Double Bass 100% (1) – Academy

  • Vacancy Data

  • Institution
    Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam
  • Full description
    Double Bass 100% (1) – Academy
  • Number of positions
  • Type
  • Job share
  • Duration / Start
    September 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024
  • 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 2023/2024 season the following Academy string positions are open: double bass

    During the academy course, which starts 1 September 2023, 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 2023 through June 2024) 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 2023 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 in the possession of a valid Dutch working permit.

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

    The Concertgebouworkest reserves the right to make a preliminary selection based on letters / video of application. The results will be communicated by the end of December 2022.

    More information about the Academy can be found at:

  • Event
    • Audition – February 14, 2023 • 13:00
      Amsterdamzaal - RCO house
      Gabriël Metsustraat 16
      1071 EB Amsterdam (Netherlands)
      Open in Google Maps
  • Mandatory pieces


    First round:

    Dittersdorf - Concerto in D - 1st movement (exposition and development)


    Vanhal - Concerto in C - first movement (exposition and development).

    To be played in orchestral tuning!

  • Optional pieces

    LIVE AUDITION (same day)

    Second round:

    Koussevitsky - Concerto op 3 - first movement (until bar 80)


    Bottesini - Concerto no 2: first movement (until Cadenza)

    To be played in orchestral tuning!

  • Orchestral excerpts

    Beethoven - Symphony No 5 - 3rd movement

    Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 ( Recitatief)

    Strauss - Ein Heldenleben

    Strauss - Don Juan

    Mozart - Symphony 40 (1st movement)

    Verdi - Otello (Act 4, Poco più mosso (Otello solo)

  • Personal letter

    - What are your motivations and interests?

  • Prerequisites
    • Maximum age on September 1, 2023: 26
  • Required document(s)
    • Scan of passport or ID card
  • Video

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

    Requested repertoire video:

    Free piece of double bass repertoire (5 min max)- orchestra or solo tuning

    • 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.