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14 - 28 July, 2024

The course is open for violin, viola, cello, piano

& clarinet players aged 10-20.

Exceptions for age limit will be considered.

Practical information available as of January 2024. Deadline for inscriptions : April 5th, 2024

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we join in music-making
an ode to peace and joy 
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Echoing the timeless spirit of Beethoven’s "Ode to Joy," Musica Mundi School embraces the unique power of music to unite people.


The Fichermont Monastery which is home to our school was created by King Albert I after the First World War as a monument to peace. After nearly 100 years of religious occupation, Musica Mundi School  was chosen by the Church to continue this peaceful mission because of our commitment to bring young people together, irrespective of country of origin, religion and means, and offer them a harmonious and nurturing environment within which they could develop together as human beings and musicians, immerse themselves in the beauty of music and in turn, become champions of peace, harmony, and the universal language that knows no borders.


Join us in creating a community where each note played constitutes a hopeful step towards a more peaceful future.

Official Movie of our 2023 Edition :

Thank you, in the name of our 71 young talents arriving from more than 30 different countries, for the unforgettable moments that they have passed thanks to you and for the precious memories that they could carry home with them.

Thank you, in the name of our festival guest artists, artists in residence, faculty members and in the name of our public for all these musical encounters, that thanks to you could take place.


Thank you for being there, by our side,and for realizing together this special 25th anniversary edition 2023 !


To revive some of the moments we passed this summer, we have prepared some souvenirs for you.


We have prepared a special movie for you.

A movie, entitled We Were There ! that will let you discover the backstage of this summer’s program.


Hope to meet soon and experience together more musical adventures !

Press Release 2023 >>
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The mission of Musica Mundi is to develop the musical and human potential of young talents from all over the world. By putting these already highly gifted young talents in direct contact with other young talents from around the world, and with some of today’s greatest pedagogues and artists, the impact on their lives, in terms of development, stimulation and personal enrichment, will be immeasurable.

Driven by this philosophy, every summer for the last 23 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.


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... 

In summer 2001, His Majesty King Philippe honored Musica Mundi with a visit. In 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018 Her Majesty Queen Mathilde granted Musica Mundi her High Patronage and in 2011 visited herself the course together with Princess Elisabeth.

Since its creation, Musica Mundi has been 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. MEZZO TV, RTBF, VRT, L’ECHO, LA LIBRE, L’EVENTAIL, LE SOIR, TV COM, BOZAR, MUSIQ’3, KLARA and others have all been faithful partners of Musica Mundi since its creation.

Musica Mundi could not exist without the generous support of private patrons, foundations and public and private companies. 

Martins Hotels and Mr John Martin, Bank DELEN, GBL, the National Loterie, La Province du Brabant Wallon, Fee Foundation, Robus foundation, Total Foundation, ICC, Axis Parc Fund, the Alphadyn Foundation, Nickedo Fondation, MINV, Chemitex, Pianos Maene, Axis Parc, TMB, Fonds Baillet Latour, Anade Foundation, Jean Praet Foundation, Celio, Eastbridge, Guest, Rideau Service, Rotary Atomium, EJC and Alvo! to name but a few…


These faithful friends are key to our success – a success now well recognized.

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

With the increasing success of the course and festival over these last 2 decades, and through numerous encounters with musicians from all over the world, the co-founders of Musica Mundi became increasingly aware of the urgent need to offer young talents a structure where they could receive, a combined, harmonious high-quality programme of musical and general education. Hence Musica Mundi School - a primary and secondary school for young musicians.

There are very few schools in the world offering an education comparable to that which Musica Mundi provides. Like the Course & Festival, the mission of Musica Mundi School (MMS) is to develop the musical and human potential of young talents from all over the world, exposing them to a wide range of cultures and teaching methods, giving them access to an in-depth understanding of the different facets of music in tandem with a high quality programme of general education.

This takes place in a nurturing atmosphere of mutual respect and dialogue intended to support the development in these young people of an attitude of care, trust and respect within the school and wider communities. In addition, MMS aims to become a stimulus for artistic activity, offering itself as a centre of musical excellence to the local and global Community. From the outset, students will receive intensive individual instrumental training in parallel to class lessons in music and general education.

These two branches ofthe students’ education are:

  • integrated, so as to ensure that the young musicians’ personalities develop in a harmonious and balanced way.

  • given regardless of their socio-cultural origins and financial situation.

  • designed to equip students with the skills and attitudes they will need to excel when pursuing their advanced musical education and/or careers.


In music this means :

  • finding the specific strengths of each young musician, whether as a soloist, or for chamber music, composition, etc

  • harnessing the educational power of chamber music, which requires musicians to be flexible and listen to other musicians with care and respect.

