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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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Student Music

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Your subjects

Bachelor

Required subjects Ba1 (CR) BA2 (CR) BA3 (CR)
Voice I, II, III 18 21 27
Chamber music or vocal ensemble 1     6
Choir 1, 2 3 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
Applied Harmony 1, 2 , 3 6 6 6
Formal analysis     6
Encyclopedia and research 3    
Foreign languages 1, 2 3 3  
Body awareness 3    
Acting for singers 1, 2   3 3
History of culture     3
Optional subject      3
Total 60 60 60
Master
Required subjects Ma1 (CR) Ma2 (CR)
Voice IV, V (master exam) 30 30
Chamber music or vocal ensemble  2, 3 6 12
Formal analysis 2 6  
Introduction to philosophy 3  
Acting for singers 3, 4 3 3
Artistic Research Pratices 3  
Optional subject 12 15
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.

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Dinah Bryant

Dinah Bryant

Professor Voice

Cited as "a musician of distinction among singers" by the Washington Post, soprano Dinah Bryant consistently wins high praise for her international operatic and concert performances, Liederabends and recordings. Miss Bryant has performed more than 50 operatic roles throughout Europe and the Americas. She made her first foray into the music of Richard Wagner as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer at the Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in 1995 and joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 1996 making her house debut as Gerhilde in Die Walküre.

Miss Bryant has performed extensively as soloist with orchestra in Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony, Mahler Symphonies Nos. 2, 4, & 8, Orff's Carmina Burana, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, the Stabat Mater and Requiem of Dvorak, Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, Berlioz' L'Enfance du Christ, Ravel's Shéhérazade, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Handel's Messiah and Exultate, jubilate! and many concert arias of Mozart with the RTL Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the RAI Orchestra in Turino, l'Orchestre Municipal de Lille, the Liége Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Mexico, the Brighton Philharmonic, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Belgian Radio Orchestras, and the Maryland Symphony, to name a few.

Her recording of Strauss Lieder with pianist Daniel Blumenthal was the winner of a Golden Disc Award by Bruxelles-Europe Arts Magazine. Miss Bryant again joined Daniel Blumenthal in a highly praised CD of Wolf's Mörike Lieder on Autograph Records, followed by a collection of songs of Joseph Marx on Etcetera Records. Miss Bryant was the voice of the leading lady, Sophie, in the 1989 Academy Award-nominated film, Le Maitre de Musique (The Music Teacher) with José Van Dam, for which she was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque.

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Yu-Cheng Lu

Yu-Cheng Lu

Voice

Yu-Cheng was born in Taiwan, Maori. Since her childhood she was surrounded by music and singing. She initially studied at the Taiwan Normal University (Shih Ta) of Taipei, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Considering her interest in Western music, she moved to Europe in 1994 and continued her studies at the 'Conservatoire Municipal du 9ème Arrondissement' in Paris. She started a new program at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with an additional study in chamber music. She obtained her degree in pedagogy at the IMEP of Namur. She conceived her singing career in the National Experimental Choir of Taiwan and performed in Taiwan and the USA. Yu-Cheng is particularly passionate about the classical and romantic repertoire; she acted as First Lady in 'Die Zauberflöte' in Paris under the direction of Anna-Maria Bondi. Since then, there have been performances with various ensembles such as the Chœur de Chambre de Namur, Chapelle des Minimes and Laudantes Consort. She sang soloists in the Opera of Liège, La Monnaie Brussels, and the Saint Michael and Saint Gudula Cathedral Brussels. Recently she sang in the Na'musique Festival and during the Ghent Summer Festival (Arte Vocale).

She still refines her performance: for baroque music she works with Monique Zanetti, for the German song with Helmut Deutsch, Christa Ludwig and Udo Reinemann, and for the lyrical song with Margreet Honig, Sarah Walker and Vera Rósza. Because of her love for the romantic song she is still expanding her repertoire. Yu-Cheng is responsible for the vocals for instrumentalists at the KCB and is also vocal coach of the Choir of the KCB with David De Geest.

