Audition for 2nd Violin - 1st soloist - section leader Coord. Function


1. The Audition

1.1 Date, time and location

  • Date of the audition: 27/11/2023
  • Registration deadline: 10/11/2023


  • The candidates are divided into groups. Everyone will be assigned an individual application time via e-mail during the week before the audition.
  • The audition starts at 10h00


  • Audition Entrance: Residence Palace – Floor -1
    Wetstraat 155, 1040 Brussels
    There will be signage to follow

How to get there:

  • Metro lines 1 & 5 Stop Maelbeeck
    Exit Etterbeeksesteenweg
  • Bus lines 59 & 64 stop Maelbeeck
  • Train Station Schuman


2. Programme

1st round : 

1st mouvement of Mozart's Concertos NN 3, 4 or 5. (without the cadenza)


2nd  round :

a) 1st mouvement of one of the romantic concertos (with cadenza)

Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Sibelius, Beethoven

b) Orchestral solo

D. Shostakovich - 5th Symphony: 2 mvt - 1p

Orchestral excerpt - A. Bruckner - 9th Symphonie (2nd VI) - 1p


3rd round : Orchestral soli and excerpts

a) Soli:

J.S. Bach  Matthäus Passion N 51 3p
A. Dvorak 8th Symphony: 2nd mvt 1p


b) Tutti

L.v. Beethoven 3rd Symph: Scherzo (1vl)  1p
J. Brahms 2nd Symph: 1.mvt (1 vl) 1p
B. Bartok Concerto for orchestra: Finale (fugato; 2 vl) 2p
F. Mendelssohn Midsummer night's dream: Scherzo (1 vl) 1p
R. Strauss Don Juan: (1 vl) 2p
S. Rachmaninoff 2nd Symph: 2 mvt (2 vl) 2p
M. Ravel Daphnis et Chloe: «Danse générale >> (2 vl) 1p
J. Brahms 4th Symph: finale (1 vl) 2p


c) Chamber music

F. Schubert String Trio D581 in Bb Maj. Andante 2p


3. Regulations

3.1 registration:

Candidates can apply for the audition through Muvac: ​​​​​​​

3.2 process of the audition:

The Chairman of the jury is the Music Director.

The order of the program is determined by the jury the day of the audition.

All rounds are eliminating.

The Belgian National Orchestra reserves the right to spread the audition over several days in the event that the different rounds cannot be completed in one day (e.g. due to high number of registered candidates).

3.3 piano accompaniment during the audition:

The orchestra provides a pianist-accompanist for the candidates throughout the different rounds of the audition.



4. Employment conditions

The candidate taking up the position has to be laureate of the audition and fulfill the general conditions for admission. Non-EU candidates have to comply with the laws of immigration.
The candidate is recruited on the basis of fulltime employment (100%) with salary based on scale S02 (scale 1st soloist-sectionleader, job title: 1st soloist sectionleader). For all questions relating to remuneration and valorisation of relevant work experience, please send an e-mail to

The laureate who takes up the position is offered a fixed-term contract of minimum 6 months to maximum 12 months. After this period and after a positive evaluation at the end, a renewal of the contract (unlimited term) can be proposed.

The candidate works closely with the section leaders, all other members within the section and all ther colleagues that are employed at the Belgian National Orchestra. He/she interprets and performs all orchestral parts for 2nd violin, among which solo’s, and contributes to an outstanding performance. Whenever the section leader is not available he/she assures the coordination within the own section during rehearsals, performances and recordings to make sure the section functions the most optimal way. He/she assures the leadership and exemplary behavior that comes with the function. He/she takes part in auditions and acts as a coach for occasional academy students or occasional additional players within the section.
A full job description is available on demand.