The entrance exam consists of a practical and a theoretical part. You will have to be successful in both parts in order to secure a place.

The practical exam (audition)

For the first round of the audition (pre-selection) we ask you to send in recordings of the pieces as mentioned below. You can record the different pieces in separate takes.

If you are invited for the second round, you can prepare the same pieces. Please bring a program with you, so the jury knows what you have prepared. The audition will take 15-20 minutes.

  • Polyphony: One work chosen from:

    • J.S. Bach

      • Three-part sinfonias

      • Wohltemperierte Klavier

      • some movements from one of the Suites or Partitas

      • a comparable work

  • Classical Sonata: One or more movements from a sonata by:

    • J. Haydn

    • W.A. Mozart

    • L. van Beethoven

  • Etudes: Two etudes with a minimum difficulty grade:

    • Czerny op. 299 or op. 740

    • Cramer

    • Moszkovski

    • Moscheles

    • Clementi: Gradus ad Parnassum

  • Performance pieces: Two performance pieces from various stylistic periods

  • Three weeks before the second round (the live entrance exam), the candidates will receive a piece to prepare for the entrance exam (no composer, no title)

For all suggestions applicable: works of comparable or higher level are also acceptable.

The evaluation of the practical part of the entrance exam will be in part weighed by the (combination of) following factors:

  • previous music education
  • development prognosis
  • professional perspective
  • technical realisation
  • musical expression

Please find examples of theory exams here.