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Orchestra Academy

The Orchestra Academy, a joint project by La Monnaie and the Belgian National Orchestra.

In the first stage, the young musicians are selected by audition in their own conservatory. A maximum of 20 students per conservatory then attend auditions at La Monnaie with a jury comprising musicians from La Monnaie and the Belgian National Orchestra.

The students who are selected are then able to become orchestral trainees, each with an individual programme.

In consultation with the artistic management, each youngster will work on an opera production and a symphonic concert conducted by Alain Altinoglu (conductor and Musical Director at La Monnaie) or two symphonic concerts by the Belgian National Orchestra.

Workshops, master-classes, coaching sessions and encounters are also organised for them. What is more, these young musicians can also attend all the performances at La Monnaie and all the concerts by the Belgian National Orchestra free of charge.

By attending this Orchestra Academy, the students receive study points recognised by their schools.

Members of the Orchestra Academy in 2018-19

Merlijn De Coorde, violin (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel)
Roberto Soriano Guillén, viola (Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles)
Héloïse Danneels, viola (Conservatoire royal de Mons)
Irène Leroy, viola (Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles)
Manuel Israel Ruiz Hernandez, viola (Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen)
Patricia Fernandez Pires, flute (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel)
Alejandro López Cordero, flute (Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen)
Léolün Planchon, clarinet (Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles)
Charline Potdevin, clarinet (Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles)
Diego Hernandez Torres, trumpet (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel)
Jarne Claesen, percussions (LUCA School of Arts Campus Lemmens)

Music Director – Alain Altinoglu
Artistic Director – Ouri Bronchti

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