• Vacancy Data

  • Institution
    Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra Academy
  • Full description
    Cello - Academy (1) – Academy
  • Number of positions
    1
  • Type
    Academy
  • Job share
    100%
  • Duration / Start
    September 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024
  • Application deadline
    January 30, 2023
  • Additional notes

    The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra Academy offers talented young musicians an extensive orchestral program in one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras. 

    During the 2023-2024 season we offer:  

    • 12 weeks playing in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. 
    • Frequent private lessons in orchestral playing, audition training and chamber music. Coaching will be given by primarily the leaders of the orchestra with involvement of other musicians of the RPhO. 
    • 2 Mock auditions + behind the screen training.
    • Chamber music opportunities, with and without members of the RPhO.
    • Participation in educational projects. 
    • Master classes by renowned conductors and soloists. 
    • Alexander Technique and Haptonomy lessons. 
    • Mental Preparation training. 
    • Each academist will have a buddy throughout the year. 
    • During the academy season each academist will receive a salary of € 1500 gross ,- per month.
    • During the academy season (10 months) each academist is obligated to provide his own health insurance and housing.
    • Academists will receive a certificate upon completion of the academy. 
    • Current conservatory study should be put on hold during the academy year. 
    • Academists who have completed the academy will be allowed access to the first round of upcoming auditions for a period of three years.
    • The maximum age for students is 27 on 1 September 2023. 
    • Proficient English is required. 
    • The academy is open to musicians who are holding the nationality of a European Union country, Norway, Liechtenstein, Island, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.
    • More information about the academy can be found at https://www.rotterdamsphilharmonisch.nl/en/the-orchestra/academy



  • Event
    • Audition – March 20, 2023 • 10:00
      Concertgebouw de Doelen
      Kruistraat
      3012 CT Rotterdam (Netherlands)
      Open in Google Maps
  • Event notes

    The live audition will be held in Concertgebouw de Doelen, Kruisstraat 2, 3012 CT Rotterdam. 

  • Mandatory pieces

    1 st. movement exposition: Dvorak or Schumann concerto.

  • Personal letter

    What is your motivation to join the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra Academy?

  • Prerequisites
    • Maximum age on September 1, 2023: 27
  • Required document(s)
    • Scan of passport or ID card
  • Video

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

    Haydn Concerto in D major - 1st movement exposition, piano accompaniment is not mandatory.

    1.      L. van Beethoven - Symphonie No. 5:  Andante until bar 123

    2.      R. Strauss  - Ein Heldenleben: First page

    3.      F. Mendelssohn   - A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

    Deadline to submit your video recording is 30 January 2023


    Audition recording guidelines:

    You are allowed to record your concerto and your excerpts in 2 separate takes. However, your  excerpts should be recorded in a single take to replicate a live audition. 

    In between the different works/excerpts you are allowed to re-tune or clean your instrument if necessary. This must remain part of the integral recording. Time may be taken between works, just as may happen in a live audition.

    You have to be visible from the front, from head to toe at all times including your hands.

    Edited recordings are inadmissible.

    Please record in a room with a dry/medium dry acoustic.

    You may use 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, or a sound recorder with build-in camera, or combined with video from phone/tablet or camera.