Barok Fagot
bachelor of master in de Kunsten

Baroque Bassoon

Welcome to the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel! 

With a Bachelor and Master of the Brussels Conservatoire you are set for an inspiring professional career! If you want to join an international orchestra or end up doing something entirely different with your degree, our programmes are the ideal preparation for a bright future.

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

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
Repertoirestudy/sight reading 1, 2   3 3
Theorie of hist.performance practices. 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  
Theory of historical performance practice 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

Je docenten

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

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

Contact Javier


Admission Tests

To start your study at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel you will have to pass an artistic admission test. Most specializations have two sessions: one before the summer break and one in September. As candidate-student you can register for one of these sessions.

For information regarding the admission tests like dates, the programme you need to prepare and the admission requirements and costs you can click on the picture below:

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