bachelor of master in de Kunsten


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
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

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

The Belgian oboist and conductor, Marcel Ponseele, studied modern oboe and chamber music at the conservatories of Bruges, Brussels and Gent in Belgium. After his graduation, he began to study the Baroque oboe. In 1981 he won a prize at the "Musica Antiqua" competition in Bruges.

At the same time he played regularly with several Baroque orchestra's, such as La Petite Bande, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, La Chapelle Royale. Even more so, he is a founding member of the Orchestra des Champs-Elysées under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe. He regularly played under the major early music conductors, including Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Marc Minkowski, John Eliot Gardiner, and Masaaki Suzuki. In addition, he directs l’Harmonie des Champs-Elysées, another Baroque-performing group, with which he has given numerous concerts and made recordings. Together with Jan De Winne and Shalev Ad-El, he founded in 1988 the Baroque ensemble Il Gardellino, of which he's the artistic leader.

Marcel Ponseele is internationally known as Baroque specialist, and is often invited as a soloist to perform with great orchestra's or to participate on different recordings. He performed and recorded mostly everything that was ever written for oboe by J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, W.A. Mozart and others. Among its later and more critically acclaimed recordings is the 2005 CD of J.S. Bach oboe concertos, which also includes an intriguing arrangement by Ponseele of Gustav Mahler's Ruckert Lieder No. 3. He also focuses on chamber music, of which several recordings were made.

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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:

Any question?

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