Royal Conservatory of Brussels

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Royal Conservatory of Brussels

The Royal Conservatory of Brussels ( French Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles , Dutch Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel ) is the most important university for music and drama in Belgium . It has existed since 1813 and was given its current official title in 1832.


The Royal Conservatory Brussels was as École Royale de Musique by a decree of King William I founded. After the Belgian Revolution , François-Joseph Fétis , who was commissioned by King Leopold I in 1832, organized a music academy based on the model of the Paris Conservatory.

The conservatory in Brussels was originally housed in the palace of the Thurn and Taxis family . The current building in neo-renaissance style, consisting of three wings arranged around a courtyard , is the work of the architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar and was built between 1872 and 1876.

In 1877 it was decided to add a musical instrument museum to the Conservatory, from which today's Musical Instrument Museum Brussels (MIM) developed.

In 1967 the French-speaking “Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles” and the Dutch-speaking “Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel” were separated. The two institutions work autonomously, but the administrations are in the same building. The Dutch- speaking part has been affiliated with the Erasmushochschule Brussels ("Erasmushogeschool Brussel") since 1995 , and also teaches in English.

The two departments jointly manage a rich music library. This library contains around 250,000 sheet music and books on music, musicology and music education and a small collection of recordings (mostly vinyl). The origins of the library go back to the collection of the first director, Fétis, and to important acquisitions by the later director, Alfred Wotquenne . The library is open to the public.


Faculty and alumni

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Library catalog

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