The Classical Piano studies at Conservatorium Maastricht consist of a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree.
In the Bachelor’s programme, you will focus mainly on developing a thorough and professional technical basis, as well as studying and gaining knowledge of repertoire of different classical style periods.
In the Master’s programme, you will be completely free in your choice of repertoire, allowing you to adapt this to your own wishes or future needs. The Master’s curriculum offers several optional profiles: solo repertoire, solo repertoire combined with chamber music, or chamber music only. Masterclasses, concerts and projects (e.g. with an orchestra) will be offered regularly to trigger your musical inspiration or to broaden your musical horizon.
Before you apply
The audition consists of two rounds. For the first round, the candidate submits a portfolio in which the candidate describes his/her motivation and education and professional experience in the field of music. This portfolio also contains the links to the video recordings.
In the second round, the candidate may be invited to an in-person live audition for the main subject. Furthermore, the candidate is invited to an online interview with one of the Master Project Coaches. In this interview we discuss the candidates motivation, experience in the field of research, cultural entrepreneurship. The Master Project Coach furthermore determines the level of English proficiency.
First round: video audition
For the first round, the candidate needs to record an introduction video and performance video’s:
- Video 1: A short introduction of him/herself in English: talk about your musical experiences, your motivation to study music, your main subject and why you choose to audition at Conservatorium Maastricht.
- Performance video’s: In the second video, the candidate demonstrates his/her artistic and technical skills. Each piece should be recorded in one take, without cuts or any edits. The candidate should start by speaking their name and student number of Conservatorium Maastricht. The candidate should record the following:
- A polyphonic work by J.S. Bach; e.g. a Prelude & Fugue (from WTK 1/2), Italian Concerto, Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, a French or English suite (at least three movements), or a suite by G.F. Handel.
- At least one motorical etude by Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Rachmaninow, Scriabin or Strawinsky, or comparable.
- One complete classical sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert or Clementi.
- Two pieces of choice from two different style periods (later than Beethoven).
All pieces must be played by memory.
Additional video’s (not required): The candidate may provide concert video registrations.
The videos should be uploaded to an online platform such as YouTube.com or Vimeo.com. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make sure that the video links work.
Second round: Live audition
The committee may decide to invite the candidate for an online or in-person live audition after reviewing the video material. The repertoire for the live audition remains the same. Additional repertoire requests can be made by the committee.