MIHM was opened in 2002 and became the first and only center of performing arts in Russia (similar to Kennedy Center in Washington).
In the three halls of the complex - Svetlanovsky, Kamerny and Teatralniy - concerts and performances, major international forums and creative evenings, presentations and holiday shows, conferences and corporate meetings are held.
The House of Music was built by the initiative of an outstanding musician and public figure Vladimir Spivakov and Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov with funds from the Moscow Government. The building of the MIHM became the main element of a large architectural ensemble on the Kosmodamianskaya Embankment of the Moscow River.
Today the House of Music is a special place, with its own face, concept, and its own model of concert activity. The variety of programs from year to year emphasizes the uniqueness of the artistic space of this universal concert venue, responding to its international status.
The architecture of the round building, which includes 11 floors above ground and two underground levels, has a complete glazing. Such a glass shell has made it possible to fill the lobbies, foyers, stairways and passages with a natural light, especially from the upper foyer galleries, to open views of the Moscow River, the Novospassky Monastery and the urban landscape.
The dome of the House of Music is crowned with a weather vane emblem — the treble clef of made by the famous sculptor Zurab Tsereteli.
The construction height is 9.5 meters, the weight is about 6 tons. The treble clef and the leaves are covered with gold leaf. The heavy vane rotates thanks to a special roller mechanism.
The Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music is decorated with a unique organ, the largest in Moscow, and one of Europe’s largest organs, built by a consortium of world-famous German firms Klais (Bonn) and Glatter-Götz (Ovingen).
It was made and mounted in Bonn in the spring of 2004, then transported to Moscow.
On December 21st, in 2004, the opening ceremony of the organ took place.
The total number of pipes is about 6,000. The height of the organ exceeds 14 meters (5 floors), the width is more than 10 m, the depth is 3.6 m (taking into account the horizontal ‘shamad’ pipes directed to the hall - more than 5 m). The total weight of the tool is 30 tons. The largest pipes of an organ have a height of about 10 m, the weight of each of such giant pipes reaches almost half a ton. The smallest pipe is only a few centimeters long.
Having opened its first season in October 2003, the House of Music immediately established itself as a prestigious concert and theater venue, where stars of the world art perform.