Soloist - 2nd oboe - With obligation English horn

1. The Audition 

1.1 Date, time and location

  • Date of the audition:     26/10/2023
  • Registration deadline:   12/10/2023


  • 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 :

Mozart Concerto for Oboe kv 314 – 1st Mov. Until bar 97
Orchestral excerpts (Oboe)

2nd  round :

Schumann Romance op. 94 nr. 1 – Nicht Schnell
Orchestral excerpts (Oboe)

3rd round :

Orchestral excerpts (Oboe + English Horn)
Orchestral excerpts (2d Oboe – played together with 1st Oboe orchestra player)


1st Oboe

L.v. Beethoven        Symph. N° 3 : marcia funebre
A. Bruckner             Symph. N° 5 : adagio
G. Mahler                Symph. N° 3 : tempo di minuetto
R. Strauss               Don Juan
I. Stravinsky            Pulcinella suite : sinfonia, serenata, toccata, gavotta


2nd Oboe
F. Mendelssohn      Symph. N° 3 : Andante (>> bar 16)
                                                      Vivace (Bar 33 >> 122)
A. Dvorak                concerto for Cello 2d Mov.
H. Berlioz                Symph. Fantastique : 1st Mov. (17 last bars)
S. Prokofiev            Classical Symphony : largetto, gavotte, Finale
S. Prokofiev            Concerto for Piano N° II : finale
A. Dvorak                Symph. N° 7 op 70 : Poco Adagio (>>8 bars after A)


2nd Oboe (played with 1st player)
J. Brahms               Haydn variations : Thema
P.i. Tchaikovsky      Symph. N° 5 : 2d Mov (bar 119 >> 142)
Mussorgsky            Tableaux d’une exposition : n° 5 « Poussins)
B.    Bartok              Concerto for orchestra : Giuoco delle Coppie
G. Mahler                Symph. N° 1 : 3st Mov. (reh. N° 5)
R. Strauss               Also Sprach Zarathustra (From N° 26 >> 27)


English Horn
H. Berlioz               Carnaval Romain
A. Dvorak               Symph. New World 2d Mov.
G. Rossini              Wilhelm Tell Overture


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 3709,806 € (gross salary) based on scale S03 (scale soloist). 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 colleagues within the section, the section leader and all other colleagues. He/she interprets and performs orchestral parts in order to contribute to an optimal performance. He/she prepares his/her own pars, identifies possible problems and performs the musical pieces with an eye to quality. He/she takes part in auditions within his/her own section. A full job description is available on demand.