During the Bachelor and Master of Music at the Historical Performance Department of the HKU Utrecht Conservatorium, you'll learn to approach music from an historical

Introductory course

Meet our Historical Performance Practice department at January 13-15.

What will you learn?

Based on historical sources such as instruments and methods, you'll inform yourself on the instrumental techniques and musical aesthetics in a given period and in a given country and its implications for the interpretation of the repertoire, then, and now. A close team of internationally renowned specialists will inform you about the performance practice from the Renaissance to Romanticism.

Why this program?

At the HKU Utrechts Conservatorium's Historical Performance Department, you can study for both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. You can also choose an historical instrument as a minor. Additionally, you can switch to an historical instrument for your master's degree, after you have completed a bachelor's degree at another department.

Main subjects

Instruments: historical violin, historical viola, historical cello, historical bassoon (dulcian), historical trombone and historical hobo, as well as harpsichord (clavichord), viola da gamba (violone), traverso, cornetto and recorder.

It is also possible to choose a combination of instruments as a main subject: melody instruments or bass instruments. You can think of a combination of instruments, such as cornetto, recorder and dulcian, or gamba, cello and violone (other combinations are possible as well). In case of questions, please contact the course leader: .

The main subject lessons, ensemble lessons, projects and master classes are supported by  theoretical classes. Using historical sources, these classes discuss topics that musicians were formerly assumed to be familiar with, such as rhetoric, solmisation, mensural notation and dance.

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Which profession?

You will be specialised in historical performance and feel comfortable in different roles in the field; in an ensemble or orchestra, as a soloist, teacher, organiser or musical director. With a keen eye on social developments, you will discover new opportunities in the field.


To be admitted to the HKU Utrechts Conservatorium, you'll have to pass a theoretical and a practical entrance exam.

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List of teachers

Find out who are teaching at HKU Utrechts Conservatorium and with whom you would like to study.

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More information and contact

For further information on this course, you can visit the open day or contact the Service Desk