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 same philosophy, every summer for the last 18 years
Musica Mundi has been holding an international chamber music course and festival
for young musicians aged 10 to 18. Each year, the course is attended by some 70
participants from all corners of the world: 30 countries were represented in
2016. The vast majority of these talented young people have few or no financial
resources; thanks to sponsors and patrons, they receive full scholarships which
cover both their living expenses and their musical education.
The growing success of the
course and the festival over these last 18 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.
As far as the teaching agenda
is concerned, the school intends to offer 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 intends to provide. 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. At the Musica Mundi
concert at the Centre of Fine Arts of Brussels on the 2nd May 2011, Maxim
Vengerov announced that he was to serve as ambassador for the school project!
The Musica Mundi School will be created on the historical and spiritual site of
the “Abbaye 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» will create in
Fichermont its international primary and secondary music school with boarding
house. The whole historic domain of Fichermont will be preserved with respect to
the site of this former convent, including the use of the chapel, and will find
a beautiful new assignment in the service of young talents and music.
school, with English as its vehicular language, will offer a complete general
education from the 5th primary year and up to the 6th secondary year. The school
will follow the Cambridge International Examinations program and qualifications,
and will deliver a high school diploma certified by this program. A boarding
school will welcome the young talents who will arrive from all over the world.
Professional music education
will be provided by all the artists who are already part of the «Musica Mundi
Family» - Maxim Vengerov, the school’s 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 will be present at the school regularly.
Young talents will be accepted on the basis of an audition and according to
their talent only. Scholarships will be offered to those in need.