Barokhobo KCB (f Pepa Niebla)
bachelor of master in de Kunsten

Baroque Oboe

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 focuses 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
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

Alumnus in focus

Nele Vertommen

Baroque oboist Nele Vertommen began her studies at KCB with Marcel Ponseele when she was only 15 years old. Since graduating, she has performed regularly with ensembles including Il Gardellino (BE), A Nocte Temporis (BE), Collegium Vocale Gent (BE), La Chapelle Harmonique (FR), Collegium Marianum (CZ), Gli Angeli Genève (CH) and La Petite Bande (BE), Concerto Köln (DE). In 2021, she was selected by Klara as one of the twintigers for their programme of the same name. For several years, she has been working next to Beniamino Paganini (her boyfriend) to expand the ensemble Musica Gloria.

Nele Vertommen (f midis minimes festival)

Teaching Staff

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

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Marcel Ponseele

Marcel Ponseele

Professor Baroque Oboe and researcher

Marcel Ponseele studied oboe and chamber music at the conservatories of Bruges, Ghent and Brussels. He then enthusiastically embraced the baroque oboe and was a laureate of the Musica Antiqua competition in Bruges in 1981. Since that time he has played in many renowned baroque ensembles, including La Petite Bande, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and La Chapelle Royale. He and conductor Philippe Herreweghe laid the basis for the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées; Ponseele himself led the Harmonie des Champs-Elysées. He founded Il Gardellino together with Jan de Winne and Shalev Ad-El in 1988 and is the ensemble’s artistic director. Marcel Ponseele enjoys an international reputation as a baroque specialist and has been invited by many conductors to appear as soloist both in concert and for recordings on various labels. He has performed and recorded every work for oboe by Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart as well as many others. Together with his brother Francis, he makes meticulous copies of old instruments that are regarded as references worldwide. Marcel Ponseele has taught historic oboe at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel since 2014; he also gives master classes throughout the world.

Contact Marcel:


Admission Tests

To start your study at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel you will have to pass an artistic admission test. For information regarding the admission tests - like dates, the programme you need to prepare, the admission requirements and costs - you can click on the picture below.

Any question?

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