Double Bass

The double bass section also has a strong teaching staff and a high percentage of students being appointed in Dutch orchestras. The annual masterclasses by renowned double bass players, such as Szymon Marciniak and Rick Stotijn, are an important component of the training.

Section representative: Olivier Thiery

Admission requirements
Audition candidates will be selected on the basis of a video recording to be submitted digitally via the application form. Recordings must be received by February 1st at the latest. 

Audition repertoire video-recording
Programme of the candidate's choice of about 10 min with or without piano. If you have any questions, please contact the coordinator Olivier Thiery.

Audition repertoire live-audition

  • A study of the candidate's choice
  • First movement of a classical concerto (with a cadence)
  • A solo piece with piano from the standard repertoire
  • Orchestral excerpts: Beethoven 9th recitative, Mozart 40 and Verdi Othello solo (please download the PDF)

Free bowings and free choice of editions.

The pianist who accompanies you during the exam does not transpose. If you intend to play in orchestra tuning, please bring your own piano parts to the exam.

Admission requirements
Audition candidates will be selected on the basis of a video recording to be submitted digitally via the application form. Recordings must be received by February 1st at the latest. 

Audition repertoire video-recording
Programme of the candidate's choice of about 10 minutes with or without piano. If you have any questions, please contact the coordinator Olivier Thiery.

Audition repertoire live-audition

  • J.S. Bach - cello suite or H. Fryba - suite in an old style: 2 movements
  • Vanhal or Dittersdorf - concerto, 1st mvt (until the recap) with a cadence of the candidate's choice
  • Bottesini or Koussevitsky - concerto, 1st and 2nd mvt.
  • Free choice of music from the standard repertoire, approximatively 10 min. (virtuoso piece, solo piece, sonata)
  • Orchestra parts: a list of excerpts will be sent to the candidates invited to the second round

Free bowings and free choice of editions.

The pianist who accompanies you during the exam does not transpose. If you intend to play in orchestra tuning, please bring your own piano parts to the exam.

Olivier Thiery section representative & principal subject
Naomi Shaham principal subject
Ying Lai Green orchestra training
Rick Stotijn regular guest teacher
Margaret Urquhart early bass, methodology

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