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classical music

‘Tradition is the passing of the flame, not the worshipping of the ashes.’

This was how the Austrian composer-conductor Gustav Mahler referred to an animated speech by the French politician Jean Jaurès. For the passionate team of teachers at the Ghent Conservatory, this attitude is self-evident. Studying classical music in Ghent is a conscious and meaningful choice.

Flanders’ preeminent student city has a vivacious music culture, internationally recognized as a Unesco City of Music. Quiet calm and intimacy go hand in hand with an effervescent, shimmering cultural life, to which KASK & Conservatorium is a major contributor.

With an attentive, caring ear for maintaining essential musical and technical excellence and an open and critical view of what lives and moves in the world, our teaching staff guide students towards becoming self-reliant and autonomous artists. As experienced and sensitive musicians, they draw on their own rich artistic practices as soloists and chamber musicians in renowned orchestras and ensembles at home and abroad, and as composers for film, theatre and the concert stage. They readily share their knowledge and international network with our up-and-coming talent.

The core of the programme is musical practice. Above all, students learn to make music, as soloists and chamber musicians, as well as in orchestral and opera productions (together with professional musicians from the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, B’Rock Orchestra and more).

The presence of both a master of (historical) instrument building and a lively composition class contributes to an open climate where there are no boundaries to creative cooperation.

A widely varied range of theoretical frameworks across all the arts disciplines means that students become well-informed musicians for whom creation and performance are inseparable.

Together with a large group of international students in our English Master’s programme, students exchange experiences on an everyday basis. This happens both in our basic programme and in the European International Master in Composition for Screen, or InMICS (together with the conservatories of Lyon, Bologna and Montreal), as well as in the unique Advanced Master programme in contemporary music in collaboration with Ictus and SPECTRA.

Within the fertile breeding ground formed by KASK & Conservatorium, as a single school of arts, classical musicians work together with jazz and pop musicians, film and theatre makers, visual artists, designers and so on, or in short, the many cross-pollinations that characterize today’s music working field.

Finally, the Educational Master in Music and Performing Arts prepares students to pass on the torch, both in education and in social and artistic projects.

With all this, together with our students, the Royal Conservatory of the School of Arts opens and develops a wide range of potential trajectories and encourages students to discover their voices in their own personal projects, ready for the world.

University studies combined with classical music training

Do you want to devote yourself entirely to music and wait to begin your academic university studies? Or would you prefer the academic university study before perfecting your skills as a classical musician? From now on, this is a difficult choice you no longer have to make. The School of Arts & Conservatory and UGent are jointly committed to making the combination of studying classical music and a university education possible for you.

Docenten

piccolo
Dorine Schade

flute
Myriam Graulus

clarinet
Eddy Vanoosthuyse
Danny Corstjens

bass clarinet
Marc Kerckhof

baroque clarinet
Vincenzo Casale

oboe
Korneel Alsteens

bassoon
Pieter Nuytten
Graziano Moretto

contrabassoon
Jaap De Vries

saxophone
Koen Maas
Raf Minten

french horn
Rik Vercruysse

trumpet
Steven Devolder

trombone
Luc De Vleeschhouwer

tuba & euphonium
Bruno De Busschere

violin
Wibert Aerts
Lisa Jacobs
Alessandro Moccia
Olga Zolotareva

viola
Diederik Suys

cello
Judith Ermert

double bass
David Desimpelaere

percussion
Jan Willem Konink
Gert D’haese

harp
Arielle Valibouse

guitar
Gaëlle Solal

lute
Wim Maeseele

piano
Daan Vandewalle
Vitaly Samoshko
Keiko Shichijo

pianoforte & clavichord
Olga Pashchenko

organ
Ignace Michiels
Paul De Maeyer

accordion
Philippe Thuriot

voice
Hendrickje Van Kerckhove
Marcos Pujol

theatrical development
Benoît Deleersnyder
Tom Goossens

chamber music
Kris Deprey
Florian Heyerick
Pieter Jansen
Filip Rathé
Benjamin Wiame

improvisation
Hans Lamal
Bart Maris
Peter Vandenberghe

audition practice
Michel Tilkin

GAME
Tom De Cock

composition
Joris Blanckaert
Jesse Broekman
Dirk Brossé
Daan Janssens
Dominique Pauwels
Filip Rathé

Sound engineering & live electronics
Jesse Broekman

Choir conduction
Florian Heyerick

Orchestra conduction
Kristiina Poska

accompaniment
Jan Devlieger
Geert Dhondt
Marc Masson
Daeninck Scheerlinck
Sandra Van der Gucht
Petra Vermote

music theory & ear training
Geert Soenen

harmony & score analysis
Dirk Cornelis
Simon De Poorter
Geert Dhondt
Marc Masson
Filip Rathé
Geert Soenen
Mattijs Van Damme

general theory
Jeroen Billiet
Martine Clierieck
Wim De Temmerman
Peter Desmet
Luc Gulinck
Wannes Gyselinck
Lukas Huisman
Gert Keunen
Régis Dragonetti
Dirk Moelants
Dries Sel
Yves Senden
Bruno Forment

piano accompaniment
Geert Claeys
Ivo Delaere
Arnaud Dos Santos
Getácine Pegorim
Guy Penson
Alex Roosemeyers
Tae Yoshioka

didactics
Karin Defleyt
Jan Willem Konink
Dirk Lievens
Joost Vanmaele
Petra Vermote
Sarah Peire
Mirella Ruigrok
Hans Scholliers

artistic productions
Ruben De Gheselle
Toon Callier

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