Piano

You can choose to take the audition at several levels at the Academy:

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION FOR THE BACHELOR PROGRAMME

The entrance examination consists of the following elements:

Principal study (duration: 30 minutes incl. assessment)

A list of repertoire for the entrance examination must be enclosed with the application form. The audition in the principal study consists of these three tests:

1st test: Set/self-chosen tasks, etudes, scales (duration: 15-20 minutes)

  • All scales in two octaves
  • Scales and broken triads and tetrachords (only seventh chords) in all major and minor keys
  • An etude of the applicant’s own choice
  • A polyphonic work by J. S. Bach. E.g.: A Prelude and Fugue from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier
  • One fast and one slow movement from a sonata from the Classical period
  • A Romantic work or a work from the 20th century

2nd test: Set task

A proposed task which is e-mailed to the applicant 7 days before the entrance examination takes place.

3rd test: Sight reading

Sight reading of a work of difficulty similar to e.g. Robert Schumann: Album für die Jugend, No. 11, “Sizilianisch”.

Assessment

Three separate marks are awarded according to the 7-point grading scale. One for each of the above-mentioned tests. The test will be passed succesfully, only if the applicant has achieved a minimum mark of 02 in all of the three tests. If the applicant passes the principal study audition, he or she then takes further examinations in supporting subjects. These examinations are identical for all Bachelor programmes.

Entrance examination for the master's programme

The entrance examination consists of an audition in the principal study and a conversation.

The examination requirements apply equally to applicants who already attend the Academy and wish to take a test for the Master's programme without pedagogy.

The applicant must submit repertoire for solo piano from at least three different musical periods. One of the pieces should be a virtuoso etude.

The submissions should last 40 minutes. At the examination, the censors choose 20 minutes repertoire to be performed. This is supplemented by 5 minutes of conversation regarding the student's prerequisites and expectations for the study programme.

The duration of the entrance examination is max. 25 minutes (35 minutes including assessment).

The entrance examination is censured by two internal censors and a grade is awarded according to the 7-point grading scale.

Entrance examination for the advanced postgraduate (soloist) programme

Application fee

When you apply, you must pay a fee of DKK 500 into the following account:
Bank identification no.: 3001, account no.: 640 3727. Remember to always state your name – otherwise we can't see who has paid in the money.

For international transfers: 
SWIFT code/BIC: DABADKKK. IBAN no.: DK92 3000 0006 4037 27. Remember to include your name.

Form, content and assessment of the examination

The entrance examination consists of a principal study audition, which is taken in two rounds.

In the first round, you will be asked to perform a programme of 20 minutes' duration. 

An admissions committee will award the performance the grade of "pass/fail".

If you pass the first round, you will continue to the second round, which will be held as quickly as possible after the first round. The two rounds may be held on different days.

In the second round, you will be asked to perform a programme of 30 minutes' duration. 

The performance will be assessed according to the 7-point grading scale by the admissions committee.

Repertoire for the examination

The applicant chooses the repertoire, always subject, however, to the following rules:

  • Playing the same work at both rounds is not allowed
  • Together the works performed at the two rounds must cover at least four different periods
  • At least one work at one of the two rounds must be written after 1945
  • The works performed must be for piano solo

Examples of type and difficulty of repertoire:

  • J.S. Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
  • D. Scarlatti: 5 Sonatas
  • J. Haydn: Sonata in E flat major, Hob. XVI:52
  • L. van Beethoven: Sonata in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Fr. Schubert: Sonata in A major, Op. 959
  • Fr. Chopin: Scherzo in E major, Op. 54
  • Fr. Chopin: Sonata in H flat minor, Op. 35
  • J. Brahms: Intermezzo in E flat minor, Op. 118:4
  • J. Brahms: Sonata in F minor, Op. 5
  • M. Ravel: 3 movements of Le Tombeau de Couperin (1914-17)
  • B. Bartók: Sonata (1926)
  • I. Nørholm: Signaturer fra en provins, Op. 51 (Signatures from a Province)
  • L. Dallapiccola: Quaderno musicale di Annalibera (1952)
  • P. Ruders: Dante Sonate (1970)

Entrance examination for the advanced postgraduate (soloist) programme - Advanced piano class

A deposit must be paid before taking the examination

When you apply, you must pay a deposit of DKK 1,000 into the following account:

Bank identification no.: 3001, account no.: 640 3727

Remember to always state your name – otherwise we can't see who has paid in the money!

