PRINCIPAL HARPIST (audition details)

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra announces an audition for
(full-time, commencing immediately).

The audition will be held in three rounds – the video audition round, the stage audition round and the orchestra round. To apply, please send your application and CV (no official application forms are provided) to, with a quoting reference “Harp”,  by November 29th, 2022 at the latest, along with:

  • a link to one uncut video recording* where you perform Carl Philipp Emmanuel BACH: Solo für die Harfe/Sonata for Harp in G, H.563, Wq 139 (Breitkopf), II Allegro**;
  • a link to one uncut video recording* where you perform B. BRITTEN: 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. I. TSCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker. Vals des fleurs: Cadenza**;
  • ­a link to one uncut video recording* where you perform R. STRAUSS: 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 December 5th the latest, after the initial review of the sent videos by the audition committee.

The stage audition will be held on January 23rd, 2023 at 10:00 at the Estonia Concert Hall.

Repertoire for the stage audition:

I round:

  • Paul HINDEMITH: Sonata for Harp: II.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. ERSO will not supply participants with visa invitations and will not pay travelling nor possible quarantine costs incurred by competitors.

On the basis of the stage round, up to 3 candidates will be asked to play in the orchestral round, participating in turn in up to 3 ERSO’s concerts and related rehearsal periods. The winner of the audition will be announced after the orchestral round.

* All required music can be recorded in one take

** Orchestral excerpts are available on our website under the audition announcement, for the videoround immediately and for the stage round by January 9th, 2023.