19 July - 2 August, 2020

22° edition

The course is open for violin, viola, cello, double-bass, piano, harp & clarinet players aged 10-20.

A 20 year old engagement 

The mission of Musica Mundi is to develop the musical and human potential of young talents from all over the world. 


Driven by this philosophy, every summer for the last 20 years Musica Mundi has been holding an international chamber music course and festival for young musicians aged 10 to 20.Each year, the course is attended by some 70 participants from all corners of the world: 30 countries were represented in 2018 !


Musica Mundi is aware that many talented young musicians come from underprivileged backgrounds and countries and as such do not have access to schemes of a similar nature. This is why Musica Mundi believes helping them is a priority. In practice, numerous talented young musicians attending the course over recent years have received support in covering their tuition fees and accommodation costs. 


The Musica Mundi Festival is an integral part of the course. This is why the choice of the Artists is vital to complete the educational idea. 

Among the artists who are already members of the big Musica Mundi family: Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Mischa Maisky, Joshua Bell, Menahem Pressler, Nicholas Angelich, Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Steven Isserlis, The King’s Singers, Jordi Savall, Fazil Say... 


Musica Mundi was since its creation a source of inspiration for many journalists and media partners. In summer 2013 a full length documentary was filmed by the RTBF and the VRT and broadcasted all over the world. 

The “Musica Mundi School” opened September 2018 !!!
Goodwill Ambassador - Maxim Vengerov

The growing success of the course and the festival over these last 20 years, and numerous encounters with musicians from all over the world, have made the two founders of Musica Mundi, Hagit Hassid-Kerbel (pianist) and Leonid Kerbel (violinist), aware of the urgent need to set up a primary and secondary school for young musicians.


The development of an individual is always a challenge, but educating a talented musician is even more complex. The biggest problem facing young musicians is the fact that general education and musical training are organized independently of one another. However, several studies have shown that young musicians generally achieve better results at school than the average pupil. According to these studies, their increased ability to concentrate, their high level of creativity, and the discipline required for learning music enables them to learn more quickly than their non-musician counterparts. Therefore, by intelligently integrating general education and music teaching, it is possible to follow both routes without sacrificing quality or excessively fatiguing the students. 


As far as the teaching agenda is concerned, the school offers young musicians aged 10 to 18 the opportunity to simultaneously and harmoniously receive a general education and a professional musical education, both of high quality, irrespective of their financial situation.


There are very few schools in the world offering an education comparable to that which Musica Mundi School provides. Most of these schools are in Eastern Europe or Asia. In Central and Western Europe there are no such schools, with the exception of Great Britain.


The Musica Mundi School is created on the historical and spiritual site of the “Monastere de Fichermont” - part of the listed and fully preserved areas of the battlefield of Waterloo. 


Thanks to an exceptional collaboration with the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels, the Musica Mundi School createdin Fichermont its international primary and secondary music school with boarding house.


The school, with English as its vehicular language, offers a complete general education from the 5th primary year and up to the 6th secondary year. The school follows the Cambridge International Examinations program and qualifications, and delivers a high school diploma certified by this program. A boarding school welcomes the young talents who arrive from all over the world. Professional music education is provided by all the artists who are already part of the Musica Mundi Family - Maxim Vengerov, the school’s Goodwill Ambassador, Ivry Gitlis, Mischa Maisky, Menahem Pressler, Ronald Van Spaendonck, Catherine Michel and many others ... Instrumental teachers for all orchestral instruments and piano, master pedagogues and artists in residence are present at the school regularly. Young talents are accepted on the basis of an audition and according to their talent only. Scholarships are offered to those in need.


The Musica Mundi School is the only “ALL STEINWAY SCHOOL” in Belgium and in the surrounding countries, providing its young talents with these majestic pianos and therefore with excellent practicing and performing conditions. 



Under the Patronage

of Her Majesty

Queen Mathilde

granted in years

2003, 2008, 2013, 2018

Thanks to its players, who play responsibly and for small amounts, the Belgian National Lottery can pay out a substantial part of its income to society in the form of subsidies for projects and organizations of a scientific, sporting, social nature and/or cultural, as the acoustic transformations of the Musica Mundi School.

Have granted their esteemed patronage


Mr. & Mrs. Herman Van Rompuy
Former President of the European Council.

The European Parliament

Madame Florence Reuter
Bourgmestre de Waterloo

His Excellency Dr. Rüdiger Lüdeking
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany 


His Excellency Mr. Artur Harazim

Ambassador of the Republic of Poland


The Honorable Mrs. Denise Campbell Bauer
Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Belgium


Her Excellency Mrs. Alison Rose
British Ambassador to Belgium

Her Excellency Mrs. Maria Christina Lundqvist
Ambassador of Sweden in Belgium


Son Excellence  Mme. Claude-France Arnould
Ambassadeur de France auprès du Royaume de Belgique


Son Excellence Mrs. Simona Frankel
Ambassadeur d'Israël auprès du Royaume de Belgique

The Russian Embassy

With the presence of

Monsieur Yves Vander Cruysen
Echevin de la Culture - commune de Waterloo

Mr. John Martin

Honorary committee

Mischa Maisky
Martha Argerich
Ivry Gitlis
Maxim Vengerov

Steven Isserlis
Pavel Gililov
Fred Brouwers


Friends committee

Madame Evelyne Bruckner
Madame Viviane Grossmann
Madame Mathy Kandiyoti
Monsieur Jean-Pierre Derue
Monsieur Alexandre Lipski
Monsieur Raphaël Lipski
Monsieur Carlo Schreiber



Founders :

Mr Leonid Kerbel - Mrs Hagit Hassid-Kerbel


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1410 Waterloo - Belgique

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