Thanks to its remarkable concert hall, the Royal Conservatory of Brussels has played a prominent role in the Belgian and Brussels music scene. It has also been the showcase for the activities of the two music colleges. Its rich artistic past and exceptional acoustic qualities have given it an enviable reputation among top artists.
Eugène Ysaÿe, Henrik Wieniawski, Arthur Grumiaux, Arthur De Greef, Désiré Defauw and the cream of the international music scene have made it famous abroad and given it a soul that not even the cracked stucco can impair.
The Conservatory organ is a masterpiece in itself and the only instrument in Brussels made by the famous French organ-maker Cavaillé-Coll, who also made the organ in Notre Dame in Paris. Specially designed for the concert hall, this romantic instrument, which today remains silent, is acknowledged throughout the world to be of exceptional musical and historical quality.
Since 1832, the Royal Conservatory of Brussels has also been expanding its music library. The current collection includes many rare and valuable items – including a recently discovered unknown autograph of Franz Liszt! The library too needs to be brought up to current international conservation, research and development standards.