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MusicA Braine-L'Alleud

Strings / Chamber music / Orchestra
April 29 - May 4th, 2024

Application deadline: April 7, 2024


Brussels Conservatory
Prins Claus Conservatory, Groning


Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, V

PIERRE-HENRI XUEREB - viola/Viole d'amour
Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Liège
Conservatoire Supérieur
de Musique de Paris
IMEP - Namur

FLORENT BREMOND - special workshop

Alto solo - Orchestre de la Monnaie

Lithuanian Academy of Music an
d Theatre, Vilnius

ARNAUD GIROUD - conductor

Orchestre Symphonique de Nivelles



Brussels Conservatory 

Prins Claus Conservatory, Groningen

Born in Hungary, Kati Sebestyen has been the head of the String department at the Brussels Conservatory. She was also "extraordinary professor" of the Queen Elisabeth Chapel  and was a member of the artistic comission of the Queen Elisabeth International Competition-violin.

She's regularly invited as jury member and for master classes: Mozarteum Salzburg,  Jong Talent Amsterdam , Hannover, Lübeck,  University of North Carolina, CIM Morges Suisse, Conservatoire de Reykjavik, etc.

She performed as a soloist or as a member of a chamber music ensemble all over Europe and in the USA.  She was a member of the Haydn Quartet, violin-conductor of the Sebestian Strings-chamber orchestra and member-founder of the Ensemble Contrats. She recorded several CD's for EMS Records and other label.


Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius

The teachers in the LMTA Chamber Ensemble Department value Dalia Šešelgienė-Lapėnaitė as a pedagogue-assistant for her exeptionally wide chamber music repertoire, her professionalism, diligence and loyalty to the department‘s interest. In 1984 she started working as an illustrator and lecturer in the Chamber Ensemble Department at the LMTA.

Dalia Šešelgienė-Lapėnaitė was born on October 21, 1955 in family of pedagogues. She graduated from the M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts in 1973 (from the class of E. Armonienė) and continued her studies at the Lithuanian State Conservatory (in the class of Prof. S. Sondeckis). From her first year of studies she intermittently played in the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and toured extensively throughout in the former Soviet Union, Europe and the United States. In 1984-1988 she completed post-graduate studies at the Gnesin Pedagogical Institute in Moscow in the class of Prof. Ch. Achtiamova. In 1976 she became a laureate of the Inter-Republic Violonists’ Competition in Talinn (3rd Prize).

D. Šešelgienė plays in concerts with various ensembles. She and her twin sister Saulė Lapėnaitė arrange sonata evenings- they have performed all L. van Beethoven‘s sonatas for violin, works by R. Schumann and J. Haydn, as well as other thematic programs. The violonist plays second violin with the „Akademija“ string quartet.

D. Šešelgienė has also coducted chamber ensemble master classes at the International Creative Camp „Let‘s play music together“ in 2011 and 2012 (in Biržai, Lithuania), and at the Fondation Bell‘Arte (Braine l‘Alleud, Belgium) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. These master classes are held annualy for pianists, string and chamber ensembles, and are organized by Prof. Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri.

PIERRE-HENRI XUEREB - viola/Viole d'amour

Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Liège

Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris

IMEP - Namur

After receiving a first prize in viola in the Conservatoire d’Avignon at the age of 13, Pierre-Henri Xuereb received a first prize in viola at the CNSMD in Paris at the age of 16.

After two years at the Juilliard School and 2 years at Boston University, where his teachers were Walter Trampler, Lillian Fuchs, the Juilliard Quartet… , he becomes solo viola of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, conducted by Pierre Boulez at the age of 19.

He is one of the last students of William Primrose (Provo-Utah).

Since then, his international career took him to many concert halls throughout the world : Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Teatro La Scala (Milano)…

He recently created a new chamber ensemble (The Primrose Ensemble) and is the Artistic Director of the « Fête de l’Alto » in Lasalle in Cevennes.

Pierre-Henry Xuereb teaches viola in the CNSM in Paris, Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Liège and viola d’amore in IMEP, Namu and is regularly invited to give internatonal master classes in Beijing, Kyoto, Korea, Les Arcs, Fontainebleau, Novisad, Malte, Domaine Forget-Canada, USA, …

He has recorded over 70 records and recently performed and recorded, under the direction of the composer, Vladimir Cosma’s concerto for viola and orchestra, which was written specially for him.

