- You want to pursue your passion for playing the baroque bassoon and dream of a professional music career.
- You want to further develop your artistic expertise with the help of internationally renowned professors.
- You have the necessary knowledge and skills to pass the admission test.
With your degree in Baroque Bassoon, you can become a freelance musician or play in an orchestra/ensemble. You can also continue studying and become an artist-teacher or perhaps an artistic researcher? This study programme is the preparation for a brilliant future both on and off stage.
Orchestra / Ensemble
Making music in a group format is important for your development and therefore compulsory during your studies. As a traverso player, you can join the HIPP orchestra.
Seminar & Masterclasses
Renowned guest professors from Belgium and abroad are invited to pass on their knowledge to you. KCB also organises a reed day from time to time. A day in which we delve into the history of the bassoon and oboe.
You will get the chance to study in a metropolis with both large concert halls as well as small jazz clubs, the ideal starting point for a professional music career. Your campuses are surrounded by beautiful cathedrals, trending coffee bars and green parks to unwind in.
The KCB focusses on the broad artistic formation of each individual. The lessons are based on direct interaction between teacher and student due to the small amount of students in each class. The great number of orchestral productions each year allows us to gain experience on the stage and learn the ins and outs of the greatest pieces is in music history.
After your study
Professional music career
With a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Music from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, you can choose many professional directions. Who knows, you might end up:
- in a (inter)nationally renowned orchestra or ensemble
- in the arts education field
- in the social artistic field
- at cultural institutions or governments as advisor or policy maker
Abbreviated bachelor's degree
After your bachelor, you can move on to a master's degree and even an additional master's degree in another instrument, through a abbreviated bachelor's degree. Postgraduates are also among the possibilities.
Verkorte Educatieve Master Muziek (only in Dutch)
Merk je tijdens je studie dat lesgeven iets voor jou is? Aan het KCB kan je ook een Verkorte Educatieve master Muziek volgen. Zo kan je meteen aan de slag als kunstenaar-leraar.
|Required Subjects||Ba1 (Credits)||BA2 (Credits)||BA3 (Credits)|
|Main instrument I, II, III||18||18||24|
|Chamber Music I, II, III||6||6||6|
|Repertoire study/sight reading 1, 2||3||3|
|Historical documentation 1, 2, 3||6||6||6|
|Philosophy and aesthetics of early music 1||3|
|Theory and ear training 1,2||4||4|
|Rhythm and intonation 1,2||5||5|
|Harmony and analysis 1,2||9||9|
|History of Music||6|
|Modules History of Music||6||6|
|Formal analysis 1||6|
|Posture and movement||3||3|
|History of culture||3|
|Required Subjects||MA1 (Credits)||MA2 (Credits)|
|Main instrument IV, V (Master exam)||27||30|
|Chamber Music 4, 5||9||12|
|Repertoire study/Sight reading 3||3|
|Historical documentation 4, 5||6||6|
|Philosophy and aesthetics of early music 2||3|
|Study of sources/edition||6|
|Artistic Research Practices||3||6|
In order to develop your talents to the fullest you need a teacher that is capable to help and motivate you in the right way. Our teaching staff is world renowned and have years and years of experience both as performers but also as pedagogues.
Do you have any specific questions before you register for the admission tests? Would you like to meet your teacher before you take the big step? Below is a list of all teachers with contact information.
Born in Alicante, he also attended the Conservatorio Superior de Música Oscar Esplá there, where he studied the theory of harmony as well as bassoon. He moved to the Netherlands in 1996 to study the historical bassoon there. He studied bassoon and chamber music under Donna Agrell at the Königlichen Konservatorium in Den Haag, as well as music theory under Peter van Heyguen. Javier Zafra gained his diploma in Baroque bassoon with distinction in June 2000.
He was a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) in 1997, then under the baton of Ton Koopman. He has since played with the ensembles Anima Aeterna, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Concert d’Astrée, and Al Ayre Espanol. His prime interest is in chamber music. He is a member of the Nachtmusik wind sextet (Eric Hoeprich) and founded the els Sonadors de Martin i Soler wind octet. He was also the founder of the orchestra Le Cercle de l’Harmonie in Paris, where he lives. Javier Zafra has been an established member of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra since 1999
Project in the spotlight
In het jaar 2021 bracht KCB hun nieuwjaarsconcert voor het eerst digitaal! In het concert << Das alte Jahr ist nun vergahn >> bracht onze HIPP afdeling muziek van Michael Praetorius (1571-1621). Een prachtig project dat nog steeds nazindert.
Campus Regentschapsstraat & Kleine Zavel
Our campuses are located in the vibrant Sablon district right in the heart of Brussels. The Conservatoire's stately main building on the Regentschapsstraat with its magnificent Concert Hall is one of Brussel's landmarks. Around the corner is our campus on Kleine Zavel where you can attend classes and study in the best conditions. Moreover, you can use our premises to study during the week and at weekends.
How can I access the campuses?
Renovation of the main building
After years of negotiations, we are proud to announce that the plans for the renovation of our impressive main building on Regentschapsstraat have been approved. More info on this can be found here.
During your studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, you will come in contact with the world: after all, you study in Brussels, Europe's most cosmopolitan capital. KCB offers guest lectures by international professionals or by a professor from a foreign partner school, international projects,... we will train you to become a professional ready for tomorrow's increasingly international world.
Do you want to spend some time abroad yourself? You can! Studying for a semester (or academic year) at a partner university or doing an internship abroad, mais oui, of course! Find out more about internationalisation.
We welcome you to our many concerts, masterclasses and research days. Also come and listen to a caleidoscoop concert by our BA1 and BA2 students or our public exams. That way you can see what you would learn as a future KCB student. Every academic year, there are numerous productions in which our students perform. Subscribe to our newsletter and stay informed.
Enrolment & Admission Tests
To start your studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, you must pass an artistic admission test. For information on the entrance exams - such as dates, the programmes to prepare, the enrolment conditions/fees and the module to enrol - click on the button below.
For more information on this programme you can contact the student administration via firstname.lastname@example.org.