For international transfers:

SWIFT code/BIC: DABADKKK
IBAN no.: DK92 3000 0006 4037 27

Remember to include your name!

The deposit will be repaid in the case of:

  • completion of the entrance examination
  • deregistration at least one month prior to the examination
  • illness, as documented by medical certificate

Regarding the study programme

The advanced piano class comprises a combination of two af the following subjects: rehearser training, accompaniment, and chamber music. The Academy recommends, however, that applicants choose one of the following two combinations:

  • Rehearser Training & Accompaniment
  • Accompaniment & Chamber Music

Form, content and assessment of the examination

The applicant must give information in the application form on which of the main subjects is given the highest priority.

The entrance examination takes place in two rounds:

In the 1st round the applicant performs a programme, cf. rules below, either in

  • Accompaniment or
  • Chamber Music or
  • Rehearser training

The performance is judged with "passed"/"failed".

Applicants having passed the 1st round go on to the 2nd round which takes place as soon as possible after the 1st round.

In the 2nd round the applicant performs a programme in the discipline not chosen in the 1st round. The performance is judged according to the 7 point graded scale.

If the subject Rehearser Training is given a higher priority than Accompaniment then the 1st round will contain the following tests in Rehearser Training (Please observe further specifications under 1.2.3 Rehearser Training)

  • Sight reading rehearsal (30 min.’s preparation)
  • Rehearsing with a smaller ensemble (1 day preparation)

Duration of the 1st round: Approx. 25 min’s

If the 1st round with Rehearsal Training is passed then the 2nd round will contain the following test in Accompaniment (Please observe further specifications under 1.2.1 Accompaniment):

  1. Together with the application form the applicant must give options of 35-40 min’s of Lied-repertoire of which 15 min.’s is chosen by the censors to be played by the applicant.
  2. Piano accompaniment to a minor instrumental work with Advanced post-graduate diploma
  3. Piano accompaniment to an instrumental concerto
  4. Transposition test of a Lied/Romanza (10 min’s preparation)

Duration of the 2nd round: Approx. 35 min’s

If the subject Accompaniment is given a higher priority than Rehearsal Training then the 1st round will contain items 1), 2) and 5) (approx. 25 min.'s)(Please observe further specifications under 1.2.1 Accompaniment). If the 1st round with accompaniment is passed, then the 2nd round with repetit ion will contain items 1), 2) and 3) (approx. 35 min.'s) (Please observe further specifications under 1.2.3 Repetition).

If the subject chamber music is given a higher priority than accompaniment then the 1st round must contain options of 70 min’s of music (see below specifications) of which 10 min’s are chosen by the applicant and 15 min’s are chosen by the censors to be played by the applicant.

If the 1st round with chamber music is passed then the 2nd round with accompaniment will include the following items (approx. 35 min.'s): (Please observe further specifications under 1.2.1 Accompaniment):

  1. A 15 min’s Lied-programme chosen by the censors from the options given by the applicant.
  2. A prepared minor work with an instrumentalist
  3. Piano accompaniment to an instrumental concerto
  4. Sight reading of 1 Lied and one shorter Recitative- Aria/Scene
  5. Transposition test

If Accompaniment is given a higher priority than Chamber Music then the 1st round will include the tems 1), 2), 3) and 4) (Please observe further specifications under 1.2.1 Accompaniment).

If the 1st round with Accompaniment is passed then the 2nd round with Chamber Music will include approx. 15 min’s chosen by the applicant and up to 15 min’s chosen by the censors from the options given by the applicant.

