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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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.

Manu Mellaerts

Manu Mellaerts

Docent Trompet

Emmanuel Mellaerts started his musical education at the Academy in Tienen. He studied the trumpet, chamber music and pedagogy at the Lemmens-Institute in Leuven and then at the Brussels Conservatory where he obtained the Higher degree for trumpet and chamber music.

After having worked with P.Thibaud in Paris, R. Delmotte in Versailles and    E. Tarr in Basel, he won the Belgian “Tenuto” contest in  1985 and was price-winner at the international trumpet- contest in Toulon (Fr.) in 1987. From 1984 until 1986 he was solo trumpet at the Flamish Radio orchestra, and also teacher at the Lemmens-Institute in Leuven until 1987.

He is professor at the Brussels Conservatory since 1986 and 1st solo-trumpet at the Orchestra of the National Opera “La Monnaie “(Brussels).

He performs with chamber music ensembles, works as a guest-conductor with youth and wind orchestras and as a soloist he plays in many European countries, especially the baroque and classical repertoire. For many years, he plays a large repertoire together with the famous Belgian organ-player Luc Ponet al over the world.

Solo performances with these orchestras, “De Munt”, the "Vlaams Radio Orkest"., the “Beethoven Academie”, “I Fiaminghi”, the “Collegium Instrumentale Brugense”, “l’Orchestre de Wallonie”, "the Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina", and many others…

He has been regularly invited as a guest-teacher on international summer courses in Spain, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, U.K., France and Norway. He is also the artistic director of the brass ensemble “BELGIAN BRASS”.

In 2007 Manu became the Musical Director of “Festival Brass Band”.

Contact Manu:


Admission Tests

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