- You want to pursue your passion for playing the baroque violin 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 Violin, 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 baroque violin 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. Artist in residence Ryo Terakado, for instance, gives eight to nine masterclasses every year.
You will have 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 1, 2, 3||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 1, 2, 3||6||6||6|
|Analysis of musical forms 1||6|
|Posture and movement||3|
|History of culture||3|
|Required Subjects||MA1 (Credits)||MA2 (Credits)|
|Main instrument IV||27|
|Master exam HIPP||30|
|Historical documentation 4, 5||6||6|
|Chamber music 4, 5||9||12|
|Repertoire study/sight reading 3||3|
|Artistic research practices||3|
|Orchestra/consort 4, 5||6||6|
|Philosophy and aesthetics of early music 2||3|
|Study of sources/edition||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.
Ryo Terakado was born in 1961 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. He started to play violin at the age of 4, and won 2nd prize in the All Japan Youth Musical Competition when he was 14. Ryo studied violin, chamber music and conducting at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. In 1983, he took third prize in the All Japan Music Competition. Upon graduating from Toho Gakuen, he was invited to become concertmaster of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held for two years.
Meanwhile, Ryo’s interest in Baroque music had been developing for some time: at the age of 19, he started to teach himself Baroque violin, and in 1985, he moved to the Netherlands to study the instrument at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague under the guidance of Sigiswald Kuijken, receiving a soloist diploma in 1989.
Since 1987, he has performed as concertmaster with Baroque orchestras in Europe and Japan including La Petite Bande, Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, and Tokyo Bach Mozart Orchestra; he made regular appearances with these orchestras to perform the concertos of composers including Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart. Ryo is also the current concertmaster of Bach Collegium Japan, and is invited frequently to Italy, Poland, France and Australia as a soloist. Since 1994, he has been one of the featured artists in the Hokutopia International Music Festival in Tokyo, where he made his debut as a conductor. His repertoire as a conductor includes operas by Monteverdi, Purcell, Rameau, Gluck, Haydn and Mozart.
Ryo teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (Netherlands), is Artist in Residence at KCB (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel - The Flemish conservatoire of Brussels) and teaches at his alma mater, Toho Gakuen School of Music (Japan). He regularly teaches at Yonsei University in Seoul and performs in concerts in Korea.
His discography can be found on the Ricercar (Belgium), Accent (Germany) BIS (Sweden) and Denon (Japan) labels.
Violinist Joanna Huszcza is a passionate chamber musician, orchestra leader and soloist. Performing regularly at some of the most recognised venues and festivals. A native of Warsaw and currently living in Brussels, she completed her Master’s Degree at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag in the Netherlands under the guidance of Enrico Gatti. Throughout her studies and professional career she has collaborated with some of the most inspiring personalities and pioneers in the world of Early Music and historically informed performance like Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Marcel Ponseele, Marco Beasley, Enrico Gatti, Philippe Pierlot and Skip Sempe. She also toured extensively with groups as; Collegium Vocale Gent, Ricercar Consort, De Nederlandse Bachevereniging and Ensemble Aurora, among others.
Those experiences have encouraged her to search for her own answers and have led her to find a musical context of her own. She has developed a particular interest in the vocal aspect of violin playing as one of the most important means to communicate with her audience. She equally enjoys performing on other instruments of the violin family such as; viola, violino piccolo as well as viola d’amore. Soon after her graduation, Joanna was invited to establish a violin class at the Early Music Department at the Music Academy in Łódź, Poland. She was later appointed the assistant to the violin class of Mira Glodeanu at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles where she has been teaching regularly since 2015. Simultaneously coaching at numerous masterclasses in Europe, Asia and South America. She has been invited regularly to lead orchestras such as Il Gardellino, Les Agremens, Les Muffatti, Toujours Mozart Festival Orchestra, Cappella Cracoviensis, Köllner Academie, Luthers Bach Ensemble and Geneva Camerata.
However dedicated to historically informed performance, Joanna often gets inspiration from a fruitful exchange of ideas sharing the stage with her colleagues from different fields such as jazz, contemporary, popular and world music and contemporary dance. Apart from live performances, she can be heard on labels as Alpha, Glossa, Naïve, Arcana, Ramée, Et’Cetera, Passacaille, Sony and Deutche Grammophon.
Her violin was made by Hendrick Jacobs in Amsterdam in 1689 and was faithfully restored to original playing condition by Philippe Poissonniez.
Projects in the spotlight
In 2023, baroque violin students gave a Renaissance and baroque polyphony concert. This concert was based on the historical violin groups from Venice. Works by Adrian Willaert, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina & Giovanni Legrenzi, among others, were played.
Baroque violinist Ryo Terakado, as artist in residence, gives memorable masterclasses, seminars and concerts of baroque violin throughout the year. As artist in residence, he works with KCB teachers to take our students to the next level.
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.
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