General InformationThe Reina Sofía School of Music was founded in 1991 as a highly professional training centre with a dual goal: supporting the development of very talented young musicians and bringing music closer to everyone. The School was created with the support and advice of great maestros like Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Alicia de Larrocha and Zubin Mehta, and enjoys the support of Her Majesty Queen Sofía as its Honorary President, as well as that of public and private institutions.
Every year, 150 young musicians coming from more than 30 countries meet leading teachers (more than 80) in a unique and inspiring building in the centre of Madrid. The student selection is exclusively based on merit. In the School's auditions, the only criterion is the musical and artistic talent of the candidates. With an average acceptance rate of around 6%, the Reina Sofía School is among the most selective schools in Europe. All students enjoy a tuition-free education thanks to the scholarships granted by the sponsors.
The School provides plenty of stage experience through its extensive artistic program, organising more than 300 concerts a year with more than 70.000 attendees. Graduates are prepared for successful careers around the globe through excellent training and rewarding artistic experiences. Almost 800 alumni of 63 different nationalities represent the School in 200 cities throughout 41 countries.
Her Majesty Queen Sofía is the Honorary President of the School, and its Board of Trustees gathers both public and private institutions towards a common objective. The School is the main program of the Albéniz Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Paloma O'Shea.