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.
|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|
|Analysis of musical forms 1||6|
|Encyclopedia and research||3|
|Posture and movement||3|
|History of culture||3|
|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|
|Analysis of musical forms 2||6|
|Introduction to philosophy||3|
|Artistic Research Practices||3|
Liesbeth Baelus studied with our violin professor Yuzoko Horigome. Since graduating from the KCB in 2011 she has toured in many countries in Europe and far beyond.
As a solist she performed with, among others: The Euregion Symphonic Orchestra, Les Symphonistes Européens and the Koninklijke Muziekkapel van de Gidsen. A part from her soloist work Liesbeth is also active in various chambermusic ensembles.
Bas Treub studied at the KCB with Philippe graffin until 2013 and is now the principle 2nd violin of the Nederlands Kamerorkest.
A part from this Bas has worked as guest concertmaster at the Philharmonia Orchestra, het Gelders Orkest en het Orpheus Sinfonia and often plays as freelance violist with ensembles like the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, de Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, London Sinfonietta and Spira Mirabilis.
Fien Van den Fonteyne
Fien Van den Fonteyne studied the violin at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel in the class of Yossif Ivanov.
Fien is a regular performer with various orchestras like the Brussels Philharmonic, de Vlaamse Opera, het Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Prima La Musica and the Nationaal Orkest van Belgie (NOB) and she is now a full-time violin player at the Symfonie Orkest Vlaanderen.
Mézes Mátyás graduated in 2016 from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel and has since then been the concertmaster of The Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra in Košice, Slowakije.
Nicolas Dupont graduated from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel in 2015 and has been very active with various chambermusic ensembles like the Kugoni Trio and the Duo Andaluza.
Nicolas is a visiting professor violin at the King's College Londen and has numerous recordings to his name.
Helga Thora Bjorgvinsdottir
Helga Thora Bjorgvinsdottir comes from Iceland and finished here Master studies at the KCB with professor Kati Sebestyen in 2013.
Helga is 1st violin with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and performs all over Iceland and the world.
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.
First prize winner in the 1980 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition Yuzuko Horigome (born 1957) has brought her virtuosity and rich musical mind to audiences all over the world.
She has also appeared as a soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras, including the London Symphony, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Scala di Milano, Czech Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and NHK Symphony.
She has shared her passion for music on stage with exceptional artists like Rudolf Serkin, János Starker, Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Charles Neidich, Jean-Marc Luisada and Abdel Rahman El Bacha. Horigome's prominent recordings are Mozart Complete Concertos with Sándor Végh and Camerata Academia, Violin Works (series no.1 - 5) as well as her recent recording Brahms Concerti with the Czech Philharmonic.
Based in Belgium as a professor at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Yuzuko Horigome has been active in masterclass projects. She annually gives masterclasses in Cassero, Italy, and Trinity College Cambridge, UK. Horigome herself studied under Mr Toshiya Eto at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. Now she is often on the jury at numerous international competitions including the Sendai International Music Competition, where she chairs the jury.
Acclaimed as “a player of impressive authority and presence” (The Strad) and “one of the top violinists of tomorrow” (Diapason), Yossif Ivanov, has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting violinists of his generation. At the age of 16 he was awarded First Prize at the Montreal International Competition, and two years later the Second Prize, as well as the Public Prize, at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Over the past seasons Yossif Ivanov has made acclaimed debuts in all the major European halls. He has performed with orchestras such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, Vancouver Symphony, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Lucerne Symphony, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Milano Verdi Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Luxemburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, as well as all major Belgian orchestras.
He has collaborated with well-known conductors such as Neëme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Kazushi Ono, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Philippe Herreweghe, Jaap Van Zweden, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Ion Marin, Yuri Simonov, Louis Langrée and John Axelrod.In 2010 he was invited to tour North America with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (under Vladimir Jurowski) and made his Asian debut (Malaysian Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony Orchestras).
