Introduction: before performing your solo selection, please include a spoken introduction in which you state your name, instrument, hometown, and title of the solo work you have chosen.
Solo piece: : The solo piece is preferably the exposition of a classical solo concerto, but can be any work of your choice, or a movement/section of a longer work, provided that it is approximately three minutes in duration. If the piece is longer than three minutes, you may record an excerpt or submit an unedited three-minute section from a longer recording. You may also use a recent solo recording if it meets the Concertgebouworkest Young audition requirements, but please record and upload the spoken introduction separately. A work with piano accompaniment (except if you are applying on percussion) is strongly preferred.
Excerpts: Each instrument has to play all required orchestral excerpts for their specific instrument.
Scales: please play one major and one minor (harmonic or melodic) scale in any key of your choice with up to four sharps/flats from memory at a comfortable tempo. Each scale should be played twice, once slurred and once separated, using an articulation or bowing of your choice. Violin, viola, and cello applicants should play two or three octaves; bass, wind, and brass applicants should play one or 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?
Please notice: this video essay should preferably be spoken in English. If that is too difficult, please record it in your own language.