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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Philosophy and aesthetics of early music 2||3|
|Study of sources/edition||6|
|Artistic Research Practices||3||6|
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, 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)