Experiencing the joy of playing music starts with a solid foundation. The technical aspects will be explored in depth during the lessons, including playing staccato and legato, developing and improving embouchure, airflow/mouthpiece placement, posture, sound and intonation.
As a student, you will apply these techniques all the time in technical exercises, études, concertos and orchestral works, eventually developing a natural performance style. Once you have completely internalised these technical skills, you will be able to focus fully on the music and your performance, and you will be ready for orchestral playing, chamber music and solo performances.
Before you apply
The audition consists of two rounds. For the first round, the candidate needs to record 2 videos that contain:
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.
Video 2: In the second video, the candidate demonstrates his/her artistic and technical skills. The video 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 video should contain the following:
Record one piece or one movement of either a romantic or contemporary piece of your choice.
In addition, record one movement of a classical concerto of your choice.
Additional videos (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.
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.
In the second round, the candidate is always invited to an online interview with one of the Master Project Coaches. In this interview we discuss the candidate's motivation and experience in the field of research and cultural entrepreneurship. The Master Project Coach furthermore determines the level of English proficiency.