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

In the first stage, the young musicians are selected by audition in their own conservatory. A maximum of 25 students per conservatory then attend auditions at the Belgian National Orchestra in March 2020 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 program.

In consultation with the artistic management, each young musician will work in a lyric or symphonic production by La Monnaie and a symphonic production by the Belgian National Orchestra.

Workshops, master-classes, coaching sessions and encounters are also organized 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.


Merlijn De Coorde, 1996, violin (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel)
Roberto Soriano Guillén, 1996, viola (Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles)
Héloïse Danneels, 1994, viola (Conservatoire royal de Mons)
Irène Leroy, 1990, viola (Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles)
Manuel Israel Ruiz Hernandez, 1995, viola (Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen)
Patricia Fernandes Pires, 1993, flute (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel)
Alejandro López Cordero, 1995, flute (Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen)
Léolün Planchon, 1994, clarinet (Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles)
Diego Hernandez Torres, 1998, trumpet (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel)
Jarne Claesen, 1997, percussions (Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen)




For this season 2019-2020, we're proudly presenting our new project:  Ode to the future. In this project, we give wings to young musicians. We put them in virtual contact with their coach and get them in the spotlight.

Curious to know who these young talents are who will form the orchestra of tomorrow? In our Ode to the Future mosaic, we introduce you to the students, the coaches, our colleagues and our conductor: by clicking on the link below the photo, you will discover their story (in video or photo), alone or in duo.

The Belgian National Orchestra and La Monnaie-De Munt will keep this Ode to the Future alive. In this first edition, we present the section of the Belgian National Orchestra. In the next edition, La Monnaie-De Munt will continue to focus on these young talents from our Orchestra Academy.

Ode to the Future - Mosaïque