As an institute for advanced studies and research in music, the Orpheus Institute has been providing an enriching educational and research environment for musicians since 1996.


photo: Dieter Debruyne

Since 1996 the Orpheus Institute hosts a small-scale laureate programme for young promising musicians. In 2004 it introduced the first doctoral programme 'docARTES' for performers and composers in collaboration with Flemish and Dutch partner institutions. docARTES is now one of Europe’s leading doctoral schools in music. Both programmes consist of research and training, tailored to the individual needs of the student’s own musical practice, interests and skills.

High-level individual supervision and a professional research biotope are the cornerstones of our view on education, preparing doctoral and laureate students for a professional career as artists and artist-researchers.

Next to that, the Orpheus Institute also offers an Advanced Chamber Music Course every year: four musicians with a rich chamber music experience provide invaluable tips and hints to young ensembles and prepare them for a concert at the Orpheus Institute. Since 2019 the Orpheus Institute runs its own MOOC (a free online course) on the edX platform: 'Artistic Research in Music - an Introduction'.