Gamba
bachelor of master in de Kunsten

VIOLA DA GAMBA

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 focuses 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.

Joachim
Joachim
Student Music
Bachelor
Required Subjects Ba1 (Credits) BA2 (Credits) BA3 (Credits)
Main instrument I, II, III 18 18 24
Chamber Music I, II, III 6 6 6
Repertoirestudy/sight reading 1, 2   3 3
Theorie of hist.performance practices. 1, 2, 3 6 6 6
Orchestra/consort. 1,2,3 3 3 3
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
Total Credits 60 60 60
Master
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  
Theory of historical performance practice 4, 5 6 6
Orchestra/consort 4,5 6 6
Philosophy and aesthetics of early music 2 3  
Study of sources/edition   6
Artistic Research Practices 3 6
Optional Subjects 3  
Total Credits 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.

Docenten KCB
Philippe Pierlot

Philippe Pierlot

Professor Viola Da Gamba

The Belgian viola da gamba player, Philippe Pierlot, started by studying guitar and lute. Later he decided to concentrate entirely on the viola da gamba.

Philippe Pierlot directs the Ricercar Consort ensemble with whom he interprets mostly works of the 17th century, revealing unknown compositions to the public. Several contemporary pieces were written for him, and he is also one of the rare «baryton» players, very peculiar instrument for which Haydn wrote more than 150 trios and other pieces.

Among his recordings specially should be mentioned Heinrich Schütz’ oratorios Auferstehung» and Sieben Worte , German 17th Century Works for Viols, Défense de la Basse de Viole,... In 1995 he started the recording of the complete works of Marin Marais,and in 1998, he realised an adaptation for viols and plucked instruments of the opera Ritorno d’Ulisse, given in important European festivals with great succes (Berlin,Vienna...)

Philippe Pierlot is frequently invited to direct important works which he restores or adapts. For example, in 1999, Marais’ Sémélé,which had not been performed for 300 years, and for which he recomposed the missing instrumental parts.

Philippe Pierlot taught at the Hochscule fûr Musik, Trossingen, Germany. He now teaches at the Brussels and The Hague Conservatories.

Contact Philippe:

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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 secretariaat.kcb@ehb.be.