  • regularly bringing in the best master pedagogues from all over the world and giving each student a chance to work with them individually, in addition to daily teaching and masterclasses by guest artists.

  • bringing them to a level where they will be sought after by the best conservatories in 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, Jérôme Pernoo, Jacques Rouvier, Vladimir Perlin, Ronald Van Spaendonck, Sivan Magen, Julia Dinerstein, Aleksandr Khramouchin and many others...


In General Education, this means :

  • recruiting high-quality and dedicated teachers who understand the special needs of young talents

  • creating a challenging and exciting educational programme designed to enable students to become the driving force behind their own learning, to develop critical thinking skills, as well as a global perspective on the world and acquire the enthusiasm for Learning which will make them lifelong learners.

  • as a Cambridge school, enabling our students to get excellent, internationally-recognized academic results.

  • enabling students who do not choose music as a career to move successfully into an appropriate path of further education.

Teaching young talented musicians requires specific skills which the founders of Musica Mundi have acquired through more than twenty-five years of experience in teaching. Young musicians generally achieve results at school that are above average, because of their increased ability to concentrate and the discipline they have acquired from learning music. For such talented pupils, excellence is usually what they aim for and is the primary source of their motivation. Musica Mundi School will be deliberately limited to 70 students, so that it provides individual, personalized teaching. Pupils are auditioned and are accepted on the basis of their merits. To support talent, and talent alone, it is essential to overcome financial barriers. Families contribute to their child’s education in accordance with their means. Scholarships are available thanks to generous donors. Students are encouraged to live in school to optimize their time for practice and study. With the small groups and high staff/ student ratio, supervision and support levels are high.

The school uses English as its vehicular language and offers a complete general education from the 5th primary year to the 6th secondary year. Students leave the school at the end of their secondary education equipped with Cambridge qualifications at IGCSE and A Level and a high-level music diploma delivered by the school.

Musica Mundi School is the only “ALL STEINWAY SCHOOL” in this part of Europe, providing its young talents with these Majestic pianos and excellent practicing and performing conditions.

School counts in the academic year 2022-2023 ( its 5th year of existence ) about 40 young musicians from countries such as Malaysia, China, Chile, Ukraine, Albania, Russia, Bulgaria, Austria, Norway, Poland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Turkey and Holland. Both educations are mixed harmoniously and with a lot of thought and consideration. The well being of the students is the main factor that guides this healthy mixture. Students face with success the official Cambridge Exams and perform regularly during the year in public and private concerts. Numerous events are already programmed for 2022-2023. 

Come and visit us and witness for yourself the life in this unique institution !

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Visit of her Majesty Queen Mathilde.

September 28th, 2023

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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


Mrs. Sophie Wilmès

Former Belgian Prime Minister, Federal Deputy

Mr. & Mrs. Herman Van Rompuy

Former President of the European Council

The European Parliament

Madame Florence Reuter

Bourgmestre de Waterloo

With the presence of

Mr. John Martin

Honorary artistic committee

Ivry Gitlis In Memoriam

Maxim Vengerov Goodwill Ambassador

Martha Argerich

Mischa Maisky

Steven Isserlis

Pavel Gililov


Friends committee

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

Honorary Committee

S.A. Princesse de Ligne

S.A.S Princesse de Croÿ-Roeulx

Dona Marescotti Ruspoli di Poggio Suasa

Comte et Comtesse Gérald de Roquemaurel

Baronne A. Frère

Baronne Martine Piccart-Gebhart

Madame Vincent Van Dessel

Monsieur Marcel Croes

Board of Directors

Dan Arnet

Fabienne Bertrand

Paul De Winter

Sophie Eykerman

Henri Fischgrund

Marc Grosman

Hagit Hassid-Kerbel

Erol Kandiyoti

John Martin

Chantal Servais

Jean-Claude Thiry


School Lady Ambassadors


Liliane Ceraulo

Brigitte de Laubarède 

Michèle de Rudder

Charlotte Fischgrund 

Viviane Grossmann

Mathy Kandiyoti

Fabienne Kirchenstein

Jessica Parser

Françoise Toby

In memory of our dear friend, Yves Vander Cruysen,

Echevin de la Culture, Commune de Waterloo

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Words cannot express the sadness and grief we feel today…


Ivry was our mentor, our guide, our dear friend !

His teaching of music and of life, his jokes , his unique spirit and the poetic sound of his violin playing will remain in our hearts forever !


The Musica Mundi Family



Founders :

Mr Leonid Kerbel - Mrs Hagit Hassid-Kerbel


21, avenue des Marnières
1410 Waterloo - Belgique

e-mail :


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