarz Foundation in Berlin, and have been coordinated by the firm Thymio Papayannis and Associates, in collaboration with specialised consultants and GBR Hellas (regarding the study of the project’s financial viability).
It should be noted that the completion and modernisation of the building’s infrastructure and the efficient use of its unique advantages are the decisive factor for the development of synergies and activities by which the Athens Conservatory:
a. will cover essential needs in the field of education and creativity, in all sectors of its activity, such as music, dance and drama,
b. will integrate innovative technologies that contribute to the enlargement of music culture in our country,
c. will be upgraded into a Higher Education School for Performing Arts,
d. will exploit the location, the architectural quality and the potential of the building to gather additional functions in the field of culture and tourism, which will operate reciprocal and interactively with the above uses, thus making this important facility a modern centre of artistic education and cultural activity.