Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra

Ever since its founding in 1987 by Leonard Bernstein, the international Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra has enjoyed a superb reputation worldwide. Every year it is formed newly: Young musicians from all over the world are given the opportunity to study and perform great works from the orchestral literature with famous conductors. The programs will be presented in concerts within the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.

Preview 2019

Besides two projects and a little tour with the principal conductor Christoph Eschenbach there will be projects lead by Manfred Honeck, Ton Koopman and Michael Sanderling.
Among others the following symphonies will be played:
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Mahler: Symphonie no.6
Mendelssohn: Symphonie no.5
Tchaikovsky: Symphonie no.6

Duration: June the 30th until August the 20th

Chamber Music and Seminars 

A team of principal players from top-rank German orchestras and professors from European music academies leads chamber music and sectional rehearsals. In addition seminars and workshops address different issues in career and personal development.

Accomodation & Rehearsals

Rendsburg is a lively old town situated one hour north of Hamburg between the river Eider and the Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal). Here young people from around the world not only grow together as an orchestra, but they also form a social community. The »Nordkolleg« with its beautiful gardens and perfect facilities for accommodation and sectional rehearsals offers an ideal situation for a lively campus atmosphere. The tutti rehearsals take place in the inspiring surrounding of the »NordArt«, one of Europeans biggest exhibition for contemporary art. 


After a successful audition, each musician will receive a grant to cover travel, bed and board (shared rooms) and tuition expenses. Travel expenses will be paid from and to the place of study. 

Age limit

Musicians must be born after February 28, 1992
The participation is limited to 3 times

Registration fee

50 € for auditions in Asia, Europe and USA
15 € for auditions in South America


December 1, 2018


The auditions in South America will take place from the 14th of December until the 20th of December. All other auditions will take place from the 7th of January until the 15th of February. The precise dates will be released soon.

Amsterdam (strings, winds and percussion) 
Basel (strings and winds)
Beijing (strings)
Berlin  (strings, winds and percussion) 
Bloomington (strings)
Boston  (strings, winds and percussion)
Buenos Aires  (strings)
Cologne  (harp)
Frankfurt (strings, winds and percussion) 
Hanover  (strings and winds)
Houston  (strings)
Leipzig (strings and winds)
London (strings, winds, percussion and harp)
Los Angeles (strings)
Madrid (strings and winds)
Milan (strings and winds)
Munich  (strings, winds and percussion)
New York (strings, winds and percussion)
Paris (strings, winds and percussion)
Salvador de Bahia (strings)
Santiago de Chile  (strings)
Sao Paulo (strings)
Seoul (strings and percussion)
Taipei (strings)
Tel Aviv (strings and winds)
Tokyo (strings)
Toronto (strings)
Vienna (strings, winds and harp)
Zaragoza (percussion)

Winds In exeptional cases applicants can audition in those places marked for strings only (the audition will be recorded and subsequently played back to the respective jury member). Please contact the management before registration.


Agnes Monreal (Head of the Festival Orchestra)
Strings Sonja van Beek (Hochschule für Musik Saar)
Ingrid Zur (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main)
Woodwinds Prof Johannes Peitz (Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover)
Brass Falk Maertens (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin)
Percussion Guido Rückel (Münchner Philharmoniker)
Harp Prof. Helga Storck (Münchner Philharmoniker, Karol-Szymanowski-Musikakademie Katowice, Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and Mozarteum Salzburg)

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