bachelor of master in de Kunsten


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.

Student Music
Required Subjects Ba1 (Credits) BA2 (Credits) BA3 (Credits)
Main instrument I, II, III 18 18 24
Chamber Music I, II, III 3 6 6
Basso Continuo/Applied Harmony 1,2,3 6 6 6
Theory of hist.performance practices. 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
Basso Continuo 9 6
Theory of historical performance practice 4, 5 6 6
Philosophy and aesthetics of early music 2 3  
Study of sources/edition 3  
Artistic Research Practices   6
Optional Subjects 3  
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.

Herman Stinders

Herman Stinders

Professor Harpsichord

Herman Stinders studied harpsichord with Jos Van Immerseel at Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen. Since then he has given numerous concerts, including at Currende (E. Van Nevel) and Collegium Vocale (P. Herreweghe). Herman Stinders teaches harpsichord and chamber music historical instruments at the Brussels Conservatory.

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Bart Naessens

Bart Naessens

Head of Programme Music | Historical & Professor Harpischord

After his organ studies with Chris Dubois, Bart Naessens studied at Lemmensinstituut in Leuven organ with Luc Ponet and harpsichord with Kris Verhelst, where he obtained both Master’s degrees. At the end of September 2005, he received the specialization diploma in organ with the greatest distinction, with an exam in Paris around 'French symphonic organ music'.

He received masterclasses with Ben van Oosten, Ludger Lohmann, Louis Robillard, Leo Van Doeselaar, Menno van Delft, Trevor Pinnock, etc.

In the last few years he concentrated on 'old music' and the correct historical performance practice. He is a sought-after accompanist and is seen more and more, both solo and in chamber music, on concert stages at home and abroad. He has worked with prominent musicians and several renowned ensembles and orchestras such as Currende, Il Gardellino, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Choir and Orchestra of the Royal Mint Theater, Flemish Radio Choir and Orchestra, The am'rous flute, the Beethovenacademie, Muziektheater Transparant, etc.

Bart increasingly focuses on conducting and is regularly asked as guest conductor. He is conductor of the Bruges choir Vagantes Morborum and the Royal Ghent Oratorium Association, where he has already conducted many prestigious projects, including Paulus and Elias van F. Mendelssohn, Christmas Oratorio and Matthew Passion of J.S. Bach, Coronation Anthems and Ode for St.-Caecilia's Day by G.F. Haendel, Die Jahreszeiten, 9th symphony by Beethoven, etc.

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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:

Any question?

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