The SOI Music Academy was launched in 2012 to offer an advanced level of music training, previously not available in India, to talented young children. Under the supervision of SOI Music Director Marat Bisengaliev, the students receive a holistic music education that is inspired by the Russian Conservatoire method. This includes substantial one-to-one tuition on the student’s primary instrument, as well as second-study piano lessons, music history, music theory, group-singing teaching via the Solfeggio method, as well as training in orchestral playing and chamber music. The Academy currently offers lessons on all the string instruments, select woodwind and brass instruments, piano, and percussion. The teachers of the Academy are all professional musicians trained across Europe and are all full-time members of the Symphony Orchestra of India.
Performance is a central focus of the SOI Music Academy, and students are given several performance opportunities each year. This includes performances as part of the SOI Academy Orchestra, SOI Academy Chorus, and solo opportunities. Students of the SOI Music Academy also regularly participate in concerts as members of the Symphony Orchestra of India. This offers the students the unique opportunity with a professional orchestra. In March 2018, students of the SOI Music Academy embarked on their first international tour, performing two concerts in Abu Dhabi. Students of the Academy have won prizes, including placing first, in international music competitions in 2019, 2020 & 2021, and several graduates of the SOI Music Academy are now pursuing music further at renowned conservatories in the UK, Europe, and the USA.