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. 

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Student Music

Your subjects


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
Optional subjects     6
Total  60 60 60
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  
Optional subjects 9 12
Total  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.

Karel Schoofs

Karel Schoofs

Professor Oboe

During his studies at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp which he concluded as primus of his academic year, Karel Schoofs became a member of the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders.

In 1996 he was appointed as principal oboe at the National Orchestra of Belgium under chief conductors Yuri Simonov, Mikko Franck and Walter Weller. Since 2008 he holds the same position at the Rotterdam Philharmonic under chief conductors Valerie Gergiev and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

He is been invited for concerts and recordings with most orchestras and opera houses in Belgium and the Netherlands and he is sought after as chamber musician with ensembles like Oxalys, Quatuor Danel, Combattimento Consort Amstyerdam, I Solisti del Vento…

He also appeared at international chamber music festivals such as Storioni Festival and Schiermonnikoog Chamber music Festival.

Karel Schoofs is also active in other culture domains: in Jazz-music with the ‘Dowland project’ and in the theater productions ‘verses of Live and Death’ and ‘Watermusic’.

In 2010 he made his debut as a soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic playing music of Mozart and Bellini. He also played as a soloist at the Festival of Flanders, with the Belgian Kamerfilharmonie, the Brabant Orchestra and at the World exhibition in  Shanghai. In 2014 he played the Dutch première of James MacMillan’s oboe concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic.

Karel Schoofs is member of the chamber music group MP21, which was founded at the music festival ARAM in France where he also gave masterclasses.

Since 2007 he forms a musical duo with Anneleen Lenaerts, solo-harp of the Wiener Philharmoniker.

Contact Karel:


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?

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