Baroque Bassoon KCB (f Reda Izo)
bachelor of master in de Kunsten

Baroque Bassoon

For whom?

  • 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.

Your future

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.

Student Music

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
Barokfagot (f Marc Lamote)

Further studies

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.


Artistic researcher

Interested in a career as an artistic researcher? KCB organises various events around research and also offers you the opportunity to do a PhD in collaboration with the Brussels Arts Platform and the VUB (university).

Your subjects


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
Orchestra/consort. 1,2,3 3 3 3
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
Total Credits 60 60 60


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
Orchestra/consort 4,5 6 6
Philosophy and aesthetics of early music 2 3  
Study of sources/edition   6
Artistic Research Practices 3 6
Optional Subjects 3  
Total Credits 60 60

More information about your subjects.

Your professors

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.

Docenten KCB
Javier Zavra

Javier Zafra

Professor Baroque Bassoon

Javier Zafra was born in Alicante (Spain) in 1975. After been graduated on modern bassoon, theory of harmony and counterpoint in his hometown, he moved to The Netherlands in 1996 interested on early music. He attended the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, where he studied Baroque bassoon and chamber music under Donna Agrell and Ku Ebbinge, as well as music theory and history of music under Peter van Heyghen. Javier Zafra gained his diploma on Baroque bassoon with distinction in June 2000. He was selected as a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) in 1997, then under the baton of Ton Koopman.

He has since played bassoon solo with the best europeans ensembles like Anima Aeterna, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Concerto Vocale, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Concert d’Astrée, Al Ayre Español, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Capella Cracoviensis (Jan Tomasz Adamus, with whom he played and recorded Mozart Bassoon Concerto in 2016), Concert de La Loge (Julien Chauvin, with whom he plays often as soloist) or Ensemble Balthasar Neumann among others. He has worked with conductors such Thomas Helgenbrock, Jos Van Immerseel, Philippe Herreweghe, Trevor Pinnock, Gustav Leonhardt, René Jacobs, Pablo HerasCasado, Jérémie Rohrer, Ivor Bolton, Emmanuelle Haïm or Sir Simon Rattle. His prime interest is in chamber music: he played many years with Nachtmusique (Eric Hoeprich).

He often plays together with Lorenzo Coppola (Ensemble Dialoghi with whom he has recorded Mozart and Beethoven quintets for Piano and winds. Harmonia Mundi France, 2017), Kristian Bezuidenhout, Alexander Melnikov or Isabelle Faust, with whom he has recorded Schubert’s Octet and Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat on period instruments (Harmonia Mundi France; 2018 and 2020). As soloist he has performed in important venues like the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg festival, in the prestigious KKL Luzern, Wigmore Hall (London) or in the Lincoln Center of New York where his Mozart’s Bassoon concerto was acclaimed by The New York Times in the Mostly Mozart Festival 2010.

Javier Zafra has been playing bassoon solo with the Freiburger Barokorchester since 1999. Since 2016 he is bassoon solo at Ensemble Pygmalion conducted by Raphaël Pichon in Paris, city where he lives with his family. From 2004 till 2021 he has been teaching each September in the BadenWürttembergische Ensemble-Akademie Freiburg. From 2012 till 2017 he taught Baroque Bassoon in the Musikhochschule Freiburg. From September 2018 he teaches Baroque Bassoon at KCB - Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel.

Contact Javier


Project in the spotlight

Digitaal Nieuwjaarsconcert | HIPP

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. 

Your campus

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?

Alex onthaal KCB
Regent KCB gebouw

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.

Go abroad

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.

KVDS ehb fotoshoot

Visit us!

Info Moments

We organise several info moments during the second semester, such as (online) info days and open class moments.


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.


Nieuwjaarsconcert HIPP

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.


f Reda Izo - HIPP concert

Any question?

For more information on this programme you can contact the student administration via