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Academy 2020/2021 - Strings

17 October 2019

Deadline 1 December 2019

Positions available in the Academy of the Concertgebouworkest

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 2020/2021 season the following Academy string positions are open:

Violin, viola, cello, double bass

During the academy course, which starts in September 2020, the academists play in up to twelve 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.

De academisten ontvangen na succesvol afronden van het academieseizoen een certificaat.


The Academy offers each participant a salary of 1,635 euros gross per month ( 10 months). We require all participants to be present in the Netherlands for the full season (September 2020 through June 2021) 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 2020 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.

Audition take place in Amsterdam. The dates are:

  • 3 February 2020, double bass
  • 4 February 2020, cello
  • 6 February 2020, violin
  • 7 February 2020, viola

Applications must be made online:

Application deadline:1 December 2019.

We require a video with good sound quality. The requested repertoire can be found in the application form on

The Concertgebouworkest reserves the right to make a preliminary selection based on letters / video of application. The results will be communicated by 22 December 2019.

More information about the Academy can be found at:

Half November 2019 we will announce the vacant positions and audition dates for the wind players.