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Lena Lootens

Lena Lootens

Docent Zang

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Jan Vande Weghe

Jan Vande Weghe

Professor Voice Coaching

Jan Vande Weghe studied at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music, the Leuven Lemmensinstituut and the Hochschule der Künste Berlin with André De Groote, Daniel Blumenthal, Frans Van Beveren and Hans Leygraf. He also participated in master-classes by György Sebök, Peter Feuchtwanger and Irwin Gage. In his activities as a soloist and in chamber music, he has performed at international festivals in Belgium France, The Netherlands, Jerusalem, Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina. He has performed as a concerto soloist with the ‘Brussels Philharmonic’, ‘I Fiamminghi’, the KCB Symphonic Orchestra, the Brussels Sinfonietta conducted by M. Tabachnik, R.Zolmann, D.Angus and M.Tilkin and in October 2003, he opened the season of the Flemish Symphonic Orchestra with a tour along the major Belgian concert halls as the soloist in Beethoven’s 5th piano concerto (“Emperor”).

He is a greatly demanded partner as well as a lied accompanist as in chamber music. He has accompanied singers from all over the world and regularly accompanies master-classes with celebrities as Sarah Walker, Tom Krause, Sir Thomas Allen, Jard Van Nes, Udo Reinemann, Alexander Oliver and Ann Murray. In 2000, he was invited by the International Competition Queen Elisabeth of Belgium to be an official accompanist for the Singing Competition. Subsequently he has been giving several recitals with the 3rd Prize-winner, the soprano Olga Pasichnyk. He also forms a regular piano duo with pianist Peter Vanhove.

The Festival of Flanders conferred on him the ‘Festival Award’, he was selected as a graduate of the Belgian Vocation Foundation and he was also awarded the ‘Maurice Lefranc’ prize. Currently he is attached as a professor to the Brussels Royal Conservatory, coaching and accompanying the singing department. He was also involved in the research programme with a study on the relation between text and music in Brahms’ Lieder. He has made several recordings for the Belgian Radio and Television Broadcasting and appears on several CD recordings, both as a soloist and as an accompanist. In 2004 the Belgian Radio Broadcasting ‘Klara’ devoted an entire prime time program to this pianist, performing in a live recital alternated by interviews, recordings and guest speakers.  He is also regularly invited as a jury member for music competitions or master exams, as well as a panel member for radio or television (Chopin’s birthday, Queen Elisabeth Competition etc.).

In 2006 his solo CD with the programme “L’Avant-guerre 1911-1914” (FUG 701) was released and has been warmly acclaimed by the international press.

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Valérie Guillorit

Valérie Guillorit

Docent Zang, soprano

Nadat Valérie Guillorit haar vioolstudie aan het Conservatorium van Montpellier afgesloten had met een Premier Prix, wijdde ze zich volledig aan haar zangstudie aan het Conservatorium Van Amsterdam bij Margreet Honig, van wie zij van 2001 tot 2004 assistente is.
Ze kreeg ook lessen en Masterclasses van Elly Ameling, Udo Reinemann, Carolyn Watkinson, David Wilson Johnson, Thomas Hampson.

In 1997 won Valérie Guillorit de Vriendenkrans van het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam en de Juryprijs van het Concours de l'Art lyrique de Clermont Ferrand.
Zij zong rollen van Mozart: Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne, van Purcell Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Venus in King Arthur, van Haendel Romilda in Xerxes, van Gluck Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice, van Poulenc, la Voix in La Voix humaine, Van Gomes, Delia in Fosca.
Ook als liedzangeres maakt zij naam, waarbij ze vooral affiniteit heeft met het Franse repertoire ( liederen van o.a.Debussy, Poulenc, Caplet, Roussel, Ravel, Barraine, Cras, Jolivet) en het Spaanse repertoire ( Granados, Obradors, Sor, De Falla, Lorca, Turina, Rodrigo), zowel met piano ( Paolo Giacometti, Irene Russo, Arthur Schoonewoerd, Frans van Ruth, Hans Adolfsen) als met gitaar ( Katona Twins, Frédéric Zigante).
Ook zingt zij Russische en Italiaanse kamer muziek repertoire met het Ariaga kwartet.
Zij is ook lid van het Verso Ensemble ( zang, panfluit, gitaar) en van het Insomnio Ensemble, in Nederland, ( Boulez, Le Marteau sans Maître, in Concertgebouw Amsterdam), dat zich voornamelijk aan hedendaagse muziek wijdt.
Zij voert ook in Duitsland en Nederland uit " Immersion" van E. Rushton met H.White (saxofoon), Hans Adolfsen (piano). 

