The Early Music department enjoys a worldwide reputation as one of the largest and most important faculties of its kind. For forty years, the Early Music department has been a unique breeding ground and melting pot for talent in historical performance practice. The vocal and instrumental styles of music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance up to the Early Romantic period are taught by musicians who are regarded as international authorities in their field. Because of the high standards demanded by the international teaching corps, a degree from the Royal Conservatoire is an automatic recommendation in professional circles.



In addition to the lessons in the main subject and ensemble playing, a large part of the curriculum consists of practical projects involving performances of chamber music, opera, symphonies and oratorios. The wide diversity of views represented within the department is reflected in the fact that the faculty is known as the ‘Dutch School’. Interestingly, the title Dutch School actually came about because of the department’s function as an international meeting point and its intensive collaboration with the Classical Music, Composition and Jazz departments. In this way, every new generation of students links the historic sources to contemporary work in its own way.




Application and enrolment

You can find the entrance requirements under the main subjects. Information on application and enrolment can be found here.




Head of Early Music department

Johannes Boer