- You want to pursue your passion for playing the flute 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 Flute, 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 flute player, you can join the string orchestra, symphonic orchestra or the contemporary ensemble among others
Seminar & Masterclasses
Renowned guest professors from Belgium and abroad are invited to pass on their knowledge to you. In recent years, we welcomed Agata Igras and Dejan Gavricamong others.
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.
I really enjoy coming into contact with various styles of music, ranging from orchestral fragments to baroque and contemporary compositions. In addition to my instrumental studies, KCB also offers a rich and instructive range of other subjects. The abundance of talent within the school creates an environment that is both inspiring and educational. This is the ideal conservatoire for me to develop myself as a flutist.
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 (CR)||BA2 (CR)||BA3 (CR)|
|Main instrument I, II, III||24||24||27|
|Chamber music 1, 2||6||6|
|Orchestra 1, 2, 3||6||6||6|
|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|
|Encyclopedia and research||3|
|Posture and movement||3|
|History of culture||3|
|Required subjects||Ma1 (CR)||Ma2 (CR)|
|Main instrument IV, V (master exam)||27||30|
|Chamber music 3, 4||6||12|
|Orchestra 4, 5||6||6|
|Formal analysis 2||6|
|Introduction to philosophy||3|
|Artistic Research Practices||3|
Alumni in focus
Ester Esteban is from Solana, Spain. She is the first prize winner of "Piccolo Artist Competition" and Best Performance of the NFA Newly Commissioned Work by The National Flute Association. She also won first prize in Nordic Piccolo Artist Competition, Denmark, and second prize in "Severino Gazzelloni" piccolo, Italy. Ester is a member of Solar Duo, which released their first CD for piccolo and percussion in May 2023. She is currently a solo piccolo player in Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria and recently started teaching flute in Conservatorio Superior de Badajoz (2021-2023).
Géraldine Clément graduated in the flute class of Carlos Bruneel in 2015 and in the historical flutes class of Frank Theuns in 2019. After winning several competitions (Dexia Classic, Adams Competitions for Bachelor and Masters, Supernova…) and participating to EUYO and other youth orchestras, she is active as a freelance musician in both historical and modern orchestras such as La Monnaie, Gli Angeli Geneva, Collegium Vocale Ghent, Anima Eterna Bruges, Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, and others. She is a member of the duo Eidos and ensemble Tmesis. Since 2018, she is teaching chamber music at KCB, assists Katlijn Sergeant for the piccolo class and assisted Carlos Bruneel for three years until his retirement.
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.
Lieve Goossens is a passionate musician in different fields: she is soloflutist of the Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, flute professor at Luca School of Arts in Leuven (january-october 2023) and chamber musician in several formations. From the academic year 2023-2024 she will be the new flute professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
After studying the flute in the music academy in Lokeren and at the conservatories of Gent and Antwerpen with Marjolijn Vanmechelen, Philippe Benoit and Aldo Baerten, she obtained the ‘Konzertdiplom’ with distinction at the University of Music in Saarbrücken with Prof. Gaby Pas-Van Riet. She followed masterclasses with Emmanuel Pahud, Peter-Lukas Graf, Philippe Bernold, Andrea Lieberknecht and Philippe Boucly.
Lieve is prizewinner of Mozartpreis Wiesbaden (2003, second prize), Gouden Vleugels (2002, with wind quintet Syrinx), Tenuto (1999, first prize) and Axion Classics (1997, first prize for flute and second prize for chamber music). Since september 2005 she is soloflutist of the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra after being Praktikantin and solo piccoloplayer in ‘Staatsorchester Saarbrücken’ from 2002 until 2005.
Lieve is a member of ‘I Solisti’, Belgian Wind Ensemble Antwerp and performs regularly in chamber music formations with colleagues of the orchestra and in orchestras and ensembles as Oxalys, La Monnaie Symphonic Orchestra, Opera Vlaanderen, Symfonie-orkest Vlaanderen etc.
From 2000 until 2002 she was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. From January 2023 until October 2023 Lieve is flute professor at Luca School of Arts in Leuven, from 2010 until 2021 she was guest professor at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and sinds 2015 she is giving lessons on orchestral excerpts and audition training at the Royal Conservatory in Liège. In october 2023 she will start as flute professor at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels.
Lieve plays on a golden Yamaha flute with a Faulisi headjoint. She is a Yamaha Artist.
Carlos Bruneel did his musical studies at the Antwerp Conservatorium and obtained the “higher diploma” with great distinction in 1982 in the class of Mr. Jan Van Reeth. In the same year he was a winner of the “Tenuto-competition” which gave him opportunities to play as a soloist for the Belgium radio ánd Television. He continued studying the flute in London with Jonathan Snowdon and followed Master Classes with Aurèle Nicolet, William Bennett, Andras Adorjan and Konrad Hünteler. Julius Baker invited him at the Guilliard School of Music New-York.
In the mean time he has been appointed in 1981 principal flute of “La Monnaie Symphonic Orchestra” (Belgium National Opera). Ever since he has been one of the most active and demanded flutists in Belgium, he played all over Europe, in America and Japan. He has performed as a soloist with many leading orchestras in Belgium such as “The Monnaie Symphonic Orchestra”, “BRTN Ancient Philharmonic Orchestra “ (=Radio Orchestra), “Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra”, “Flanders Symphonic Orchestra” and several Chamber Orchestras.
Carlos Bruneel has always been passionate by teaching. In 1994 he has been appointed as professor for flute at the Brussels Conservatorium (KCB) and in 2013 he became also head of the woodwind department of that same institution. He has been guest professor at the conservatory of Den Haag (Holland) and is giving Master Classes throughout Europe and Japan. His students have leading positions in numerous orchestras and ensembles. Carlos Bruneel is also regularly a member of the jury in international competitions.
Equally at home in chamber music, he was a member of the “Prometheus Ensemble” and, besides his solo recitals, he plays regularly various chamber music repertoire with his colleagues of the Monnaie Orchestra, in particularly the “Monnaie Wind Quintet”. He played concerts with “The Salzburger Solists” and in song recitals he played with Yvonne Kenny and Renée Fleming together with their pianists Geoffrey Parsons and Helmuth Deutch.
His recordings includes Rossini’s quartets for flute and string trio, flute concertos from the Mannheim School, Mozart concertos (flute concerto in G and the Symphony Concertante in Es), Belgium Romantic flute sonatas (Franck, Jongen), music by Carl Reinecke, chamber music by Albert Huybrechts, music for alto flute solo by Bernard Foccroulle, chamber music works with “Prometheus Ensemble”, “I Solisti da Camera” and several ‘ad hoc’ ensembles.
Projects in the spotlight
Professor and conductor of the Koninklijke Muziekkapel van de Gidsen, Yves Segers, conducts the wind orchestra every year, the project where the brass players can really have the spotlight. In the spring of 2023, a work by Philippe Lamouris, combined with new work from the oeuvre for wind band and oeuvre from symphony orchestra, by daring, among other things, a new transcription of Sergei Prokofieff's L'amour des Trois Oranges. Finally, they ended with a climax, with music and movement coming together in the rousing, challenging and groundbreaking Libertadores by Óscar Navarro.
In the symphonic orchestra of autumn 2022, none other than conductor Bjarte Engeset came to teach our students the beauty of Scandinavian music. They performed Nielsen's Helios Overture, Elgar's Concerto in E minor for cello and orchestra with soloist João Gonçalves and Sibelius' second symphony.
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.
Come & visit us!
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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