AUDITION: PRINCIPAL HARP

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra announces an audition for

  • PRINCIPAL HARP
    (full-time, monthly remuneration €1835 gross, commencing immediately)

The audition will be held in two rounds – a video audition round and a stage audition round.

To apply, please send your application and CV (no official application forms are provided) to audition@erso.ee, with a quoting reference “Harp”,  by September 1st, 2021 at the latest, along with:

  • a link to one uncut video recording* where you perform Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach’s Sonata for Harp in G, H.563, Wq 139 (Breitkopf & Härtel Urtext Edition, not Lawrence version): II Allegro**;
  • a link to one uncut video recording* where you perform B. Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34. Variation I, Fugue: from I to K **;
  • a link to one uncut video recording* where you perform P. Tchaikovsky’s Cadenza fromValse des fleurs from The Nutcracker. **;
  • a link to one uncut video recording* where you perform excerpts from R. Strauss’s Don Juan: beginning till 3 bars after A; from D till 7 before G; from L till N (not included)**.

Invitations to the stage audition will be sent to selected candidates by September 10th the latest, after the initial review of the sent videos by the audition committee.

The stage audition will be held on October 18th, 2021 at 14:30 at the Estonia Concert Hall. 

Repertoire for the stage audition:

I round:

  • Paul Hindemith: Sonata for Harp: 2nd Movement Lebhaft.
  • Orchestral excerpts**

II round:

  • Claude Debussy. Danse sacrée et danse profane
  • Orchestral excerpts**

All participants will play on our Lyon & Healy harp during the stage round (there is the Lyon & Healy Style 23 harp for the stage and Style 85 harp for the rehearsal).

The stage audition will take place during the course of one day. Only live performances are possible. ENSO will not supply participants with visa invitations and will not pay travelling nor possible quarantine costs incurred by competitors.

* All required music can be recorded in one take.

** Orchestral excerpts are available on our website under the audition announcement, for the video round immediately and for the stage audition by October 4th, 2021.


e-mail: audition@erso.ee
fax: +372 6 313 133
phone: +372 6 147 787
ERSO, Estonia ave 4, 10148 Tallinn