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29.03.21—11:00    Doctoral defence Jeroen Billiet Online research

On Monday 29 March, Jeroen Billiet, artistic researcher at KASK & Conservatorium, defends his doctorate to obtain the title Doctor of Arts: music. Also on behalf of the supervisors of the candidate, Dr. Rik Vercruysse (HOGENT - KASK & Conservatorium) and Prof. Dr. Francis Maes (University of Ghent), I would like to invite you to this occasion.

During the Belle Époque period, a horn school with a global reputation was founded at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent. From his perspective as a Ghent-trained performer, Jeroen Billiet immersed himself in the world of his illustrious horn-playing predecessors, and returned with carloads of tall tales, unusual musical instruments and a fair dose of poetry.

Past, present and future merge in a richly documented historical-artistic doctoral dissertation, which is backed by an extensive range of elegantly romantic artistic output.

Jeroen Billiet's research was funded by the Research Fund for the Arts of KASK & Conservatorium, HOGENT.

Concert / livestream from MIRY Concert Hall

At 11am the artistic presentation of the research will be performed live at MIRY Concert Hall, in collaboration with the Mengal Ensemble, the horn studio of KASK & Conservatorium and pianist Jan Huylebroeck, with works for horn by Adolphe Samuel, Martin-Joseph Mengal, Robert Herberigs; Joseph Ryelandt, François-Joseph Fétis and Jane Vignery.

You can watch the performance via livestream on the Sound of Ghent platform.

Click here to watch the stream.

It is best to create a free Sound of Ghent account in advance with your e-mail address. The performance will be made available afterwards on the Brave Belgians channel on YouTube.

Online defence

At 2PM the public defence of the dissertation will take place; also online via ZOOM. You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the candidate. 

Join the meeting with this link

Meeting ID: 970 3493 0373
Passcode: k8eBJ28f

Don’t forget that you will need a zoom-account to participate in the meeting.  In the case you don’t already have a zoom-account, you can easily create one by singing up for a free one on:

Ordering a copy of the thesis

You can order a physical copy of the thesis Brave Belgians of the Belle Époque, a study of the late-romantic Ghent horn playing tradition for the price of €58. You can register until 2 April by sending an e-mail to

ArtChapel Gent, 2020

ArtChapel Gent, 2020