FLORENT BREMOND - special "orchestra competition" workshop

Alto solo - Orchestre de la Monnaie

Born in Marseille, Florent Bremond studied at the Conservatoire national supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSM)where he obtained in 1996 his First Prize "A l’unanimité.

Throughout his international orchestral career, Florent Bremond had the chance to play with many of today’s greatest conductors. During his years in the Orchestre de Paris, he worked regularly with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Valery Gergiev, Frans Bruggen, Sir Roger Norrington, George Prêtre, ...

As a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, he performed during ten years under Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez, later Riccardo Chailly. Both as dedicated chamber musician and orchestra player, he found an artistic home of many years as member of the internationally acclaimed Mahler Chamber Orchestra, where collaborations included projects with orchestra founder Claudio Abbado as well as with a long row of outstanding conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding, Klaus Mäkelä and Daniele Gatti. His years at the Mahler Chamber Orchestra brought a much-loved focus on soloist-led projects in collaboration with a.o. Leif Ove Andsnes (The Beethoven Journey), Mitsuko Uchida (Mozart Cycle), Daniil Trifonov or violinists such as Isabelle Faust and Pekka Kuusisto.

Within the extensive touring activity of both Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris, Florent Bremond has performed on all international stages, including Carnegie Hall New York, Musikverein Wien, Berliner Philharmonie, Suntory Hall Tokyo and many others. With his orchestras, he was regular guest at all major festivals, incl. Hong Kong Arts Festival, Musikfest Berlin, Saint Denis Festival, Ravenna Festival.

In October 2019, Florent Bremond has been appointed Solo Viola of La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra.

As member of the viola section, he is asked regularly to play as solo viola and play chamber music concerts during worldwide tours.

Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius

Ramutė Kalnėnaitė studied cello with Romanas Armonas at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art. In her school years she won the first international and several national competitions.

1975-1980 she studied in Moscow State Conservatory. There she qualified as a performer, pedagogue, chamber musician, and concerto-soloist. 1980-1982 she furthered her cello studies in Moscow State Conservatory. She spent all seven years in Moscow studying with prof. Stefan Kaljanov.


Since 1983 Kalnenaitė has been teaching the cello class at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art. Since 2012 she has been holding classes in Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.


In 1984 Kalnenaitė won the first place in the International music competition. She has held her performances in the most prestigious halls of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, France, Switzerland, Belorusia, Uzabekistan, the USA, and Russia. She performed as a solo cellist with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra,, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, The String Orchestra of the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art, Chamber Orchestra o Tashkent State Conservatoire. Kalnenaite took part in numerous international and national music festivals both in France and Lithuania (Th. Mann „Alternative“, “Kristupa‘s Summers”, “Summers in Druskininkai with M. K. Čiurlionis” and etc). As a chamber musician she performed with renown Lithuanian and foreign musicians.

ARNAUD GIROUD - conductor

Orchestre Symphonique de Nivelles

Arnaud Giroud embarked on his musical studies at the age of 11.

After one year of guitar lessons, he took private piano lessons, before being accepted in the Conservatoires d’Angoulême and Poitiers (FR), in the classes of Vovka Ashkenazy and Pierre-Yves Jalicon. At the same time, he studied musicology at the University of Poitiers and graduated (Bachelor) in 2008.

He specialized in music theory and composition, and also took viola and oboe lessons. In 2011, he entered into the class of Philippe Gérard (orchestral conducting) in the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles and graduated with a Masters in 2014.

Since 2013, he is the conductor of Nivelles Symphony Orchestra (B), and also manager of the music shop Point d’orgue (Brussels, from 2017). Also, he created the Felix Mendelssohn European Festival, of Brussels in 2015, worked as coordinator at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles (2016 to 2018), often presents on the radio programme "Sur un air de cinéma" (Musiq3) from 2020, and was a teacher at the musical theatre "Way to stage", 2016 to 2021.

In the classical repertoire, he has a preference for the romantic period, especially the German Romanticism from the first half of the 19th century, notably Felix Mendelssohn. He is also passionate about musicals, from the first American composers (Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and so on...) to the contemporary creations of Broadway, New-York or the West End in London.


Registration deadline: April, 7, 2024


  • via e-mail:


  • Bell'Arte aisbl

    39bis, chaussée d'Alsemberg
    1420 Braine l'Alleud - Belgique
    Tel: +32 2 385.15.50 or +471 85.37.25 (SMS)


The Welcome meeting will take place on Monday, April 29, at 9 am,

Address: Académie de Musique, 49, rue du Château, 1420 Braine-L'Alleud.
The planning of the lessons and the practical aspects will be communicated on that occasion, not before.
The lessons start at 9:30 am

The course will include individual lessons and participation to the orchestra. Several concerts will be organized among which 2 concerts with the Orchestre Symphonique de Nivelles, in which the participants will participate if the teacher agrees on the level. In agreement with the teacher, the participant who has the requested level, will receive the scores for these events
More details later.

* proposed orchestra repertoire

F. Mendelssohn: La Belle Mélusine 

W. A. Mozart: Double piano concerto N° 10, KV 365

M. Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major - Adagio

C. Saint-Saëns: Carnaval des animaux - 2 pianos and orchestra

The scores will be sent to the participants, after the application deadline.

The lessons will take place at the 
Académie de Musique de Braine l'Alleud, rue du Château 49,1420 Braine l'Alleud

For those who want to add some extra days to their stay, we strongly recommend a visit of the following places:

  • Battle field of Waterloo (on Braine-L'Alleud): 20 minutes walk from the school

  • Brussels Grand Place and old city center: 20 minutes by train (Gare Central)

  • Bruges: Medieval town: 1 h 30 by train - 1 hr by car

  • Namur: On the Meuse river, Citadelle: 1 h 30 by train - 45 min by car


A) APPLICATION FEE: 80 Euros (Not-refundable)

  • Active Participant (strings): 220 € - listener: 50 €

  • Chamber music: 160 €/person

  • Orchestra only: 100 € (this course is included for the strings applying for individual classes)

  • Second discipline: + 110 € (for example: violin and chamber music)

  • Accompanist for strings: + 40 €
    (4 x 1 hr- 2 pieces max) Strings needing a pianist have to forward the scores as
    pdf file by email AND assembled copies-ready for use- by post, at application.


  • Special reduction on Tuition (not on application fee): 150 € ( instead 220 Euros)
    (under 10 years: 90 Euros)
    for inhabitants/Academy Braine l'Alleud (student card or proof of address)

Refund Policy:
Application Deadline: April 7, 2024

  • Cancellation before April 10, 2024: refund 50% of the tuition

  • Cancellation before April 17, 2024: refund 25% of the tuition

  • No refunding if cancelling on April 17, 2024 and beyond

  • The application fee is not refundable.

Only the students who paid the complete amount (tuition + application fee) will be scheduled for the lessons.


  • For active participants (6 years+): short biography or teacher's reference

  • For listeners: no conditions for listeners

  • For the participants, minor of age, the application form has to be signed by a legal responsible.

Transport &


The Fondation Bell'Arte is based in the very centre of Braine- L'Alleud, at around 25 km South to Brussels, half the way between Brussels and Charleroi. The Académie de Musique de Braine-L'Alleud is at a 10 minutes walk from the foundation or from the railway station.

  • If arriving by plane:
    Brussels International Airport (based in Zaventem),
    or Brussels South (based in Charleroi)
    are both convenient to arrive in Braine-L'Alleud, as easy train connections exist.


  • If arriving by train:
    Braine l'Alleud's station is on the railway connecting Brussels to Charleroi.

    * From Brussels-Gare du midi, Gare Central, Gare de Luxembourg:
    Take the train towards Nivelles/Charleroi: stop at "Braine-L'Alleud"

    * From Charleroi Station:
    Take the train towards Brussels: stop at "Braine-L'Alleud"


  • If arriving by car:
    * Coming from Brussels: On Ring Est, exit 25 ("Butte du Lion"/Braine-L'Alleud-Waterloo).
    Then, take direction "Braine-L'Alleud Centre", and follow "Ecole des Arts". The academy is right next door, same building.