Born in Moscow to the family of the illustrious Oistrakhs, Valery Oistrakh represents the third generation of great violin virtuosi beginning with his grandfather David and followed by his father Igor.Valery Oistrakh took his first violin lessons from his grandfather David. He then studied at the famous Central Music School in Moscow where father Igor actually graduated. He continued his studies at the Gnessin Music-Pedagogical Institute in his native city. Some years later Valery completed his violin education in Germany with the world known professor Zakhar Bron - who in fact was also a disciple of his father at the Moscow Conservatory.
With his awe-inspiring technique, silky tone and consummate artistry he has beguiled audiences the world over performing on the great concert stages of Russia, United States, Canada, Australia, England, France, Germany. Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Japan... He has played as both violinist and violist with world-leading orchestras as the Moscow and Leningrad Philharmonics, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish National Symphony, Orchestre Colonne de Paris, Orchestra Santa Cecilia di Roma, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester , Toronto and Vancouver Symphonies, Sydney Symphony... He has been accompanied by such notable conductors as Kurt Mazur, Gennady Rozdestvensky, Yuri Simonov, Muhai Tang, Gyorgy Lehel, Saulius Sondetzkis, Vladimir Fedoseev, Tibor Varga, Yuri Botnari, Marco Parisotto…
Mr. Oistrakh was a winner at the All-Russian Competition of the former Soviet Union and the Tibor Varga International Competition in Switzerland, among others. He is the leader of the "Oistrakh Ensemble" and the "Oistrakh Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra" based in Germany.
Music runs in the Sluchin family and Naaman quite naturally chose to devote himself to the violin. His studies and artistic career have been guided by a passion for novelty and eclecticism: his technique owes to the Russian school, the American school (through his training at Bloomington and at the Julliard School) as well as to the famous Franco-Belgian school that followed Eugène Ysaye’s teaching. He is also a graduate of Basel’s Schola Cantorum in baroque violin.
For seven years he was a member of the Diotima quartet, performed around the world in prestigious halls and festivals, and recorded award-winning CDs, including Musique américaine (Reich, Crumb, and Barber) and Quatuors de Janáček (Diapasons d'Or de l'année, Choc de Classica). For five years, Naaman also performed in Haim, à la lumière d'un violon, sharing the stage with actors Anouk Grinberg, Natacha Régnier and Mélanie Doutey at the salle Gaveau, and on French and European tours.
Naaman’s repertoire keeps evolving thanks to his involvement with different chamber music groups, such as the Ensemble Talisma with Piet Kuijken et Amy Norrington and the Kitgut Quartet, a period instrument string quartet in which he plays with Amandine Beyer. He is also solo violinist for Emmanuel Krivine’s Chambre Philharmonique orchestra, performs with the Cairn ensemble, and plays alongside Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas dance company in a show entitled Achterland and choreographed around Ysaye’s violin sonatas.
Violinist Philippe Graffin has established an indisputable reputation for his interpretations of the French repertoire, natural perhaps for one of the few pupils of Josef Gingold, himself a pupil of Ysaye for whom most of the violin repertoire of this era was written.
As concerto soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as The Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken the Residentie Orkest, Gothenburg Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra di Padova et del Veneto and St Petersburg Philharmonic.
Graffin performs works of many living composers such as Dutilleux and Saariaho and has had works written for him by Rodion Shchedrin, Vytautas Barkaukas, David Matthews, Philippe Hersant and Yves Prin. Following a performance of his Concerto Cantabile with Rostropovich conducting, Shchedrin wrote Concerto Parlando for Graffin which is now awaiting release on CD.
Philippe is a highly sought after chamber musician and is founder and artistic director of the “Consonances” chamber music festival of St Nazaire, France which in 2012 marked the 150th anniversary of Debussy. Recent highlights include concerts with the Georges Eneso Philharmonic in Bucharest and a recital in Venice at the Palazzetto Bru-Zane, televised by Mezzo as well as recitals in the summer at many French festivals including the Festival d’Orangerie de Sceaux. Graffin also featured on a BBC 4 documentary on Delius, performing Delius’s ‘Legende’ for violin and piano.
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.
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