Studying at this conservatorium fulfils a lifelong dream and provides a warm, supportive atmosphere, shares the violinist

Edith (brussels) pc Tom De Beuckelaer

Edith Cnockaert © Tom De Beuckelaer

It was one of my life’s goals to be accepted into the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, so it was an easy decision to confirm my place when I got in! It has such a rich history, with so many famous musicians having been there in the past. And the 150-year-old building is a beautiful place to study. The institution is quite small, which creates a close bond between students, teachers and administration. On a typical day at the school I have theoretical classes in the morning, eat lunch and catch up with friends, then have individual practice or other lessons. All subjects are taught at a very high level, including anything that’s optional, so it gives us a very balanced musical education.

The standard of teaching is also very high. The faculty consists of pre-eminent musicians who are successful players themselves. We get so many opportunities to perform publicly, which I really enjoy. We’re lucky to have a big concert hall with excellent acoustics. It is most famous for hosting the preliminary rounds of the Queen Elisabeth Competition.

Brussels is a perfect place for students. It’s easy to connect with others because you feel constantly surrounded by your peers, and you won’t get lost because it’s quite a small city. The school is very close to the beautiful, historic centre, and there are lots of nice cafés around, which create a warm atmosphere.

The school prepares each student to the fullest – not only as a musician but as a person as well. There are so many stage opportunities to strengthen one’s performance skills. For those wondering whether to apply I would definitely recommend it if you want to immerse yourself in the musical world. I’d say the school is one of the best; there are great teachers and lots of different opportunities to be had. It is the optimal place to develop yourself musically, evidenced by the fact that it has historically produced so many versatile musicians.

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