• Vacancy Data

  • Institution
    Zermatt Music Festival & Academy
  • Full description
    Cello (4) – Academy
  • Number of positions
  • Type
  • Duration / Start
    September 5, 2020 - September 20, 2020
  • Application deadline
  • Additional notes


    The village of Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn, offers peace and relaxation in one of the most beautiful places in the world. This unique atmosphere, in the middle of a breathtaking natural landscape, enchanted Pablo Casals who regularly spent his summer holidays here in the 1950’s and 60’s. Together with Franz Seiler, General Manager of the Seiler Hotels Zermatt during that time, he founded the Zermatt summer concerts and master classes, to which he invited almost all of the famous musicians of his day as chamber music partners and lecturers.

    This tradition in Zermatt was revived in 2005 with the establishment of the Zermatt Music Festival. Chamber music and orchestral concerts are performed by the Scharoun Ensemble and other soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the beautiful Riffelalp Kapelle located at 2.222 meters above the sea level as well as at other locations in Zermatt.

    These highly qualified students benefit from the support of the Berlin Scharoun Ensemble with whom they form the Zermatt Festival Orchestra. The supervision of students by members of the Berlin Philharmonic, who are experienced chamber and orchestral musicians, is an encouragement at the highest level. After successfully fulfilling the conditions for their participation in the first year of their presence in Zermatt, academics have the opportunity to return for a second edition. By renewing this experience, they perpetuate the valuable learning they received the previous year.


    WIND SECTION Alexander Bader, clarinet Markus Weidmann, bassoon Stefan de Leval Jezierski, French horn

    STRING SECTION Noah Bendix-Balgley, Violin Christophe Horak, violin Rachel Schmidt, violin Micha Afkham, viola Claudio Bohorquez, cello Peter Riegelbauer, double bass

    SOLOISTS/CONDUCTORS Noah Bendix-Balgley, Violin Steven Osborne, Piano Heinz Holliger, Oboe and conductor


    The Zermatt Festival Academy is designed for excellent young musicians and chamber music ensembles who generally are members of the following institutions: European Union Youth Orchestra Orchestra Academy, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester Junge Deutsche Philharmonie Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker or any other orchestra academies It is also possible to apply without being a member of any of these institutions. Scholarship holders should still be students and should not have any permanent job already


    Scholarship holders do not pay any fees for lessons, accommodation and food. Any travel expenses will not be paid by the Festival. The scholarship holders will be selected by members of the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin until May 15th . 2020.

    For any questions please contact Anna v. Lüneburg, Director of Zermatt Festival Academy: academy@zermattfestival.com, +49 (0) 177 589 7271

    For more information, a.o. the programme, see the PDF. For German version, see PDF: “Ausschreibung Zermatt Festival Academy 2020 DEUTSCH”

  • Prerequisites
    • Maximum age on September 5, 2020: 28
    • Minimum age on September 5, 2020: 18
  • Video

    Video(s) are required (details below). No live audition.

    Haydn Cellokonzert D-Dur oder C-Dur: Exposition und Kadenz des ersten Satzes

    Haydn Cello concerto D-Major or C-Major: Exposition and cadenza of the first movement

    (Piano accompaniment is not mandatory)