Cornett KCB (f Reda Izo)
bachelor of master in de Kunsten


For whom?

  • You want to pursue your passion for playing the cornett 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.

Your future

With your degree in Cornett, 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 cornett 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. In recent years, Kate Clark, among others, has given a masterclass on the renaissance flute.


You will get 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.

Student Music

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
HIPP orkest (f Reda Izo)

Further studies

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.


Artistic researcher

Interested in a career as an artistic researcher? KCB organises various events around research and also offers you the opportunity to do a PhD in collaboration with the Brussels Arts Platform and the VUB (university).

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
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

More information about your subjects.

Your professors

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.

Lambert Colson

Lambert Colson

Professor Cornett

Lambert starts his musical studies in recorder with Francoise Defours and then with Pedro Memeldorff, Bart Coen, Marleen Leicher, Bruce Dickey and Gebhard David ; Graduating in famous institutions such as the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, The Esmuc in Barcelona, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the HFK in Bremen. 
As Both a recorder and a cornetto player, he has been invited to perform with conductors and ensembles such as Scherzi Musicali, Le Poème Harmonique (Vincent Dumestre), Holland Baroque, La Fenice (Jean Tubéry), Pygmalion (Raphaël Pichon), B’rock, Collegium Vocale (Phillipe Herreweghe), Correspondances (Sébastien Daucé), Cappella Meditteranea (Leonardo Garcia Alarcon), Continuum… 

He has been running his own artistic projects with his own ensemble InAlto. In the last years, the recordings of InAlto were highly praised and rewarded by the reviewers all around Europe : Diapason d’Or & Diapason D’Or de l’année 2017, Choc de Classica, 5 stars in Rondo Magazin, the choice of the year in both Libération and Le Monde, Joker Crescendo …

As a researcher, he has been invited to write for la pensée de Midi (Actes Sud). 

As a teacher, he was invited to give lectures and masterclasses in the Fondation Royaumont on various topics such as the history of western music notation, Luther and music in the Holy Roman Empire. Besides participating in various masterclasses, he is now teaching cornetto and historical performance practice in the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels and Ornementation in 16th and 17th century music in the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles.

 In Addition to his teaching activities, and in a constant will to discover more about performance practice, Lambert Colson is a research fellow in the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels since September 2017 with a focus on instrument making, trying to identify specific models for specific repertoires in several European museums. This research will be presented as a PhD project in 2022.

Unexpected collaborations led him to discover the use of hypnosis within the creation process with the choreographer Catherine Contour. Also interested in developping his musical perspectives on the cornetto, he has worked with contemporary composers such as Zad Moultaka, Fabrice Fitch and Bernard Foccroulle on new compositions, and collaborating with Pop/Rock/Jazz artists such as Shara Worden, Mugison and Efterklang in association with Box collective. Since then, he is been involved in various improvised music projects in collaboration with An Pierlé, Liesa van der Aa, Emmanuel Baily, Xavier Rogé, Adam Woolf, Franck Vagané, Jon Birdsong etc..

Contact Lambert Colson:


Project in the spotlight

Digitaal Nieuwjaarsconcert | HIPP

In het jaar 2021 bracht KCB hun nieuwjaarsconcert voor het eerst digitaal! In het concert << Das alte Jahr ist nun vergahn >> bracht onze HIPP afdeling muziek van Michael Praetorius (1571-1621). Een prachtig project dat nog steeds nazindert. 

Your campus

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?

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Regent KCB

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.

Go abroad

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.

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Visit us!

Info Moments

We organise several info moments during the second semester, such as (online) info days and open class moments.


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.


Nieuwjaarsconcert HIPP

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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Any question?

For more information on this programme you can contact the student administration via