Valérie Guillorit treedt op in Nederland (o.a. Concertgebouw), Frankrijk en wordt uitgenodigd door talrijke festivals in Belgie, Duitsland, Nederland, Noorwegen, Italie, Zwitserland, Frankrijk.
Zij werkt met dirigenten als Lev Markiz, Claus Peter Flor, Roy Goodman, Niklos Athinaeos, Alexandre Siranocian, Jan Willem de Vriend, Michel Tabachnik. 
Zij geeft uitvoeringen van Bachianas Brasilieras (Vilaa-Lobos), Les Illuminations ( Britten), Pulcinella (stravinsky), L'Enfant Prodigue ( Debussy) en de belangrijkste Oratoria en Missen: Requiem (Mozart), Deutsches Requiem ( Brahms), Sept Paroles du Christ en Croix ( Franck), Gloria ( Poulenc), Petite Messe Solemnelle ( Rossini), Paulus ( Mendelssohn), Messiah ( Haendel), Stabat Mater ( Szymanovsky), L'Enfance du Christ ( Berlioz) en de Passionen van Bach.

Zij geeft regelmatig masterclasses in Frankrijk ( Versailles CMBV), Nice Academie d'été), Spanje, Belgie ( The Udo Reinemann International Masterclass, Koninklijk Conservatorium)), Duitsland ( Hochschule Leipzig), Nederland, Canada (Conservatoire de Montreal), Finland ( conservatorium Jyväskylä ), Iceland, Zwitserland ( Gezang zomer Ins).


Sinds juni 2004 is Valérie Guillorit als hoofdvakdocent zang verbonden aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam, sinds 2011 aan het Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris en sinds 2016 aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel.
 

Yves Sotin

Yves Sotin

Docent Zang, Bariton

Start aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel in het academiejaar van 2019-2020.

Na een uitgebreide studie orgel (bij Susan Landale en Odile Bailleux) en schrijven (klas van Yvonne Desportes), studeerde Yves Sotin verder aan de CNSM in Parijs in de muziekgeschiedenis (klas van Yves Gérard), analyse (klas van Betsy Jolas) en oude muziek (klas van William Christie).Tegelijkertijd werkt hij samen met Jeannine Collard (mezzosopraan van de Parijse Opera), David Pollard (docent aan de Guildhall School), Richard Miller (docent aan de Universiteit van Oberlin in de Verenigde Staten) en Irène Joachim (Frans repertoirewerk inclusief de rol van Pelléas). Al snel, en parallel aan zijn carrière als organist en zanger, richtte Yves Sotin zich op de pedagogie (hij is onder meer actief  bij het C.A. de Chant) en raakte gepassioneerd door de grote vocale tradities (zowel die van de barokke periode als die van de 19de eeuw) en het uitgebreide repertoire dat daarmee gepaard ging. Op zeer jonge leeftijd gaf hij les aan gerenommeerde regionale conservatoria (Angers, Toulouse) en later aan het CRR van St Maur des Fossés, aan de Maitrise de Notre Dame de Paris, en aan het CRR van Parijs, waar hij vele zangers opleidde, waaronder enkele zeer prominente.

In 2005 heeft het Ministerie van Cultuur hem de taak toevertrouwd om zangdocenten voor te bereiden op de Raad van Bestuur. In 2012 werd Yves Sotin benoemd tot zangdocent aan de CNSM in Parijs. Hij heeft talrijke masterclasses geleid (Haute Ecole de Genève-Neuchâtel, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Universiteit van Angers, Lille, Poitiers, Salle de l'Institut d'Orléans, Centre Polyphonique de Bretagne...) In de loop van zijn hele carrière heeft Yves Sotin onderzoek verricht ten dienste van de pedagogie, zowel op het vlak van de fonica, de logopedie, de lichaamsdisciplines als de geschiedenis van het Kuntomodel. Hij geeft tal van conferenties over onderwerpen als vocale fysiologie, lichaamshoudingen en zang, het gebruik van de adem.... Hij gaf ook een grote lezing aan het Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève over "Schuberts lied en Duitse romantiek".  In 2017 gaf hij een lezing in de mediatheek Hector Berlioz van de CNSM in Parijs over "Les Méthodes et Traités de Chant du Conservatoire de Paris au XIXe siècle". In 2018 gaf hij een cursus in Genève over "De kunst van het castreren en de uitbreiding ervan tot de Bel Canto van de 19e eeuw".

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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.