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, Siebe Henstra
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


Check out the events organized by the Early Music Department and join us online or in person when possible.


Professional Preparation and Integration

Our Career Skills courses Start-Up!, Entrepreneurial Bootcamp, Alumni Event and Preparation for Professional Practice help you develop your professional skills and prepare you for the professional world. In Entrepreneurial Bootcamp: Explore New Playgrounds you are challenged to find new venues and new audiences for your performances.

In the master programme you design your own Master Project by experimenting with the process of developing a personal professional practice during your studies, combining the three domains of our master curriculum: artistic development, research and professional integration. We also offer a joint European Master of Early Music in collaboration with the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, where students study here in The Hague and in Brno. The Early Music department has regular joint projects with Holland Baroque and the Orchestra of the 18th Century. Take a look at the annual Side by Side project in which our students perform a concert programme alongside the professionals of the Orchestra of the 18th Century.


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