Laureate programme

The laureate programme allows young musicians to conduct artistic research into subjects related to their professional activities, artistic choices and personal background.

Within a flexible framework students individually develop a research project on a relatively short-term basis, supervised by a mentor. At the end of the programme, the student presents research findings in a final lecture-performance. If this presentation is successful, the student is granted the title of ‘Laureate of the Orpheus Institute’.

Admission & enrolment

Admission requirements

The laureate programme has been designed for musician-researchers (performers and composers) with diverse backgrounds and original, well articulated ideas for artistic research. Candidates are excellent musicians with considerable, little or no experience in advanced research methodologies.

To start the laureate programme, candidates should hold a master's degree in the creative or performing arts from a recognized higher education institution or demonstrate a comparable level of qualification.

Application form

Candidates can complete the application form at any time during the year.

The Admissions Committee will examine the application form and decide whether the candidate can take part in the entrance examination.

Entrance examination

The entrance examination consists of a performance, a presentation of the research project and an interview with the members of the Admissions Committee. The examination date is set in consultation with the candidate.

Enrolment fee

Once a candidate has successfully completed the entrance examination, a mentor is appointed to assist the candidate throughout the entire trajectory. At the start of the trajectory, a contract will be drawn up between the candidate and the Orpheus Institute.

The enrolment fee for the entire trajectory is € 2.500.

Laureate Programme


These students follow the laureate programme:

  • David Coll

Exploring aspects of embodiment through and intentionality through composing and writing


There are 10 Laureates of the Orpheus Institute:


  • Richard Sutcliffe

The Viola da Gamba Family of Instruments from 1750 to 1850 mentor: Jan De Winne


  • Jeroen Billiet

200 Years of Belgian Hornschool? A comprehensive study on the horn in Belgium, 1789-1960 mentor: Claude Maury


  • Martje Vande Ginste

Scandinavian songs in the original language. Focus on the cycle ‘Haugtussa' opus 67 of Edvard Grieg mentor: Jozef de Beenhouwer


  • Annelies Focquaert 

Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens. Life and work of an organist mentor: Jean Ferrard


  • Sander Germanus  

Music Thermic. Development of quarter-tone voice leading as a slightly absurd and hallucinatory complement to other manipulated parameters of his 'music thermic' mentor: Luc Van Hove


  • Tom Pauwels

'De echo van 't saluut.' A research on the relation composer-guitar player and translation of this research towards practice mentor: Jan Michiels


  • Geert Callaert 

Keyboard music in the twentieth century: a research on the origin and destination of an tendencies within contemporary keyboard musicby means of the piano solo and chamber music oeuvre for percussion and keyboard of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Charles Wuorinen and Iannis Xenakis mentor: Luc Van Hove

  • Stefan Van Landeghem 

Franz Liszt, the radical renewer of the Romantic music and the forerunner of 20th century music mentor: Levente Kende


  • Karin de Fleyt 

Fl² / extension possibilities of the contemporary flute repertoire mentor: Godfried-Willem Raes

  • Pieter Schuermans   

"Looking through Eardrums", a study on the interaction between music and movement mentor: Yves Knockaert