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 2022

Besides a project with the principal conductor Christoph Eschenbach there will be projects led by Adam Fischer, Krzysztof Urbański, Omer Meir Wellber and Ludwig Wicki.

Among others the following pieces will be played:
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Brahms: Double concerto
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8
Mozart: flute concerto No.1
Stravinsky: Sacre du printemps
Film in concert (music by J. Williams)

Duration: July 2 nd until August 22st

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, 1995

Registration fee

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

Registration Deadline

December 13th, 2021


all information is subject to change
(Dates to be announced)

Amsterdam (12.2.) ⦁ Basel (13.2.) ⦁ Berlin ⦁ Bloomington (9.2.) ⦁ Boston ⦁ Buenos Aires (16.12.) ⦁ Frankfurt (26.2.) ⦁ Hanover ⦁ Houston (8.2.) ⦁ London ⦁ Los Angeles (7.2.) ⦁ Madrid (18., 19.& 20.2.) ⦁ Milan ⦁ Munich ⦁ New York (5.2.) ⦁ Paris (17.2.) ⦁ Santiago de Chile (15.12.) ⦁ Sao Paulo (13.12) ⦁ Seoul ⦁ Taipei ⦁ Tel Aviv ⦁ Tokyo ⦁ Toronto (10.2.) ⦁ Vienna

Amsterdam (12.2.) ⦁ Basel (13.2.) ⦁ Berlin ⦁ Boston ⦁ Frankfurt ⦁ Hanover ⦁ London ⦁ Los Angeles (7.2.) ⦁ Madrid (18., 19. & 20.2.) ⦁ Milan ⦁ Munich ⦁ New York (5.2.) ⦁ Paris (17.2.) ⦁ Vienna


Amsterdam ⦁ Berlin ⦁ Boston ⦁ Frankfurt ⦁ London ⦁ Munich ⦁ New York ⦁ Paris ⦁ Seoul ⦁ Zaragoza


Dresden ⦁ London ⦁ Vienna



As far as the pandemic situation allows, all auditions will take place live and in front of a jury.


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)
Kai Oesterwinter (Management 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 (München, Salzburg, Katowice)


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