Taking part in Young

How would you like to be fully immersed in classical music for two whole weeks together with your peers from all over Europe? Discover the great symphonic repertoire under the baton of a world-famous conductor. Come and perform as a member of Concertgebouworkest Young!

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Young 2022

In 2022, Young will be held – for the third time – from 4 to 21 August.

It is no longer possible to apply for Young 2022.


Applications are welcome from candidates playing the standard symphonic instruments such as the violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute/piccolo, oboe/english horn, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba and timpani.

Audition requirements

Young is open to EU residents from any background whatsoever. We are particularly open to candidates who can bring a greater degree of diversity to classical orchestral music and/or who have not had access or the opportunity to train at the highest level or to participate in highly qualified youth orchestras, summer festivals or similar experiences outside their communities.

As a participant, you must be between the ages of fourteen and eighteen in the summer of 2022. That means you must have been born between 22 August 2004 and 4 August 2008. Unfortunately, we cannot make exceptions to this rule.


Each young musician must be nominated by someone who knows him or her well – a music teacher or a conductor of a local youth orchestra, school orchestra or ensemble, for example. The nominator writes a recommendation for the young person in question by filling in an online recommendation form. Anyone wishing to nominate a young person with hidden talent should send an email to young@concertgebouworkest.nl including the young musician’s name and address. We will then forward the link to the Acceptd website where the application process takes place.

Two recommendations

You will need two referees (one of whom is the nominator) whose email addresses you need to provide. After you have submitted your completed application, both of them will receive a link to an online recommendation form. Please note: this email is sent directly from Acceptd (i.e. not from Young or from the Concertgebouworkest). Your two referees will then make their confidential recommendations based on your personal and musical qualities. Important questions that need to be answered are:

  • What is the musical motivation for making the recommendation?
  • How would the nominee contribute to Young’s other objectives regarding diversity, ambassadorship and hidden talent?

Biographical essay

Describe your background, musical experience and education.

  • Where do you come from? Where do you live? Describe your family, your school and your musical and other hobbies.
  • How long have you had lessons? With whom have you studied? Have you won any prizes? Do you have experience playing in an orchestra?

Audition excerpts

For your convenience, we have provided sheet music of the required excerpts for Young’s 2022 application. If you are unfamiliar with these excerpts, or with performing excerpts in general, we encourage you to listen to recordings of the pieces and bring the excerpts to your private instructors or ensemble leaders for their input.



Mahler – Symphony No. 1
Movement IV: Number 16-19

Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 'New World'
Movement I: bars 21-148
Movement III: beginning-bar 48
Movement IV: bars 26-121  

Download Audition excerpts Violin (pdf)


Mozart – Symphony No. 31 'Paris'
Movement I: beginning-bar 40; bars 65-74

Beethoven – Symphony No. 5
Movement II: beginning-bar 10

Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 'New World'
Movement IV: excerpt 

Download Audition excerpts viola (pdf)


Mozart – Symphony No. 41 ‘Jupiter’
Movement IV: bars 46-73

Brahms – Symphony No. 2
Movement II: bars 1-15 and bars 49-55

Popper – Etude No. 10 (Op. 73)
(Instead of scales)

Download Audition excerpts Cello (pdf)


Double Bass

Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 'New World'
Movement I: bars 157-185; bars 209-236
Movement II: bars 54-64
Movement IV: bars 243-252  

Download audition excerpts Double Bass (pdf)



Bizet – Entr’acte from Carmen
Beginning until 5 bars before [B]

Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 'New World'
Movement I: bars 91-320; bars 370-377
Movement II: bars 91-94
Movement III: bars 68-76

Download Audition excerpts Flute (pdf)


Beethoven – Symphony No. 9
Movement IV: bars 343-431

Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 'New World'
Movement I: beginning-bar 8

Download Audition excerpts Piccolo (pdf) 

Oboe & English Horn

Beethoven – Symphony No. 3
Movement II: beginning until four bars before letter [B]

Rossini - La scala di seta
Overture: bars 6-[1]; [2]-[3]

Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 'New World'
Movement II: English Horn Solo, excerpt

Download Audition excerpts oboe & english horn (pdf 


Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 'Pastorale'
Movement I: bars 418-492

Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 'New World'
Movement I: bars 27-31; bars 77-99; bars 320-328
Movement II: bars 54-72
Movement III: bars 76-83
Movement IV: bars 313-320 

Download Audition excerpts clarinet (pdf)


Stravinsky – The Firebird
Andante: bars 1-7

Brahms – Symphony No. 2
Movement II: bar 1-4; bars 19-27; bars 97-100
Movement IV: beginning-bar 5 (2nd bassoon); bars 13-37; bars 118-135

Beethoven – Violin Concerto
Movement I: bars 18-28; bars 400-403; bars 523-529
Movement II: bars 20-30

Download Audition excerpts bassoon (pdf)



Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 'New World'
Movement II: 2nd horn, 2 excerpts
Movement III: 4th horn, excerpt
Movement IV: 1st horn, excerpt; 4th horn, excerpt

Download audition excerpts (pdf)


Beethoven – Violin Concerto
Movement I: 2nd trumpet, bars 346-357

Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 'New World'
Movement I: 1st trumpet, no. 13-end
Movement II: beginning-bar 5; excerpt
Movement III: 1st trumpet, coda
Movement IV: 1st trumpet, 2 excerpts

Download audition excerpts Trompet (pdf)


Mozart – Tuba mirum from Requiem
From beginning to the first beat of B

Berlioz – Hungarian March from La damnation de Faust
One bar before [4] - three bars after [5]

Download audition excerpts Trombone (pdf)

Bass trombone

Schumann – Symphony No. 3
Movement IV: bars 1-23

Berlioz – Hungarian March from La damnation de Faust
One bar before [4]  - three bars after [5]

Download audition excerpts Bass trombone (pdf)


Wagner – Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Letter J - Letter L

Respighi – Fontane di Roma
Allegro vivace: rehearsal numbers 11-14 

Download audition excerpts Tuba (pdf)


Audition videos – ground rules

All candidates applying to Young must record videos complying with the conditions set out below.

  • Each performance component must be recorded in one take with no editing. You can, of course, choose to submit the best of more than one take.
  • All videos must have been recorded no later than eight months before the end of the application period.
  • Successful applicants to Young are not required to use professional equipment and/or studio space. If you pay attention to a few details, you can communicate your way of making music successfully using readily available consumer electronics. Many successful candidates have submitted videos made using an iPhone or other smartphone.
  • Watch our video instructions for additional information and suggestions for creating a successful audition recording.

Audition videos – required components

Introduction: before you begin to perform your solo selection, you should introduce yourself by stating your name, instrument, where you live and the title of the solo piece you have chosen.

Solo piece: in principle, you are free in your choice of a solo piece or excerpt from a longer work, provided that it is about three minutes long. For some instruments, the recommendation is to perform the exposition of a classical solo concerto. This is specified in the relevant audition excerpts. If the piece is longer than three minutes, you may either record an excerpt or submit an otherwise unedited three-minute excerpt from a longer recording. You may also use a recent solo recording if it meets the Young audition requirements, but please do include a spoken introduction and add it as a separate upload. A piece with piano accompaniment is strongly preferred (except if you are applying for timpani).

Excerpts:  at least one orchestral excerpt is required for every instrument.

Scales: you are asked to play one major and one minor (harmonic or melodic) scale in a key of your choice with no more than four flats or sharps, from memory and at a tempo that suits you. You must play each scale twice, once legato and once non-legato, using an articulation or bowing of your choice. Candidates applying for violin, viola and cello must play two or three octaves; candidates applying for double bass and winds must play two octaves.

Video essay: you are asked to answer the following questions.

  • Young aims to select young talent who could use a little extra support in their musical career. How does this apply (or not) to your situation?
  • Young aims to represent the diversity of Europe. How can you help us achieve this goal?
  • Young invites Young alumni to become ambassadors for the programme and for classical music in their communities or home countries. What would make you a good ambassador?


Video guidelines

Where possible, we encourage you to keep the following in mind when making the recording.  

  1. Consider lighting, framing, and camera placement. Film in a well-lit space, and be sure that there is mostly lighting in front of you (rather than from behind). Place the camera so that you, your instrument, and your full range of motion are in the frame at all times; we should also be able to see both you and your pianist during the accompanied work, if applicable. Choose a medium distance that shows as much detail as possible, while still allowing the image to be framed as described above.
  2. Try to place the camera on a tripod or flat surface when shooting.
  3. Test the audio level so that there is no distortion during the loudest passages of your selections, while also making sure that the softest portions can still be heard. If possible, consider using an external microphone connected to your camera to record your playing and speaking.
  4. Prior to recording your audition video, clean and/or adjust your instrument to be sure it is in the best possible condition. You may wish to ask your music teacher or a professional repair person to look at your instrument to assist with any necessary adjustments.
  5. While it is not necessary to use a grand piano for the accompanied segment, please be sure the instrument is in good tune before recording.
  6. Other than stopping and starting the camera between segments, no editing of the audio or video is permitted. Applicants whose videos show evidence of any cuts, splicing, manipulation of pitch, or other alteration within a performance segment will be subject to disqualification. Please note the selection of a complete, unedited performance segment out of multiple takes is permissible.
  7. You will be uploading your video files using our online application service (Acceptd). The following common digital formats are accepted. File sizes up to 5 GB are accepted. We recommend using a format and resolution that is consistent with high-quality internet video.

Participation in the Young summer camp is free of charge so that anyone has the chance to take part. Travel expenses, too, are reimbursed. Young is made possible by support from private individuals, funds and the business community.