Higher Studies in music

Conservatorium Van Amsterdam

The Conservatorium van Amsterdam was founded in 1884, then called the Amsterdamsch Conservatorium, almost at the same time as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO). At the time, the RCO had its own orchestral class, which was rapidly subsumed into the conservatory. The links between the two institutions have been very close ever since. Many of the orchestra’s players also taught at the conservatory and many former students went on to occupy important positions within the RCO. The result was a hitherto unknown degree of professionalism within the Dutch musical world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Within ten years, Amsterdam gained a preeminent position on the world stage, a position that it has retained to this day. The RCO and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam have in the past stood for and still represent the very best in international professional performance practice. In 1976, the Amsterdamsch Conservatorium, the Conservatorium van de Vereniging Muzieklyceum and the Haarlem Muzieklyceum merged to form the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam. The outstanding international reputation in the field of classical music was expanded in 1994, by a further merger with the Hilversum Conservatorium, into the field of jazz. Under its new title of ‘Conservatorium van Amsterdam’, the largest conservatory in the Netherlands now took shape, with all genres under its roof: Early Music, Classical Music, Orchestral Conducting, Opera, Jazz, Music in Education and, since 2003, Pop Music as well.
Bachelor of Arts
Master of Music
Master of Arts