FAQ young

Here you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions.


What is Concertgebouworkest Young?

Young is an orchestral training programme established by the Concertgebouworkest for talented, young instrumentalists aged fourteen to seventeen. Young is particularly focused on attracting young people from social groups which are poorly served and under-represented in Europe as far as classical orchestral music is concerned. Each summer, a group of young musicians comes together to learn from, and work with, the musicians of the Concertgebouworkest in various scenarios – including coachings, sectional rehearsals, chamber music ensembles and personal development sessions – and to perform under the direction of an internationally renowned conductor.

Who can participate in Young?

Young is open to European citizens from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from those who will bring greater diversity to classical orchestral music and those who have not yet had access to highly selective training opportunities through youth orchestra programmes, summer festivals, camps, etc., outside of their communities. You must be between the ages of 14 and 17 during the summer 2022. This means that your birthdate must be between 22 August 2004 and 4 August 2008, with no exceptions.

When will the programme take place?

The third edition of Concertgebouworkest Young will take place from 4 to 21 August 2022.The online auditions are open from 8 November 2021 until 7 February 2022.

Where does the Young summer camp residency take place?

Young will be in residence at Akoesticum, Ede (the Netherlands). Akoesticum is the most important performing arts training centre of the Netherlands that is specialised in hosting youth orchestras. It has outstanding rehearsal and practice facilities where all full orchestral rehearsals take place, and all young musicians and staff members will be hosted.


Where will the orchestra perform?

In 2022 there will be a performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg (Germany). There will also be a try out in Akoesticum, and chamber music concerts.

What language is used at Young?

The language of communication is English. During the summer camp, participants will be supported by mentors who can speak several other languages as well.

Are there any costs or payments involved for those participating in Young?

Young is free of charge for all participants. The programme provides accommodation and meals for the duration and covers the cost of all activities such as instruction, rehearsal and performance. No tuition fees are applicable. Travel is booked for participants, or travel costs are reimbursed. All further details will be provided following the participant’s acceptance.

What else can I expect from my experience at Young?

In addition to orchestra rehearsals and the opportunity to work closely with members of the Concertgebouworkest, Young participants can establish both musical and social ties with members of the orchestra. They can also attend workshops designed to develop cultural leadership skills, empowering them to make a difference in their communities with their music and become ambassadors for Young.


How do I apply?

The audition and application process are all done online. Click here to learn more about the application process.

When can I apply?

The application for Young 2022 is open from 8 November 2021 to 7 February 2022. The selection will be made in February 2022. In March 2022 all the applicants will receive a message with the result.

How will my application be assessed?

In accordance with its objective, Young selects a wide range of qualified participants from across the EU to reflect the exceptional diversity of Europe. Applications are judged on a combination of factors including the candidate’s technical ability, musicality, passion, willingness to collaborate, intellectual curiosity, and social and emotional maturity.

Are exceptions made to the age requirements?


What are the residency requirements for Young?

Any citizen of a European country in possession of a passport, identity card or residence permit may apply. If you have any doubts or questions about this, please contact us at young@concertgebouworkest.nl.

Are there openings for my instrument?

In the summer of 2022, the Young symphony orchestra will consist of seventy-three musicians. Candidates playing the following instruments may apply: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute/piccolo, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, timpani and percussion.

Can I apply for more than one instrument?

Yes, but each instrument requires a separate application. Please note: for secondary instruments like the piccolo, alto oboe and bass clarinet, no separate application is required.

Can I participate in Young more than once?

Yes, as long as you meet all the various requirements. However, all candidates must reapply each year and submit a new audition video.

Do I have to be nominated to apply to Young?

Yes, a formal nomination by a music teacher, the conductor of an ensemble, the leader of a school/band/orchestra or community is a required component of the application.

Do my two references both have to be from musicians?

No, but it is helpful if at least one of them is. Music teachers, orchestral conductors and private teachers are all acceptable as musical referees, but a reference from an academy teacher or other non-musical mentor is also possible.

Can my nominator also be one of my referees?

Yes. In that case, he or she must also complete the separate recommendation form submitted via Acceptd.

My solo is longer than three minutes. Is that allowed?

You may choose a three-minute excerpt from a longer piece or a recording of a performance.

My video recordings are not of professional quality. Will that hurt my chances of being admitted to Young?

No, we understand that not everyone has the means to record a professional video, and our goal is to make Young accessible to anyone wishing to apply. As long as the candidate is clearly visible and audible, the audition will be judged solely on musical merit and not on production quality. Most auditions are recorded using simple equipment like smartphones or tablets.

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Who will be conducting the Young orchestra?

The conductor for Young 2022 has yet to be announced.

Who will be instructing those participating in Young?

Musicians of the Concertgebouworkest. There will also be a group of mentors on hand to support the young people during the summer camp.