FAQ


Auditioning for the Orchester-Akademie


Vacancies

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.

Application
You may send your application materials either by post or email. Please note that we will process only complete applications. These must include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Copy of conservatory diploma/post-secondary music degree or certificate of registration/enrolment/matriculation
  3. Passport photo
  4. Application form


An automatic confirmation of receipt will be sent for email applications. No confirmation of receipt will be provided for postal applications.

Application deadline
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.

Language
You may apply to the Orchester-Akademie in German or English. German is generally spoken in the orchestra.

Invitation
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.

Alternative dates
It will not be possible to arrange an alternative date for individual candidates.

Audition pieces

  1. Set pieces: The prescribed works listed in the announcement and invitation are to be prepared completely.
  2. Pieces of your choice: The Orchester-Akademie must be notified of your choice of pieces no later than a week before the audition.


Piano accompaniment
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.

Piano pitch
The piano is tuned to 443 Hz.

Parts
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.

Warm-up opportunities
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.

Procedure
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.

Auditors
It will not be possible to bring auditors/guests.


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