The requirements for each of the three disciplines are described below:

Accompaniment

  1. From a previously rehearsed repertoire of 35-40 minutes with vocalists, representing 4 different stylistic periods, the examiners choose 15-20 minutes to be performed at the entrance examination. The examiners' choice will be communicated to the applicant 8 days before the examination.
  2. A minor work with solo instrument and accompanying piano rehearsed in advance, of an extent comparable to Weber/Piatigorski: Adagio and Rondo for Cello and piano.
  3. Accompaniment to a concerto movement of an extent comparable to Dvor
  4. Prima vista rehearsal (with 20 minutes' preparation).
    Accompaniment of a summoned singer in 1 romanza/lied and 1 aria from an opera or oratorio, difficulty comparable to:
    • F. Schubert: Schlummerlied
    • R. Wagner: Siegmund's "Winterstürme" from Walkhre, act 1
    • G. Verdi: Tenor solo "Ingemisco tamquam tremo" from Requiem
  5. Transposing test with 10 minutes' preparation.
    A summoned singer is accompanied in a romanza/lied as e.g.:
    • F. Schubert: Liebeslauschen, vol. III, p. 151, Ed. Peters, transposed a semitone from A to A flat.

Chamber Music

The applicant offers at least 3 rehearsed chamber music works from 3 different stylistic periods as from Vienna Classicism, total playing time abt. 70 minutes. One of the works must be for another combination of instruments, e.g. with woodwind or for 2 pianos in case the remaining works are violin sonatas/piano trios/piano quartets etc.

Examples of type and difficulty of repertoire:

  • L. van Beethoven: Sonata in C minor, op. 30 No. 2, for piano and violin
  • J. Brahms: Clarinet Trio
  • S. Prokofief: Violin Sonata, op. 80
  • C. Debussy: En blanc et noir, for two pianos

From the repertoire offered the applicant chooses abt. 10 minutes, and the examiners abt. 15-20 minutes. The examiners' choice will be communicated to the applicant 8 days before the examination.

Rehearser Training

In General: During all rehearsals with vocalist(s) it is important that the lesson should comprise both pronunciation, correction of any errors and intonation, as well as instructions regarding breathing, sense of phrasing and form, and dramatic expression, all depending on the singer's command of the material.

1. Prima vista rehearsing with 30 minutes' preparation

With a summoned singer/summoned singers the applicant rehearses 1 romanza/lied and a recitative/aria from an oratory/opera, degree of difficulty comparable to e.g.:

  • F. Schubert: Delphine op. 124, No. 1, vol. III, p. 126, Ed. Peters
  • F. Fauré: From PoPme d'un jour: Rencontre
  • Alban Berg: From Vier Lieder op. 2 No. 1: Der Glhhende
  • G. Verdi: Requiem: solo for mezzo soprano: Liber Scriptus
  • W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni: part of Donna Elvira's recitative and aria from the 2nd act: In quali eccessi, o numi

2. Rehearsing with small ensembles (1 day's preparation)

1 piece with summoned vocal duet or terzetto, e.g.:

  • W.A. Mozart: Figaros Hochzeit, terzetto No. 13
  • Schumann: From Spanisches Liederspiel op. 74: one of the duets for soprano-contralto

This test includes one-to-one instruction in a vocal part from an ensemble/a choral movement, with the necessary cues.

3. Rehearsing with instrumentalist

With a summoned instrumentalist the applicant rehearses a movement of an instrumental concerto as e.g. A. Dvorak: Cello Concerto. Orchestral interludes are to be played in full. The work chosen is communicated to the applicant 1 week before the test, and the instrumental Advanced post-graduate diploma is supposed to be so familiar with the solo part that the accompaniment will be extempore (i.e. without previous rehearsal).

4. Transposition Test (abt. 10 minutes' preparation)

With summoned vocalists the applicant accompanies a romanza/lied as e.g. Schubert: Liebeslauschen, vol. III, p. 151, transposed from A to A flat.