- You want to pursue your passion for playing the traverso 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 test.
With your degree in Traverso, you can become a freelance musician or play in an orchestra/ensemble. 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.
Orchestra / Ensemble
Making music in a group format is important for your development and therefore compulsory during your studies. As a traverso player, you can join the HIPP orchestra.
Seminar & Masterclasses
Renowned guest professors from Belgium and abroad are invited to pass on their knowledge to you. In recent years, Kate Clark, among others, has given a masterclass on the renaissance flute.
You will get 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.
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.
After your study
Professional music career
With a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Music from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, you can choose many professional directions. Who knows, you might end up:
- in a (inter)nationally renowned orchestra or ensemble
- 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 (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|
Alumnus in focus
Géraldine Clément graduated in the flute class of Carlos Bruneel in 2015 and in the historical flutes class of Frank Theuns in 2019. After winning several competitions (Dexia Classic, Adams Competitions for Bachelor and Masters, Supernova…) and participating to EUYO and other youth orchestras, she is active as a freelance musician in both historical and modern orchestras such as La Monnaie, Gli Angeli Geneva, Collegium Vocale Ghent, Anima Eterna Bruges, Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, and others. She is a member of the duo Eidos and ensemble Tmesis. Since 2018, she is teaching chamber music at KCB, assists Katlijn Sergeant for the piccolo class and assisted Carlos Bruneel for three years until his retirement.
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.
Frank Theuns studied at the ‘Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Brussel’. His interest in historical instruments brought him to old music from a very young age, by playing traverso and recorder.
With his ensemble 'Les Buffardins' he released a representative choice of the traverso literature on CD for the label Accent. These recordings were often awarded by the international music press (Diapason d'Or ......). In 2006 he recorded the flute-harp concerto by W.A. Mozart with Anima Eterna Brugge led by Jos Van Immerseel.
Since 1989 he is professor traverso at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel and at Luca, School of Arts Leuven. He is regularly invited for giving masterclasses at Conservatorio del Esmuc Barcelona, Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Den Haag, ‘Internationale Händel-Akademie Karlsruhe, ‘International Flute symposium’ Atlanta, ‘Schwetzinger Hofmusik-Akademie’....
As a soloist and solo-flutist of Anima Aeterna Brugge, Europa Galante and La Petite Bande he played in the most important international concerthalls like Carnegie Hall New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Musikverein etc.
Winner of the Cziffra Foundation's annual auditions, Anna Besson studied modern and early flutes at the Conservatoires Supérieurs de Musique de Paris and Geneva.
As an active and versatile performer, Anna has spent several years developing her experience as a soloist and orchestral musician within ensembles such as orchestre of Opéra de Paris, La Chambre Philharmonique, Le Concert Spirituel, Insula Orchestra, Le Concert d'Astrée, Orfeo 55, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roi, Insula Orchestra and as a founding member of quartet Nevermind.
She has also played in such prestigious concert halls and festivals as Boston Early Music Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival, MA Festival Bruges, Salzburger Festspiele, Royaumont, Via Staelle, Festival Mezzo, Barbican Center, Melbourne Recital Center, Hamburg Philharmony, Opera
de Paris, etc.
As a founding member of a nocte temporis (dir. Reinoud Van Mechelen), Anna searches for ways to use her music to transcend the 18th- and 19th-century chamber music repertoire with flute. "Erbarme dich", their début CD on the Alpha Classics label, has been released to critical acclaim (CHOC de Classica, five Diapasons, Price Caecilia) and features JS Bach works for tenor and traverso.
As a soloist, her discography includes Telemann's « Concerto for traverso and recorder » with Erik Bosgraaf (Brilliant classics), Molter's « Concerto for traverso in D major » with Die Kölner Akademie (CPO), « The Dubhlinn Gardens » -18th Century Irish music with a nocte temporis (Alpha), Telemann's « Parisian Quartets » with quartet Nevermind (Alpha Classics) and next fall will be released her first solo album for romantic flute with fortepianist Olga Pashchenko featuring works by Beethoven, Kuhlau, Doppler and Walckiers (Alpha).
In addition, passionate about traditional music and dance, the intense focus on the Irish flute leads her to make researches about Irish repertoire of the 18th- and 19th-century.
Equally at home on the traverso, modern flute and romantic flute, Anna is regularly invited to give masterclasses in France and abroad and was jury member of the International Van Wassenaer Chamber Music Competition in Utrecht in 2018.
As of the academic year 2020-2021, Anna Besson teaches Traverso at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, succeeding Frank Theuns.
Project in the spotlight
In the year 2021, KCB performed their New Year's concert digitally for the first time! In the concert << Das alte Jahr ist nun vergahn >> our HIPP department performed music by Michael Praetorius (1571-1621). A wonderful project that still resonates.
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.
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. Subscribe to our newsletter and stay informed.
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.
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