bachelor of master in de Kunsten


For whom?

  • You want to pursue your passion for playing trumpet 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.

Your future

With your degree in Trumpet, 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 trumpet player, you can join wind orchestra, symphony orchestra or the brass ensemble for example.

Seminar & Masterclasses

Renowned guest professors from Belgium and abroad are invited to pass on their knowledge to you. In recent years, we welcomed Guido Segers, Sławomir Cichor & Gábor Tarkövi.


You will have 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. 

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Student Muziek

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
Trompet KCB (f Tom De Beuckelaer)

Further studies

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.


Artistic researcher

Interested in a career as an artistic researcher? KCB organises various events around research and also offers you the opportunity to do a PhD in collaboration with the Brussels Arts Platform and the VUB (university).

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 1, 2, 3 6 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 27  
Master exam   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

More information about your subjects.

Alumni in focus

Joris de Rijbel

Joris de Rijbel

Joris has been first trumpet with the Copenhagen Phil since 2015 and before that he was part of the trumpet section in The Danish National Symphony Orchestra. With his open-minded attitude, his assimilation talent, his recognisable tone and his musicality that is so natural, he impresses in everything he does.

Sander Kintaert

Sander has played with several international orchestras and ensembles such as Il Gardellino, B'Rock Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Collegium Vocale, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Symfonieorkest van de Munt, etc. In April 2017, Sander won first prize at the International IMEP RIC competition in Namur in the 'baroque trumpet' category. In addition to playing as a freelance musician, Sander also teaches at the Academies of Geraardsbergen, Lennik and Ghent (MAGO).

Sander Kintaert

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:


Projects in the spotlight

Harmonieorkest KCB

Libertadores | Wind Orchestra

Professor and conductor of the Koninklijke Muziekkapel van de Gidsen, Yves Segers, conducts the wind orchestra every year, the project where the brass players can really have the spotlight. In the spring of 2023, a work by Philippe Lamouris, combined with new work from the oeuvre for wind band and oeuvre from symphony orchestra, by daring, among other things, a new transcription of Sergei Prokofieff's L'amour des Trois Oranges. Finally, they ended with a climax, with music and movement coming together in the rousing, challenging and groundbreaking Libertadores by Óscar Navarro.

Goeyvaerts 100 | Contemporary Ensemble

Brass players are also welcome to join the contemporary ensemble led by professor and conductor Bart Bouckaert. In spring 2023, they took a closer look at the works of Karel Goeyvaerts.

KCB (f Tom De Beuckelaer)

Your campus

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?

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Regent KCB

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.

Go abroad

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.


Visit us!

Info Moments

We organise several info moments during the second semester, such as (online) info days and open class moments.


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. Info & tickets via the agenda or subscribe to our newsletter with the red button.


Nieuwjaarsconcert (f Reda Izo)

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.


KCB (f Tom)

Any question?

For more information on this programme you can contact the student administration via