Natural Trumpet
bachelor of master in de Kunsten

Natural Trumpet

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

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

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.

Niranjan Wijewickrema professor KCB

Niranjan Wijewickrema

Professor Natural Trumpet

Niranjan Wijewickrema, Ph.D., Visiting Professor at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel. 
Trumpeter and Musicologist Niranjan Wijewickrema obtained various degrees (Solfeggio, specialized Solfeggio, History of Music & Harmony) during his musical studies at the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and Mons.  
He studied Trumpet with Pierre Thibaud (Paris) and Jerome Callet (New York) before gaining his trumpet degrees in the classes of Antoine Acquisto (IMEP, Namur) and Friedemann Immer (HfM, Köln). 
His  Ph.D. dissertation in Musicology (HfM, Karlsruhe) "Der Gebrauch der Trompete in den gedruckten Kantantenjahrgängen Georg Philipp Telemanns" was achieved under the supervison of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Edward Hankins Tarr  (†) and received with the mention cum Laude. 
He has been leading a free-lance trumpeter career across Europe (e.g.: second Brandenburg Concerto at the Ruhr-Klassik Festival, world première of Victor Kissine's Opéra Pompier) before focusing his interest on research an pedagogy. 
He has taught Natural Trumpet both at the Académie de Musique de Woluwe-Saint-Lambert and the IMEP (Namur), and gave various master-classes (Bundesakademie für Kulturelle Bildung Wolfenbüttel, International Summer Academy Alden Bilzen). 
He currently teaches Natural Trumpet at the HIPP Department of the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel;  his class   has over the years confirmed its status of career launch pad for top baroque trumpeters of the uprising generation, as for instance: Sander Kintaert or Bruno Fernandes (cf. videos below)

Contact Niranjan:


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?

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