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Royal Conservatory of Brussels

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)
.be.conservatoirewww (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.


  • Building 1
  • Directors 2
  • Directors of the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel 3
  • Directors of the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles 4
  • Notable faculty 5
  • Notable alumni 6
  • External links 7


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 Paul de Vigne, Antoine-Joseph Van Rasbourgh, Auguste Braekevelt, and Égide Mélot.


Directors of the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel

  • 1966-1994: Kamiel D'Hooghe (in Dutch)
  • 1994-2004: Arie Van Lysebeth (in Dutch)
  • 2004-2008: Raf D'Haene
  • 2008-present: Peter Swinnen

Directors of the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles

  • 1966–1973: Camille Schmit (in French)
  • 1974–1987: Eric Feldbusch (in French)
  • 1987–2002: Jean Baily (in French)
  • 2003–present: Frédéric de Roos

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

External links

  • Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel
  • Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles

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