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)|
|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|
|Encyclopedia and research||3|
|Foreign languages 1, 2||3||3|
|Acting for singers 1, 2||3||3|
|History of culture||3|
|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|
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.
Parallel to her studies of Egyptology at the University of Montpellier (obtaining a Master's degree in 1989), Valerie Guillorit also obtained in the same year a First Prize of modern violin at CNR Montpellier. She then followed the teaching of Enrico Gatti in Baroque violin class in Toulouse for 2 years.
In 1991, she moved to the Netherlands where she received a First Lyrical Song Award (in 1997) in the class of Margreet Honig, and also followed the teaching of eminent professors such as Thomas Hampson, Elly Ameling, Carolyn Watkinson, Udo Reinemann and David Wilson Johnson.
Passionate about teaching and the special pedagogical approach of Margreet Honig, she became her assistant at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam from 2001 to 2004. She has been appointed singing teacher there from 2004 until 2017, from 2011 at the CNSMDP in Paris and from 2017 at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
In 1997, after winning the prestigious Vriendenkrans Prize at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Jury Prize at the Lyric Art Competition in Clermont-Ferrand, she began an important solo career. She was regularly engaged under conductors such as Claus Peter Flor, Lev Markiz, Roy Goodman, Niklos Athinaeos, Jan Willem Vriend, Michel Tabachnik, and performed Benjamin Britten's Illuminations, Stravinsky's Puchinella, Villa Lobos's Bachianas Bresilieras nr. 5, Mozart's Requiem, Brahms's German Requiem, Franck's Seven Words of the Cross, Poulenc's Gloria, Handel's Messiah, Szymanovsky's Stabat Mater, Berlioz's Childhood of Christ, and J. S. Bach's Passions.
She performed at the opera in the Mozart roles of Susanna (Les Noces di Figaro) at the Opera Academy of Amsterdam, in the role of Bastienne (Bastien and Bastienne) at the Opera Academy of Amsterdam, in the role of Euridice (Orfeo and Euridice by Gluck) at the Opera Academy of Amsterdam, Delia (Fosca de Gomez) at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Zofia (Halka de Moniuszko) at the Tonhalle Zürich.
She was regularly involved in performing baroque repertoire and interpreted the roles of Drusilla (Incorronazione di Poppea of Monteverdi) at the Opera Academy Amsterdam), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) Festival Vlissingen, Venus (King Arthur) of Purcell at the Theater of Amsterdam, Romilda (Xersès of Händel). She also played the title role in The Human Voice of Poulenc at the Theater of Apeldoorn.
She was a regular guest at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tonhalle in Zürich, and festivals in Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France and Switzerland.
Her attachment to the repertoire of French Melody (Debussy, Poulenc, Caplet, Ravel, Barraine, Cras, Jolivet) and Spanish Songs (Granados, Obradors, Sor, De Falla, Lorca, Turina, Rodrigo) led her to give many Recitals in the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Italy, accompanied by pianists Paolo Giacometti, Irene Russo, Arthur Schoonewoerd, Frans van Ruth, Hans Adolfsen and guitarists Frédéric Zigante and Katona Twins. She also performs in chamber music with the Arriaga String Quartet.
She is a member of the Dutch Verso and Insomnio Ensembles dedicated to contemporary music (Le Marteau sans Maitre by Boulez at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam).
In 2008 she recorded with the organist Christine Kamp the works of Vierne for the label Festivo and in 2012 with the Ensemble Insomnio Le Marteau sans Maitre by Boulez for the label Encora.
Since many years she is giving masterclasses in France (Nice Summer Music Academy), Spain (Riuoms), Belgium (Udo Reinemann International Masterclass), Canada (Conservatory of Montreal), in Finland (Jyväskylä), Austria (Lübeck Choir Academie), Switzerland (Ins) and Germany (Hochschule Leipzig).
After solid studies in organ (with Susan Landale and Odile Bailleux) and writing (Yvonne Desportes' class), Yves Sotin joined the CNSM in Paris to pursue studies in Music History (Yves Gérard's class), Analysis (Betsy Jolas' class) and Early Music (William Christie's class). In counterpoint to all this, he works on singing with Jeannine Collard (mezzo soprano of the Paris Opera), David Pollard (professor at Guildhall School), Richard Miller (professor at the University of Oberlin in the USA), Irène Joachim (French repertoire work including the role of Pelléas). Very quickly, and in parallel with his career as an organist and singer, Yves Sotin turned towards pedagogy (he holds the C.A. de Chant) and became passionate about the great vocal traditions (both those of the Baroque period and those that developed throughout the 19th century) and the vast repertoire related to them. At a very young age, he taught in renowned regional conservatories (Angers, Toulouse) and later at the CRR of St Maur des Fossés, as well as at the Maitrise de Notre Dame de Paris, and at the CRR of Paris, where he trained many singers, some of them very prominent.
In 2005, the Ministry of Culture entrusted him with the task of preparing singing teachers for the Board of Directors. In 2012, Yves Sotin was appointed singing teacher at the CNSM in Paris. He has led numerous singing masterclasses (Haute Ecole de GenèveNeuchâtel, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, University of Angers, Lille, Poitiers, Salle de l'Institut d'Orléans, Centre Polyphonique de Bretagne...) During his entire career, Yves Sotin has been researching to increase pedagogy, in terms of phoniatry, speech and body disciplines and the history of the Bel Canto. He gives numerous conferences on topics such as vocal physiology, body postures and singing, the use of breath... He also gave a major lecture at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève on "Schubert's Song and German Romanticism". In 2017, he gave a lecture at the Hector Berlioz Media Library of the CNSM in Paris on "Les Méthodes et Traités de Chant du Conservatoire de Paris au XIXe siècle". In 2018, he again took a course session in Geneva on "The art of castration and its extension into the Bel Canto of the 19th century."
Jan Vande Weghe
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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