Over het Conservatorium van Amsterdam


The Conservatorium van Amsterdam is deeply committed to excellence in education, performance and creative activity and to the cultural enrichment of the larger community. A premier international conservatory, the CvA inspires and empowers highly talented individuals to realise their potential. For this, the CvA offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses in Classical, Jazz and Popular music, a Music in Education Programme and the National Programme for Young Top Talent. Through this comprehensive offer of genres and courses, the CvA represents a full reflection of the present-day musical landscape. It accordingly plays an active part in shaping national and international musical life, both now and in the future. 

We take full advantage of Amsterdam’s excellent learning and performance opportunities, preparing our students to be passionate performers, composers and teachers, and imaginative, effective contributors to the arts and society. In order to achieve this mission, the CvA offers an exceptional teaching staff of international reputation and standing, a curriculum containing state-of-the-art education in every genre and pathway of the present-day musical landscape and close collaboration with renowned national and international musical institutions.


The Conservatorium van Amsterdam prepares some 1250 highly talented students for careers as passionate performers and composers, and as imaginative, effective leaders in the international music scene. Our guiding principle is ‘excellent education’. Our international student body thrives in a supportive atmosphere that encourages excellence, values individuals and welcomes innovation. The CvA inspires the performance, creation and knowledge of great music, while exchange programmes, distant learning and entrepreneurial opportunities expand the school’s reach. Every year, hunderds of concerts and community and outreach events take place. The CvA is a steady contributor to the cultural fabric of Amsterdam and an important player on the world stage.

The musical world is always in motion. This has a major impact on the infrastructure, artistic concepts and how we reach out to audiences. The musician of the future will be a specialist who is in full charge of his profession, and who possesses skills beyond his excellence in performance. The CvA follows a clear path through all this: excellence above all. Every element of the musical profession is practised at a high level; musical craftmanship, artistic authenticity, but also didactic and entrepreneurial skills. All of this provides graduate CvA students with the best possible starting position for a career in the international music world.