Early Music

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

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Our famous Early Music Faculty

Main subject teachers
Harpsichord: Fabio Bonizzoni & vacancy
Organ: Jos van der Kooy
Fortepiano: Bart van Oort, Petra Somlai
Baroque harp: Christina Pluhar
Lute/theorbo: Mike Fentross, Joachim Held
Historical violin/viola: Kati Debretzeni, Enrico Gatti, Walter Reiter, Ryo Terakado
Historical cello: Lucia Swarts
Violone: Margaret Urquhart
Viola da Gamba: Mieneke van der Velden
Recorder: Daniël Brüggen
Traverso: Kate Clark, Wilbert Hazelzet
Historical oboe: Frank de Bruine
Historical clarinet: Eric Hoeprich
Historical bassoon: Donna Agrell
Natural trumpet: Susan Williams
Natural horn: Teunis van der Zwart
Baroque trombone: Wim Becu

Supporting teachers
Patrick Ayrton
, basso continuo
Rachael Beesley
, historical violin/viola
Richard Egarr
, chamber music, early keyboards
Rebecca Huber
, historical string quartet

Caroline Kang, minor historical cello
Edoardo Valorz
, minor harpsichord
Wouter Verschuren
, minor dulcian

Isaac Alonso de Molina, Early Music Theory and Historical Keyboard Skills
Kathryn Cok
, Early Music Theory and Historical Keyboard Skills
Joao Carlos Santos
, Early Music Theory


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