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 2020

Besides two projects with the principal conductor Christoph Eschenbach there will be projects led by Andris Poga, Ludwig Wicki and David Zinman.
Among others the following pieces will be played:
Bruckner: Symphony No. 3, Te Deum
Nielsen: Symphony No. 6
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Triple Concerto
Sibelius: Karelia-Suite
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
Movie in concert (music by J. Williams)

Duration: June 28th until August 18th

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 addresses 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 28th, 1993
The participation is limited to 3 times

Registration fee

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

Registration Deadline

December 1st, 2019 except Lisbon


all information is subject to change

*We consider to offer one more audition for strings and winds in LISBON on January the 14th if there will be at least 20 applications until December the 10th. Go on and apply now!*

Amsterdam: February 1st, 2020 (strings and winds); February 5th, 2020 (percussion)
Basel: February 3rd, 2020 (strings and winds)
Beijing: January 9th, 2020 (strings)
Berlin: January 10th & 11th, 2020(strings, winds), January 18th & 19th (percussion)
Bloomington: January 27th, 2020 (strings)
Boston: January 30th, 2020 (strings, winds and percussion)
Buenos Aires: December 19th & 20th, 2019 (strings)
Cologne: February 29th & March 1st tbc (harp and piano)
Copenhagen: February 24th, 2020 (harp)
Frankfurt:  February 2nd, 2020 (strings, winds and percussion)
Hanover: January 24th, 2020 (strings and winds)
Houston: January 26th, 2020 (strings)
London:  January 27th, 2020 (strings, winds); February 4th (percussion); January 30th, 2020 (harp)
Los Angeles: January 24th, 2020 (strings)
Madrid: January 17th, 18th & 19th, 2020 (strings and winds)
Milan: January 16th 2020 (strings and winds)
Munich: January 25th, 2020 (strings and winds), January 20th, 2020 (percussion)
New York: January 29th, 2020 (strings, winds and percussion)
Paris: January 15th, 2020 (strings and winds); February 3rd tbc. (percussion)
Santiago de Chile: December 17th & 18th, 2019 (strings)
Sao Paulo: December 16th, 2019(strings)
Seoul: January 10th, 2020 (strings);  January 4th & 5th, 2020 (percussion)
Taipei: January 11th & 12th, 2020 (strings)
Tel Aviv: February 17th (strings and winds)
Tokyo: January 13th, 2020 (strings)
Toronto: January 28th, 2020 (strings)
Vienna: January 26th, 2020 (strings and winds)
Zaragoza: February 6th & 7th, 2020 (percussion)
Zurich: March 2rd, 2020 (harp)

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 in this case.


Agnes Monreal (Head of the Festival Orchestra)
Strings Sonja van Beek (Hochschule für Musik Saar)
Prof 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 (Karol-Szymanowski-Musikakademie Katowice)

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