Royal Conservatory of Brussels

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Royal Conservatory of Brussels
Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel
Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles
Royal Conservatory of Brussels
Principal Peter Swinnen (Flemish entity)
Frédéric de Roos (French entity)
Location Brussels, Belgium
Website (Flemish entity) (French entity)

Starting its activity in 1813, the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles) received its official name in 1832. Since, Royal Conservatory of Brussels is the main drama and music college in Belgium. An academy for acting and the arts, it has been attended by many of the top actors and actresses in Belgium such as Josse De Pauw, Luk van Mello and Luk De Konink. Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, also studied at the Brussels Conservatory.

In 1967, the institution split into two separate entities: the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, which teaches in Dutch, and the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, which continued teaching in French.


The current Royal Conservatory building consists of three wings arranged around a courtyard, the work of architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer, built to his designs between 1872 and 1876.

The style is neo-Renaissance, influenced by the Lescot Wing of the Louvre. The right wing contains an ornate concert hall. The decorative program of the facade is very elaborate, with five separate pediment sculptures (Instrumental Music by Liège sculptor Adolphe Fassin, Orchestration by Charles van der Stappen, Composition by Antwerp sculptor Frans Deckers, Performing Arts by Antoine-Félix Bouré, and Poetry by Tournai sculptor Barthélemy Frison) and other incidental work including garlands, caryatids, palm trees and musical instruments by sculptors Georges Houtstont, Paul de Vigne, Antoine-Joseph Van Rasbourgh, Auguste Braekevelt, and Égide Mélot.


Directors of the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel[edit]

Directors of the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 50°50′20″N 4°21′21″E / 50.8390°N 4.3558°E / 50.8390; 4.3558