Auditions

THE EUROPEAN UNION YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the EUYO is changing the process for the autumn 2020 auditions to enable a completely online process.

In 2020 only, since they have not had the opportunity to meet and perform physically, members of the 2020 Orchestra are  invited to become members for 2021. This leaves only a limited number of places available in the 2021 orchestra.

All other EU musicians aged 16-26 are invited to audition. As an exceptional measure, every musician auditioning will be judged by an EUYO tutor expert in their instrument(s), and will also receive individual online feedback from either a member of the senior EUYO audition panel, or an EUYO alumni tutor. Therefore, all musicians applying for the EUYO autumn 2020 auditions will receive personal feedback sessions.

THE SELECTION PROCESS

All candidates must submit a video of themselves playing four minutes of a piece of their choice with piano accompaniment, plus two orchestral excerpts. The videos of the first round will be judged by the EUYO’s instrumental faculty, so each video will be judged by a specialist in your own instrument. Successful candidates will be invited to the final round, which consists of a live online session with one experienced panel member. However, to ensure a fair judgement all auditions will be recorded on video so that they can be compared with all other audition candidates across Europe. You can find further information on the process on the Rules and Regulations page.

FIRST ROUND VIDEO AUDITION

Please record a video of yourself playing the following in one take:

  • The required orchestral excerpts, which you can download here;
  • A solo piece of your choice, no longer than 4 minutes. It is acceptable to play only four minutes of a longer piece.

The video cannot be from a performance or an older recording. It is to your own advantage if the video is in a high quality and if you play with a pianist. We realize that this might not be possible in your country due to coronavirus, so we do accept videos without piano accompaniment. 

Once you have created a video, please upload it on YouTube. Make sure the setting is on 'unlisted' (not 'private' or 'public'). Insert the YouTube link in the application form below. No other format will be accepted. 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY WITH YOUR VIDEO

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30, 2020.

AUDITIONS TIMELINE
July 1: Announcement of online auditions and timeline and opening of registration process
All candidates from all countries will be asked to record and submit a video of themselves playing a piece of their choice, with piano accompaniment, plus two orchestral excerpts.
July 10: Confirmation deadline for all 2020 members to reconfirm their participation in 2021.
September 30: Deadline for submission of first-round videos.
November 2: Results of the video round announced to candidates.
November 3-30: Live online auditions heard by senior jurors.
Live online feedback sessions for applicants rejected after Round 1 take place with EUYO Alumni Tutors. These may continue after Nov. 30 as necessary.
December 14: Results announced to second-round candidates; invitations to candidates to follow.

Detailed application info is available on the EUYO homepage.

Questions and additional info:
Kai Kiiv
+372 6675 721
kai.kiiv@eamt.ee

 

The European Union Youth Orchestra, founded in 1976, is by now one of the world's pre-eminent symphony orchestras that has worked with many of the world’s greatest musicians including Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Mstislav Rostropovich and particularly its three Music Directors and current Chief Conductor: Founding Music Director Claudio Abbado, former Music Director Vladimir Ashkenazy, former Music Director and current Conductor Laureate Bernard Haitink, and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko.