General InformationThe royal Conservatory of Liège is a Higher education school of arts of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation of Belgium, which offers artistic training in a University level (Bachelor and Master). The main disciplines of the institution are music and theatre.
The school was founded in 1827 and is considered one of the oldest conservatories of Europe offering professional music education.
At its creation, the school had around 30 students but the population of the Conservatoire hasn’t stopped growing since the 19th century. It was around this time that musicians as César Franck, Eugène Ysaÿe and Henri Vieuxtemps studied in the institution.
In 1887, the Conservatory acquired a new building combining the Renaissance Revival style and the Louis XVI Revival style (located between Piercot Boulevard and Forgeur Street) and designed by the architect Laurent Demany.
The royal Conservatory of Liège continued growing during the 20th century. In 1930, the Theatre Department was created. Since the 70’s, thanks in particular to the initiative of Henri Pousseur (director from 1975 to 1994), the school has become an essential place for contemporary creation, both in music and theatre. Nowadays, it is a renowned arts institution with more than 350 students and a hundred professors.