Advanced Chamber Music Course

Are you a young, professional ensemble that is ‘relatively new’ to the concert scene? Or do you have little experience in concert performance and do you need professional advice and artistic feedback? Orpheus Institute can provide that - and more.

During 9 sessions of 2 hours each, you and your fellow musicians prepare a chamber music programme of your choice. Four musicians with a rich chamber music experience offer a window into their creative process and provide invaluable artistic tips and practical hints. During this advanced chamber music course, you are also welcome to use Orpheus Institute’s infrastructure for rehearsals with your ensemble. 

At the end you will be given the opportunity to organize a concert in Orpheus Institute’s concert hall. Here you can put all the tips and tricks into practice to turn it into an unforgettable event. This unique concert may very well provide a springboard for a long and rewarding performance career!

Ensembles that previously attended this masterclass are Simoens Trio, Kirke Strijkkwartet, Hommages, Quatuor MP4, Revue Blanche, Trio Incantar, Pétillant’Semble, Simplexity, Trio Yusa, Pianoduo Symbiosis, Desguin Quartet, Collectif Arsys, Bram Van Weverberg en Nele Gilis, Due di Duo, Four Aces Guitar Quartet, etc.

Guest Professors

Four renowned guest professors with international soloist and chamber music careers will offer guidance and inspiration throughout the masterclass:

  • Paul De Clerck (viola)
  • Piet Kuijken (piano)
  • Amy Norrington (cello)
  • Tony Nys (viola)

Each ensemble is expected to attend at least one session with each guest professor. The five remaining sessions will be determined in consultation with the professors and the Orpheus Institute. 

Chamber music

Admission & Enrolment

Admission requirements

The Advanced Chamber Music Course has been designed for any ensemble (that may or may not have been formed specifically for this masterclass) with max. 7 members. There are no restrictions with respect to the formations.

The members of the ensemble can be a.o. advanced students from conservatoires or higher music institutions; teachers from conservatoires or higher music institutions; performing musicians with a full-time professional career, etc.

Application form

The application form can be completed at any time of the year.

The application form will be evaluated by the guest professors who decide whether the ensemble can take part in the upcoming audition.


An audition will be held yearly in Autumn and consists of an artistic performance (15 – 30 min.) and an interview with the guest professors. Accepted ensembles start their sessions usually in January.

Enrolment fee

The enrolment fee is € 150 per person.

The ensemble is entitled to 9 sessions of 2 hours each (18 hours in total). The dates for these sessions will be set at the beginning of the course in consultation with the professors and the Orpheus Institute.

Current ensembles

  • Triotique
  • ZEAL Ensemble
  • Sonoro Quartet
  • Syntagma Piano Duo
  • Ensemble du Bout du Monde
  • Americas Guitar Duo
  • Trio Calligramme
  • Morpheus Duo
  • Nereus Quartet