    * Coming from Paris: Ring Est (Zaventem, Waterloo, ...), exist 24 - "Braine-L'Alleud Centre"


  • For a limited number of persons: possibility to stay at the Château du Cheneau in a shared room (3 or 4 persons) , from Sunday 28/4 evening till Sunday 5/5 morning.
    This housing doesn't include any meal.
    Application order will be followed for the attribution of the rooms and is only available for people from abroad.
    Payment must be made together with the application, after confirmation of the availability.

    Costs: April 28th evening till May 5th, morning: 210 €
    Check the availability when applying.


  • Several Airbnb's are present at Braine l'Alleud. Worthy to check too.

  • For those who wish to stay in Brussels (youth hostel - regular hotel)- easy transportation by train - or in Waterloo (car needed), advice can be given by the organization.



Application Deadline: April 7, 2024

Printable application form:  * Application form in PDF        * Application form in Word

to be sent to:
Mrs. Hilde Delle-Vigne


Bell'Arte aisbl
39bis, chaussée d'Alsemberg
1420 Braine l'Alleud-Belgique


  • Name: ____________________________________________

  • Given name: _______________________________________

  • O ID picture by post mail or jpg file only

  • O Short Biography


  • O Active participant

  • O Observer


  • O    Violin    

  • O    Viola     

  • O    'Cello    

  • O Chamber Music

  • O Orchestra only     


  • O Second discipline      

O Yes, I want a pianist (40 €)
(piano scores, if pianist is requested, as pdf file and hard copies by post mail, assembled, ready for use by the pianist, at the application !)



  • Gender: __________________________________________________________________________

  • Place and Date of Birth: ____________________________________________________________

  • Nationality: _______________________________________________________________________

  • Address: __________________________________________________________________________



  • Phone:   __________________________________________________________________________

  • e-mail: ___________________________________________________________________________

  • Diplomas - Level: __________________________________________________________________



  • Current studies: ___________________________________________________________________

  • Current teacher: ___________________________________________________________________

  • Former teachers: __________________________________________________________________



  • Proposed works

    1) ____________________________________________________

    2) ____________________________________________________

    3) ____________________________________________________

    4) ____________________________________________________

  • O Student/inhabitant of Braine l'Alleud-Académie de Musique or ICPA
    (proof must accompany this application)


  • Accommodation

During the course my address will be: _____________________________________


My Phone during the course: _____________________________________

I would like to apply for the housing at the Château du Cheneau: YES - NO

Signature (by parents, if minor of age)


  • The housing, upon request, is based on the order of registration, and in respect of the Covid sanitary rules.
    It's in a shared room and doesn't include any meals. The unique price is 210 € for the 7 nights. 
    Ask for availability before applying.

  • The cost has to be paid at the application, after confirmation of availibility by the board.

Payment Details:

Application fee:       80 Euros

Tuition:        _______________ Euros

Accompanist:        __(40 €)___ Euros

Housing:       _______________ Euros

in case of extra-european bank transfer: + 10,00 Euros

total amount:        __________________Euros

Refund Policy:
Application Deadline: April 7, 2024

  • Cancellation before April 10, 2024: refund 50% of the tuition

  • Cancellation before April 17, 2024: refund 25% of the tuition

  • No refunding if cancelling on April 17, 2024 and beyond

  • The application fee is not refundable.

The information on the web site is the only valid reference

Concerts or (master)classes may be recorded and videotaped by the organizing committee for subsequent broadcast, video and audio recording use.
The applicants hereby grant the organizers the right to make use of their names, photography, voice
and biographical materials as well as audio, video and DVD recordings on TV, radio and Internet for promotional use.

  • name of the account holder: Fondation Bell'Arte aisbl

  • name of the bank : FORTIS - Brussels

  • address: 3, rue Montagne du Parc - 1000 Brussels - Belgium

  • account number: IBAN BE81 0019 2719 8424


  • Communication: MusicA Strings + NAME

    Attention: If international bank transfer, please add 10 Euros for bank charges.


In case the exact amount was not received, the difference will be claimed at the beginning of the course.

The proof of the payment must accompany the application form

Bank Datas

  • contact the Executive Director/Events Coordinator:
    Mrs. Hilde Delle-Vigne


    Artistic Director/President: Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri

  • Bell'Arte aisbl
    39bis, Chaussée d'Alsemberg
    1420 Braine l'Alleud - Belgique


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