- You want to pursue your passion for playing guitar 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 tests.
With your degree in Guitar, you can become, f.e. a freelance soloist, play in a (chamber music) ensemble or become an accompanist. 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.
Making music with others is important for your development and therefore compulsory during your studies. As a guitarist, you will study chamber music to prepare you for likely collaborations that await you in your professional life.
Seminar & Masterclasses
Renowned guest professors from Belgium and abroad are invited to pass on their knowledge to you. In recent years, we welcomed Augustin Wiedemann and Raphaella Smits.
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.
My favorite part of the guitar program is the warm, positive energy that is fueled by inspiration under the phenomenal mentor, Antigoni. She not only is an incredible guitarist herself, but she knows what each student needs individually both on and off stage. Her humility, humanity, and warm energy is seen and felt throughout the studio. In addition, I find the courses in general at KCB to be integrated really well and feel that you can truly learn a lot if you look for those connections and listen with open ears. Overall, I find this nurturing environment to work really well for me personally and have seen myself grow as a result.
After your study
Professional music career
With a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Guitar from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, you can choose many professional directions. Who knows, you might end up:
- in a (inter)nationally renowned ensemble
- in a grand concert hall as soloist
- 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)|
|Guitar I, II, III||24||24||27|
|Chamber music 1, 2||6||6|
|Choir 1, 2||3||3|
|Theory and ear training 1, 2||4||4|
|Rhythm and intonation 1, 2||5||5|
|Harmony and analysis 1, 2, 3||9||9||9|
|History of music||6|
|Modules 'History of music'||6||6|
|Applied harmony 1, 2||3||9|
|Encyclopedia and research||3|
|Posture and movement||3|
|History of culture||3|
|Required subjects||Ma1 (CR)||Ma2 (CR)|
|Guitar IV, V (master exam)||27||30|
|Chamber music 3, 4||6||12|
|Historical music 1, 2||6||6|
|Formal analysis 1, 2||6||6|
|Applied harmony 3||6|
|Introduction to philosophy||3|
|Artistic Research Practices||3|
Alumni in focus
Yiannis has given recitals and chamber music concerts in Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, UK, Austria and the Netherlands in reputable concert halls such as Palais des Beaux Arts, Flagey (Brussels), Palacio Chigi (Siena), Seu Vella (Lleida), Megaron Concert Hall (Thessaloniki) and King’s college chapel (London). Currently he is guitar and chamber music professor at the Music Studies Department-University of Ioannina in Greece.
Maarten has performed as soloist and in several chamber music formations from Lithuania to Jordan and from the USA to China. Since 2018, Maarten has been the fourth member of the Four Aces guitar quartet, with which he will record a second album entirely dedicated to Belgian music in 2022 after the earlier Tabula Rasa. Maarten is actively involved in the Volterra Project, an innovative summer guitar course. Meanwhile, he is assistant Applied Harmony (for guitarists) and Coordinator Music for the Educatieve Master in de Kunsten at KCB, and professor of guitar at KASK&Conservatorium Gent.
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.
The Greek guitarist Antigoni Goni is an internationally acclaimed soloist and recording artist, sought after pedagogue and festival organizer, who performs extensively in Europe, Russia, North and South America and the far East, from Wigmore Hall, to the Bolshoi Theater, to Carnegie Hall.
Antigoni Goni is a British council, Royal Academy and Juilliard School scholar. In her long list of her competition pries and awards are the prestigious Julian Bream prize (received from Julian Bream himself) and the first prize of the 1995 Guitar Foundation of America Competition.
Her teachers include Julian Bream, Sharon Isbin, Oscar Ghiglia, John Mills and Evangelos Assimakopoulos . Today she brings her internationally acclaimed expertise to universities and music academies around the world.
She is the founder of the Guitar Department at the Juilliard Pre-College Division (that she also chaired and taught for 10 years), adjunct professor at the Columbia University until 2005, as well as an honorary Associate Professor (ARAM) at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Since 2005 Antigoni Goni is the head of the Guitar Department at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels. In 2007 she founded the Volterra Project, Summer Guitar Institute, a successful international workshop.
Project in the spotlight
The 2023 Brussels Guitar Laboratory was a great success! The theme was the iconic figure of Agustin Barrios Mangoré. The guitar festival had masterclasses, concerts by our teacher Antigoni Goni, lectures and workshops.
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. Info & tickets via the agenda or subscribe to our newsletter with the red button.
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.