An important aspect of studying at the Royal Conservatoire is gaining work experience, working together with a variety of guest teachers, composers, and conductors and playing in orchestras and ensembles both inside and outside the school. Every department guarantees the organisation of remarkable projects, often involving big names from the profession. The institute has a tradition in which once every four years a pioneering composer becomes the central point of a study project. In the past these were composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Olivier Messiaen, John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, Györgi Ligeti, Györgi Kurtág, Steve Reich and Heiner Goebbels. These are composers who have decisively shaped the the course of music history. Such projects contribute to the international position of Dutch musical life to a significant degree.
The Royal Conservatoire has been a presence in the heart of musical life in The Hague for many years, and a co-initiator of countless events and festivals. There are close collaborations with the Dr Anton Philipszaal, Korzo theatre, Theater de Regentes and other cultural venues in the city. As well as this, the school is increasingly investing in projects in which the perception and experience of music is most important, providing the opportunity for students to develop these projects themselves. Long ago the Royal Conservatoire has ceased to be an institute which works to breed talent in isolation. Students of the Royal Conservatoire win competitions, gain important positions in the performing arts, and graduate as internationally recognised music scholars. They can also work effectively in local neighbourhoods and in the most unlikely locations if there is a need for good musicians to provide the pleasure brought about by sharing music and dance together.
All projects, concerts, performances and other news items can be found on the website in the concert agenda or under News. The Academy newspaper De Nieuwe K, produced together with the Royal Academy of Art and the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts at Leiden University, can be downloaded under Downloads.
For questions about these pages please contact the Communication department:
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