Building on the strong historical roots of the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, the Keyboard trajectory (specialization Instrument / vocal studies) provides an inspiring learning environment for young keyboard artists, in which tradition and innovation go hand in hand.
The development of the individual professional profile of each student is central to the training programme, and the specific interests, talents, vision and uniqueness of the aspiring artist are always the starting point.
The programme's backbone is formed by an international team of teachers with a broad spectrum of specializations and styles. The teachers guide the students individually in the development and growth of their artistic vision. Each teacher works from his or her artistic and pedagogical uniqueness, within a shared team vision on the importance of a strong technical command of the instrument, the repertoire to be treated, a healthy work ethic and the final level to be achieved, among other things. An active link with performance practice and with the professional field is inseparable from the teaching practice.
In addition to this intensive one-to-one relationship between the principal teacher and the student, numerous opportunities broaden the students' world of experience and craftsmanship. Every year several masterclasses are organized with international masters such as Andras Schiff, Imogen Cooper, Richard Goode, Jan Wijn, Christian Zacharias, Daniel Polak, Jura Margulis,...
The programme also maintains fruitful collaborations with renowned institutions such as the Vleeshuis (pianoforte and harpsichord), Pianoatelier Maene and Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal van Antwerpen (organ). Exchange lessons and traineeship weeks also offer students the opportunity to be coached by other conservatoire teachers.
In addition to a thorough study of the main discipline and its literature, students are introduced to one or more related keyboard instruments and are taught about improvisation and practical harmony. Entrepreneurship and creative thinking are actively stimulated in the master's programme.
The department organizes a range of concert opportunities & experience-based collaborative projects: concerts in collaboration with the international arts centre deSingel, afternoon concerts, class concerts and concerts for external organizers offer students challenging stage opportunities. Interdisciplinary artistic practice is offered through projects with other courses in the conservatoire, such as the interdisciplinary project week, opera projects with the vocal department and projects with jazz, drama and dance. Work opportunities offer a direct learning experience in the professional field: Opera Ballet Flanders and several music academies are close partners. The programme encourages participation in competitions and specialization through postgraduate courses.
After your three-year bachelor's programme, your training continues in the two-year master's programme. Starting from the 2019-2020 academic year, you can also opt for the Educational Master's in Music, in which case you continue the Master's programme in Music and combine it with subjects such as teaching methodology, internships and projects.
The educational master's programme is concluded with a master's thesis consisting of two parts: a master's thesis in your discipline and an arts-educational project you create yourself.
Do you like the social interaction with fellow musicians and the energy of working in a team? Then the Master's programme in Collaborative Piano is the ideal path for you. This course is designed for students aiming at a career in opera (as conductor, répétiteur or choirmaster) and/or as recital-partner for singers and instrumentalists. Under the direction of professor Jeanne-Minette Cilliers, students acquire extensive practical knowledge and a good understanding of the career possibilities in the field.
In addition, there is a focus on developing language and interpersonal skills, which are also important in the life of the collaborative artist.
"Being a collaborative pianist means being in constant communication with others... we become the bridge between music and what makes us human: breath, language and expression." Jeanne-Minette Cilliers
This results in artists who can actively position themselves within the (inter)national arts landscape as concert- and/or chamber musicians, interdisciplinary musicians, pedagogues, répétiteurs, or any combination thereof.