Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation

under The Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana

RBSO Strings Audition 2018

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Audition Dates

Tuesday 9 October 2018
Thursday 11 October 2018
Sunday 14 October 2018

Application period and audition date:

  • Application deadline 15th September 2018 at 5 pm. No application will be accepted after this time and date
  • The audition will be held on the 6th floor, Chamjuree 9, Chulalongkorn University

Application Requirements

  • The application is to be filled out online in English only.

  • The applicant also must supply a CV and a video clip of 1 concerto movement (with cadenza).
    The video should be uploaded to Youtube and the link forwarded to bsof@bangkoksymphony.org

  • Candidates to be auditioned will be announced and posted on September 28, 2018 on www.bangkoksymphony.org.
    Candidates can also be notified by email if the email address is provided on the application form.

  • Upon application acceptance candidates will be notified for an audition appointment schedule.
    The auditions will take place on October 9, 11, and 14.

  • Each candidate auditioning will be required to play a specific repertoire.
    Upon appointment with BSOF office, the repertoire scores can be picked up at the BSOF office in the Alma Link building.

  • RBSO will provide an accompanist for the audition however it is recommended that musicians bring their own pianist if possible.

Audition committee

The audition committee will include:

- Michel Tilkin, Music director
- John Floore, Artistic advisor


It will be a blind audition. Each musician will be required to play up to 30 minutes (TBC by committee during the audition, perhaps shorter, perhaps longer). During the live blind audition process, the audition committee will not be allowed to communicate at all with the auditioning candidates.

The audition committee will use scorecards for each musician auditioning.

Open Audition for String Sections (as follows)

1. Concertmaster
2. Assistant concertmaster
3. Tutti first violin
4. Principal second violin
5. Tutti second violin

6. Principal viola
7. Tutti viola
8. Principal cello
9. Tutti cello
10. Principal double bass
11. Tutti double bass
Audition Repertoire for Concertmaster & Assistant Concertmaster
1. Solo pieces
- Free Mozart Concerto (first movement with cadenza)
- Free Romantic concerto (first movement with cadenza)

2. Solo part for orchestra excerpts
- Rimsky-Korsakoff: cadenza’s from Sheherazade
- Dvorak: Cello Concerto (3rd movement)
- Brahms: Symphony No.1
- R. Strauss: Don Juan (first page)
- H. Berlioz: Fantastic Symphony (first page)

3. Orchestra Excerpts
- Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (3rd movement)
- Beethoven: Symphony No.3 (scherzo)
- Mozart: Symphony No.39 (4th movement)
- Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (1st movement)
- Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (4th movement)

Download required music score here
Audition Repertoire for Tutti Violin
1. Solo pieces
- Mozart: Violin Concerto (free choice) 1st movement with cadenza

2. Orchestra Excerpts
- Beethoven Symphony No.9 (3rd movement)
- Beethoven Symphony No.3 (scherzo)
- Mozart: Symphony No. 39 (4th movement)
- Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 (1st movement)
- Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (4th movement)

Download required music score here
Audition Repertoire for Principal Viola
1. Solo pieces
- Hoffmeister: Viola Concerto (1st movement) with cadenza
or
- Stamitz: Viola concerto (1st movement) with cadenza
and
- Free concerto 1st movement or solo piece

2. Solo part for Orchestra Excerpts
- Puccini: Intermezzo (Manon Lescaut)
- Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, movement 2

3. Orchestra excerpts
- Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 (1st movement)
- Smetana: The bartered bride Overture
- Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s dream (scherzo)
- Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
- Berlioz: Carnaval Romain Overture

Download required music score here
Audition for Tutti Viola
1. Solo pieces
- Hoffmeister: Viola Concerto (1st movement) with cadenza
or
- Stamitz: Viola concerto (1st movement) with cadenza

2. Orchestra excerpts
- Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 (1st movement)
- Smetana: The bartered bride Overture
- Mendelssohn: scherzo from Midsummer Night’s dream
- Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
- Berlioz: Carnaval Romain Overture

Download required music score here
Audition Repertoire for Principal Cello
1. Solo pieces
- Free choice Haydn Cello Concerto (1st movement) with cadenza
- Free choice concerto (1st movement)

2. Solo part for Orchestra excerpts
- Mozart: Don Giovanni batti batti (solo cello)
- Rossini: William Tell Overture (opening only)
- Brahms: Piano concerto no. 2, movement 2

3. Orchestra excerpts
- Beethoven Symphony No.9 (4th movement)
- Beethoven Symphony No.8 (trio from scherzo)
- Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (slow movement)
- Bruckner Symphony No.7 (slow movement)
- Mozart Symphony No.40 (1st movement)

Download required music score here
Audition Repertoire for Tutti Cello
1. Solo pieces
- Free choice Haydn Cello Concerto (1st movement) without cadenza

2. Orchestra excerpts
- Beethoven Symphony No.9 (4th movement)
- Beethoven Symphony No.8 (trio from scherzo)
- Beethoven Symphony No.5 (slow movement)
- Bruckner Symphony No.7 (slow movement)
- Mozart: Symphony No. 40 (1st movement)

Download required music score here
Audition Repertoire for Principal Double Bass
1. Solo pieces
- Dittersdorf: Double bass Concerto (1st movement) with cadenza
- Free concerto (1st movement) or solo piece

2. Solo part for Orchestra excerpts
- Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite (double bass solo)
- Verdi : Otello 4th act (double bass solo)

3. Orchestra excerpts
- Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
- Mozart: Symphony No.40 (1st movement)
- Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Overture
- Beethoven: Symphony No.5 (scherzo)
- Beethoven: Symphony 9 (4th movement)

Download required music score here
Audition Repertoire for Tutti Double Bass
1. Solo pieces
- Dittersdorf: Double concerto (1st movement) no cadenza

2. Orchestra excerpts
- Strauss,R.: Ein Heldenleben
- Mozart: Symphony No.40 (1st movement)
- Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Overture
- Beethoven: Symphony No.5 (Scherzo)
- Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (4th movement)

Download required music score here
There are no fees associated with this application process.

Kindly submit the online application form here
by the deadline of September 15, 2018 before 5pm.