Electric Bas
bachelor of master in de Kunsten

Electric Bass

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 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. 
Joachim Jamaer
Student Music


Your subjects


Required subjects Ba1 (CR) BA2 (CR) BA3 (CR)
Main instrument I, II, III 21 21 21
Ensemble 1, 2, 3 3 3 9
Ear training 1, 2, 3 6 6 3
Reading training 1, 2 6 6  
Jazz harmonie and analysis 1, 2, 3 9 9 12
Arranging 1, 2   3 6
Jazz rhythm 1, 2 3 3  
History of music (classical) 6    
History of jazz 1, 2   3 3
Piano (pianotechnique for pianists) 1, 2, 3 3 3 3
History of culture 3    
Jazz encyclopedia and research   3  
Optional subjects     3
Total  60 60 60
Required subjects Ma1 (CR) Ma2 (CR)
Main instrument IV, V (master exam) 27 30
Ensemble 4, 5 12 15
Jazz analysis 6  
Free improvisation   6
Concert playing Jazz 1, 2 3 3
Introduction to philosophy 3  
Artistic Research Practices 3  
Optional subjects 6 6
Total  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 De Nolf

Bart De Nolf

Head of Jazz & Professor Jazz Double Bass

( born in 1965 in Bruges, Belgium )

Starts playing the double bass at the age of 14, he will be classical trained at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Gent by Frank Coppieters, and got introduced to the world of jazz by the great John CLAYTON during the summercamps organised by the Halewijnstichting in the early 80's.

Since 1993, he teaches at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel.
He was also been a regular faculty member at the Taipei International Summer Jazz Academy (Taipei Taiwan).

As a member of the “BRT Jazz Orkest”, he accompanies a number of soloists, like Horace PARLAN, Jerome RICHARDSON, Kenny WHEELER, Palle MIKKELBORG, Von FREEMAN, Mal WALDRON,…

Some important belgian bands he played with : the SADI Quartet, Jacques PELZER’s “Open Sky Unit”, and outside the jazz scene with artists like VAYA CON DIOS, ADAMO, Lais, Jasper STEVERLINCK, Roland,…

For many years, he will play with French pianoplayer/composer Jean-Marie MACHADO, joining his project «Sextet Andaloucia ». Another bandmember, saxophonist Andy SHEPPARD proposes to form a trio with drummer Dré PALLEMAERTS, and In 2010, he will do a one-time tour of 13 concerts for JazzLab Series with his own trio.

Freelancer, he performs with : Barney WILEN, Michel LEGRAND, Lew TABACKIN, Lee KONITZ, Gary SMULYAN, Dick OATS, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Eddie DANIELS, Judy NIEMACK, and many others.

Since 1997 he becomes regular band member of the Toots Thielemans Quartet, and performs with Toots in Belgium, Europe, South America and Asia during 17 years.

With the renowned drummer Peter ERSKINE, he formed the rhythm section for the « Frank DERUYTTER Quartet ». Two CD’s have been recorded.

In 2018, he joined the Brussels Jazz Orchestra.

Current bands :
•    The Bas Bulteel Trio
•    The Johan CLEMENT Trio
•    What a Wonderful Toots. A tribute to the artist and friend, and to his music. With Bruno Castellucci, Eric Melaerts and Patrick Deltenre
•    Philip Catherine
•    Salvatore Adamo
•    Brussels Jazz Orchestra

Contact Bart:


Christophe Wallemme

Christophe Wallemme

Professor Jazz Double Bass

A bio will follow shortly.

Contact Christophe:


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?

For more information on this programme you can contact the student administration via secretariaat.kcb@ehb.be.