Horn 100% (High and Low Horn) (1) – Academy

  • Vacancy Data

  • Institution
    Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam
  • Full description
    Horn 100% (High and Low Horn) (1) – Academy
  • Number of positions
  • Type
  • Job share
    100% (High and Low Horn)
  • Duration / Start
    September 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
  • Application deadline
  • Additional notes



    The Academy offers talented young musicians the opportunity to gain experience as orchestral players in one of the world’s leading symphony orchestras.

    For the 2022/ 2023 season the following Academy position is open: Horn

    During the academy course, which starts 1 September 2022, the academists play in up to fifteen programs of the orchestra under the guidance of mentors from the orchestra. In addition, the academists attend private lessons given by the principals, and they play chamber music with fellow academists and with members of the orchestra. They participate in various workshops such as auditioning, educational activities and mental training, and they are offered classes in movement and posture training including Alexander Technique. The academists receive Academy certificates on successful completion of the course.


    The Academy offers each participant a salary of 1,689 euros gross per month ( 10 months).

    We require all participants to be present in the Netherlands for the full season (September 2022 through June 2023) and to participate in all activities offered. The academists are responsible for obtaining their health insurance and their housing in Amsterdam.

    Who can apply? Musicians who:

    • are not older than 26 at 1 September 2022 and

    • preferably have a Bachelor’s degree or are studying for a Master’s degree and

    • are holding the nationality of a European Union country plus, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland. Or are already in the possession of a valid Dutch working permit.

    The Concertgebouworkest will make a preliminary selection based on letters and videos of application. The results will be communicated by the end of January 2022.

    We require a video with good sound quality. The requested repertoire can be found below!

    More information about the Academy can be found at:

  • Event
    • Audition – March 10, 2022 • 10:00
      Amsterdamzaal - RCO house
      Gabriël Metsustraat 16
      1071 EB Amsterdam (Netherlands)
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  • Mandatory pieces

    Live audition

    W.A. Mozart

    Horn Concerto no.2 (KV417) in Eb major, first mvt. (Allegro) - bar 25 - 117 (until reprise)


    Horn Concerto no.4 (KV495) in Eb major, first mvt. (Allegro maestoso) - bar 36 - 132 (until reprise)

  • Orchestral excerpts

    Round 1

    Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 9 in D Major

    2nd Horn, 1st mvt. (Andante comodo) - opening bars until second bar after [2] (bar 19).

    Richard Strauss, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28,

    1st Horn until bar 21 [1]

    Round 2

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op.36

    3rd Horn, 1st mvt. (Andante sostenuto), until bar 21

    Johannes Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a

    2nd Horn, Variation VI (Vivace) - without repeats

    Richard Strauss, Don Quixote, Op. 35

    4th Horn (in F), Var. VII and VIII until 3rd bar of [60]

    Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 3 in D Minor

    3rd Horn, Erste Abteilung No.1. (1st mvt. Kräftig. Entschieden), [29] with upbeat, until [31]

    Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'

    2nd Horn, 3rd mvt. - Trio from Scherzo, bar 171 - 205

    Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9

    4th Horn (In Eb), 3rd mvt. (Adagio molto e cantabile), upbeat 83 (Adagio) - 99 (12/8 - Lo stesso tempo)

  • Personal letter

    What are your motivations and interests?

  • Prerequisites
    • Maximum age on September 1, 2022: 26
  • Required document(s)
    • Scan of passport or ID card
  • Video

    Video(s) are required for pre-selection purposes (details below).

    Requested repertoire for video:

    Richard Strauss, Horn Concerto No.1, Op.11, 1st movement (Allegro)

    • Preferably with piano accompaniment but is not mandatory

    Technical specifications and recording tips

    Recording devices

    - a phone or tablet with a good internal microphone or preferably with an external microphone attachment

    - a laptop with a USB microphone or microphone connected to an audio interface

    - a sound recorder with build-in camera or combined with video from phone/tablet or camera

    Camera frame and microphone placement

    - experiment with the placement of your recording device(s) to achieve the following results:


                 -           Make sure to have adequate lighting while recording, with no bright lights or bright windows in the background. 

                               If the lighting in a room isn't sufficient you can use a window with daylight as a natural light source.


                 -           Frame yourself so that at least your entire upper body and face are visible. Have the full instrument in the frame.


                 -           A clear and undistorted recording is the goal. If the sound is distorted, change the distance or orientation to the microphone. 

                 -            Choose a quiet and well sounding location that is not too dry or has too much echo.

    Editing and recording "takes"

                 - You are allowed to combine audio and video from different sources but the recording as a whole should be made in one unedited take.