»Let’s make music as friends!«

Leonard Bernstein

The international Orchestral Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival has enjoyed a superb reputation worldwide since its founding in 1987 by Leonard Bernstein. Every year young musicians from all over the world get the opportunity to study and perform great works with famous conductors. In addition, a team of principal players from top-rank orchestras and professors from European music academies leads chamber music and sectional rehearsals.

For the following projects we are looking for pianist/celesta/synthesizer players, preferably with orchestral experience.

18.07.2023 – 22.07.2023 Holly Choe
Leonard Bernstein: The Bernstein Beat "Young People's Concerts"

01.08.2023 – 05.08.2023 Timothy Henty

John Williams: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Movie in concert

In addition we offer the possibility to play chamber music with the other members of the orchestral academy between July 24 and July 30.


After a successful audition, the musician will receive a grant to cover travel, bed and board and tuition expenses.

Audition date

April 30th, 2023 | Cologne

Age limit

Musicians born after February 28, 1996

Registration fee

25 €

Audition repertoire

Mozart, Beethoven or Hayden: one fast and one slow Movement of a piece of your own choice
Strawinsky: L' Oiseau de feu suite pour orchestre (edition from 1919) from the beginning to bar 81
Strawinsky: Petrouchka: from 82 to 91 and 97 to 2 bars before 103
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story  bar 404 to bar 452
Adams: The Chairman Dances bar 360 until end 

Registration and further information

To register please send an email with the following information:
Full name, date of birth, nationality, address, college, college city, teacher, with teacher since, degree, orchestral experience