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

Thanks to the Orchestra Academy, young musicians can gain crucial professional experience within the Symphony Orchestra of the Belgian National Orchestra and La Monnaie.

In a first phase, students can take part in a pre-selection at the conservatory where they attend school. Subsequently, a maximum of 25 students per conservatoire may take part in the auditions that will take place in March-April 2021. They will be judged by a jury composed of musicians from both orchestras.

After their selection, the conservatoire students can follow an orchestral internship with individual accompaniment. In consultation with the artistic managers, each successful student will participate in an opera production or a symphonic concert by La Monnaie and in a symphonic concert by the Belgian National Orchestra.

Workshops, masterclasses, coaching and meetings will also be organised. The young musicians can also attend all La Monnaie performances and all concerts of the Belgian National Orchestra.


Dante Cáceres, violin

Minori Yamato, violin

Edgar Ferreira, viola

Emma Derosier, cello

Judith Gaillard, cello

Javier Costa Martí, cello


For the 2019-2020 season, we are proud to present our brand new project "Ode to the future". In this project, we give wings to young musicians.  We bring them into virtual contact with their coach and put them in the spotlight.

Are you also curious to find out who these young talents are and who will form the orchestra of tomorrow? In our Ode to the future mosaic, we introduce you to the students, coaches, colleagues and our conductor: by clicking on the link on the photo, you will discover the story of each of them (in video or photo), alone or in duo.

The Belgian National Orchestra and La Monnaie will perpetuate this Ode to the future. In this first edition, we present the section of the Belgian National Orchestra. In the next edition, La Monnaie will continue to focus on these young talents from our Orchestra Academy.


Merlijn De Coorde, 1996, violin (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel)
Roberto Soriano Guillén, 1996, violin (Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles)
Héloïse Danneels, 1994, alto (Conservatoire royal de Mons)
Irène Leroy, 1990, alto (Conservatoire royal de Liège)
Manuel Israel Ruiz Hernandez, 1995, alto (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)

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