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Welcome at 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


Required subjects Ba1 (credits) BA2 (credits) BA3 (credits)
Harmony III 15    
Wind and brass conducting I, II, III 12 12 12
Counterpoint I   12  
Counterpoint II     18
Analysis counterpoint     6
Theory and ear training 2 4    
Rhythm and intonation 2 5    
Module History of Music   6 6
Encyclopedia and Research 3    
History of Music 6    
History of Culture I   3  
Organology 1,2 6 6  
Analysis of musical forms 1, 2   6 6
Score reading and reduction 1, 2   9 9
Optional subjects 6 9 3
Total credits 60 60 60


In the master conducting you can choose between the specialization Wind & Brass Band Conducting or Orchestral Conducting. .

Wind & Brass Band Conducting

Required Subjects Ma1 (Credits) Ma2 (Credits)
Wind & Brass band conducting IV 21  
Wind & Brass band conducting (Master exam)   30
Score reading & reduction 3 (Analysis for conductors) 6  
Orchestration I, II 9 9
Contemporary music notation 3  
Introduction to philosophy   3
Training Sessions 9 12
Artistic Research Practices 3  
Optional subjects 9 6
Total Credits 60 60

Orchestral Direction

Opleidingsonderdeel Ma1 (Credits) Ma2 (Credits)
Orchestral conducting IV 21  
Orchestral conducting (master exam)   30
Score reading & reduction 3 (analysis for conctuctors) 6  
Orchestration I, II 9 9
Contemporary music notation 3  
Introduction to philosophy   3
Training sessions 9 12
Artistic Research Projects 3  
Optional Subjects 9 6
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.

Bart Bouckaert

Bart Bouckaert

Professor Contemporary Music/Orchestral Conducting

Bart Bouckaert studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel where he obtained the First Prizes for harmony, counterpoint, fugue, music history, as well as Higher Diplomas for chamber music and percussion. He also obtained his 'Masters in Orchestral Conducting' and a PhD degree in arts at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His principal teachers of orchestral conducting include Rob Casteels, Lukas Vis, Peter Eötvös, Mickail Kukuschkin, Arturo Tamayo and Peter Gülke.0

In 1989 he won the second prize at the Orpheus Competition in Antwerp with the OXO percussion trio. In October 2000, Bart Bouckaert became the second finalist of the 'Settimo Concorso per Giovani Direttori d' Orchestra ', a competition for young opera directors in Spoleto in Italy.

He has conducted and continues to direct orchestras and ensembles at home and abroad, including the ASKO ensemble, the Prometheus Ensemble, Het Collectief, the Odysseia Ensemble, the Orchestra of the Opera of Spoleto (Italy), the Chamber Orchestra of De Munt, the Ensembles Contemporary Music of the KCB, the National Orchestra of Lithuania, the National Orchestra of Belgium, Orquestra Sinfónica da ESMAE (Portugal), ... the works of composers including Mozart, Debussy, Bartok, Holliger, Boulez, Boesmans, Defoort, Swinnen, Van Hecke, Wissels, Neyrinck and many others. Following the opening of the renovated MuziekInstrumentenMuseum in 1999, he directed the creation of orchestrations by Franz Liszt that were before unknown.

Professor Bouckaert currently serves as professor in orchestral conducting and contemporary music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

Contact Bart:


Yves Segers

Yves Segers

Professor Conducting techniques & Windband conducting

Yves Segers (flutist and conductor) studied 10 years at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he obtained 3 Master degrees (Flute, Windband Conducting, Symphonic Orchestra Conducting) and a pedagogic diploma.

Up till now he is the chief conductor of the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides, and this since 2008.

Before that he was the first flute in that same orchestra. He is also laureate of several competitions. In the meanwhile he created more than 30 CDs, as well as a conductor, than as a flutist. He worked together with international renowned soloists and created new compositions of Belgian and foreign composers. As was already invited to conduct the Brussels Philharmonic, The National Orchestra of Belgium, the Military Symphony Orchestra of Russia, The Choral Society of Washington. He is asked frequently as a guest conductor and as a jury member for international competitions.

Since 2013 he teaches Conducting Techniques and Windband Conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

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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:

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