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The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp issue for the period 2016 – 2019 two 50 % research mandates for PhD researchers in the Arts. One mandate is reserved for doctoral researchers in the field of Music and Performing Arts, one mandate is reserved for doctoral researchers in the field of Fine Arts.          
After almost twenty years of experience as a teacher in several famous institutions worldwide, the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp has the pleasure of welcoming Sergei Edelmann as a new member of her staff. As a world renowned pianist he contributes to the quality of education where the Conservatoire stands for and helps putting the focus on the international prestige that characterizes many of the careers of teachers and students.
Freek Vielen, alumnus Media, Writing and Performance Art, received the Dutch Language Union (Taalunie) Theatre Writing Award for his play, “Dracula”. This is the award for the most important theatre text of the past season. “A dazzling, thematically layered and complex arrangement of texts […] dripping with the love of language and inspiration,” said the jury. Freek’s winning text was selected from more than 40 submissions.
In support ofan action of the popular youth radio station Studio Brussel, our students composed a song to raise money for the good cause. Both the music and the lyrics of the song are original.
NeoScores, the digital alternative to sheet music, won an important award at the end of November 2014 at the start-up Nations Summit in Seoul. The Antwerp Company NeoScores was voted most promising but one start-up out of 45 young start-up nominations. Jury members included representatives from world famous companies such as Samsung, Huawei and Foxconn. Earlier this year NeoScores was counted among the twelve best European start-ups. Neoscores is an initiative of Music alumni Bob Hamblok (piano) and Jonas Coomans (bassoon). 
During a routine inventory of the archival records, Librarian Jan Dewilde discovered hitherto unknown correspondence from the Russian composer and piano virtuoso Sergei Prokofiev. The letters were found on Monday 17th November 2014 in the Conservatoire Library and consist of unique documents providing an valuable insight into musical life around 1923. Librarian Jan Dewilde: “These are not the only treasures hidden away here. This major discovery encourages us to continue our labour-intensive inventory work."
Interviewing her fellow students, third year Drama-student Clara De Decker made a documentary about the exceptional campus the conservatoire is located in.
A short documentary about our Dance programme made by Drama students Rashif El Kaoui en Michèle Cuvelier.
Jan Fabre Teaching Group organises masterclass in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp
Koen Kessels has been appointed Music Director of The Royal Ballet, succeeding Barry Wordsworth who becomes Principal Guest Conductor from the 2015/16 Season.Koen Kessels will continue in his role as Music Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet where he also succeeded Barry Wordsworth.Kessels joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2010 and has been a regular guest conductor for The Royal Ballet since 2008, conducting ballets including The Nutcracker, Giselle and the world premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl.

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