The new Ian Potter Southbank Centre, home to the new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, has officially opened its doors to more than 1,000 existing staff and students. Sitting within Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, the $109 million Conservatorium is at the heart of the University of Melbourne’s $200 million Southbank campus redevelopment.

Melbourne Conservatorium Rendering of the Ian Potter Southbank Centre. Photo © John Wardle Architects

“With a student cohort that has increased by two-thirds since 2010, the new Conservatorium will allow us to teach, rehearse, perform and record like never before,” said Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Dean Barry Conyngham. “Currently, the Faculty has over 40,000 campus visitors a year and hosts more than 220 events, which will now be expanded with a public program of events at the Conservatorium that will enrich Melbourne’s thriving cultural scene.”

“The new Conservatorium will allow the University to build on our already strong partnerships in the Arts Precinct and connect our world-class teaching and research to many more partners in the future,” said Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell.

Melbourne Conservatorium Hanson Dyer Hall in The Ian Potter Southbank Centre. Photo © Trevor...

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