All free places in the Orchester-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker e.V. are announced on our website. If an instrument is not mentioned, there is currently no vacancy for it.
You may send your application materials either by post or email. Please note that we will process only complete applications. These must include:
An automatic confirmation of receipt will be sent for email applications. No confirmation of receipt will be provided for postal applications.
Applications will be accepted up to six weeks before the audition. The exact date is given in the Internet. Later applications can only be processed if there is an opening left to be filled.
You may apply to the Orchester-Akademie in German or English. German is generally spoken in the orchestra.
Once the application deadline is past, the participants in the audition will be selected by the Berliner Philharmoniker. Invitations or rejections will then be sent by post as well as email. (It will unfortunately not be possible to deal with enquiries before the application deadline.) Invited applicants must notify the Orchester-Akademie no later than a week before the audition if they will be taking part; otherwise they will not be included in the list of participants.
It will not be possible to arrange an alternative date for individual candidates.
All auditions are accompanied by a répétiteur engaged by the Orchester-Akademie. If you would prefer to bring along your own accompanist, please let the Orchester-Akademie know this in advance.
The piano is tuned to 443 Hz.
Music for the set pieces is available to the piano accompanist. Please bring music for the pieces of your choice in internationally familiar, standard editions.
The possibilities for warming up in the Philharmonie are limited. Break-out (group) rooms will be made available no later than an hour before the audition begins. Room allocation is handled by the porter. The auditoriums are available only during the actual audition.
The Orchester-Akademie’s auditions last roughly three to four hours and are divided into at least two rounds. In the first round, portions of the set piece are performed. Following a meeting by the jury, the participants in the second round will be announced.
Video recordings/Audio documentation
Audio-visual recordings may not be substituted for participation in the audition.
It will not be possible to bring auditors/guests.