Study information

The Ensemble Academy (EA) represents the fulfilment of a long-time dream of ensembles in the top echelon of Dutch music life, the Royal Conservatoire and two prominent contemporary music venues.

Asko|Schönberg and the New European Ensemble have joined forces in 2017 to offer this unique Master’s specialisation in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire, Korzo and Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ.

The Ensemble Academy is an incubator for talented musicians and composers who are still studying. For the 2020-2021 academic year the following positions are available: 2 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 flute, 1 clarinet, 1 percussion.

Due to the outbreak of the Corona-virus and all the restrictions in place, we cannot guarantee that all activities will take place as planned . Find more information on Corona regulations here.

Please be aware that next year’s activities of the Ensemble Academy depend on how the situation around the Corona-virus develops. There is no guarantee that all offered projects can take place.

The students of the Ensemble Academy work with the programme’s partners in national and international productions.
In addition to improving their skills on their instrument, the Master’s students in the Ensemble Academy also receive lessons in programming, production, marketing and communication. There are also various possibilities for the students to do internships with the partners in the programme. In the process, they have the opportunity to learn about the essential back-office aspects of a professional musician’s life and gain experience on stage and behind the scenes, as well as building a personal network.

The strength of the Ensemble Academy is that students are already deeply involved in the professional practice during their studies and have already gained professional experience as a musician and established a network by the time they graduate.


We believe it is important that you develop into a self-sustaining musician who can handle the ever-changing professional practice well. For this reason you are required to do research on a topic of your choice during the master's programme. You will be assisted by a research supervisor, follow an introductory course about doing (artistic) research and an elective in your first year. You will participate in a Master circle, a 'peer-to-peer ' group consisting of fellow students and a circle leader. At the end of your master’s programme you are required to present the results of your research. Upon registration to the master's programme, you must write a study plan (Master plan), in which you describe how you want to compile your master’s programme. Please take a look at the handbook here or the guidelines for the Master plan.


Asko | Schönberg


New European Ensemble




Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ






Master of Music


2 years

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Department head

Marlon Titre

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