Strings

Violin, viola, cello and double bass

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

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

  • 8 self-selected scales and triads in three octaves, of which 4 must be in major, 2 in harmonic minor, and 2 in melodic minor
  • set/self-chosen tasks depending on the instrument:
Violin
  • 2 etudes with the same degree of difficulty as R. Kreutzer: Etudes Nos. 6-42. One of them must be a double stop etude similar to e.g. R. Kreutzer: Nos. 28-42
  • The 1st movement of a violin concerto with at least the same degree of difficulty as Mozart: G major - or a concert piece with a corresponding degree of difficulty
Viola
  • Two etudes:
    • one by B. Campagnoli: Caprices, op. 22 b
    • one by R. Kreutzer: Etudes Nos. 5-42, or a etude with at least the same degree of difficulty
  • The 1st movement of a viola concerto with at least the same degree of difficulty as Hoffmeister, or K. Stamitz: Viola Concerto in D-major - or a concert piece with the same degree of difficulty.
Cello
  • One etude with a degree of difficulty similar to D. Popper or Duport
  • The 1st movement of a cello concerto with the same degree of difficulty as e.g. Haydn: C major Cello concerto, or a piece with piano accompaniment with the same degree of difficulty
Double bass
  • Two etudes chosen by the applicant where the range reaches at least as far as the thumb position (octave G).
  • The 1st movement of a double bass concerto with the same degree of difficulty as Dragonetti, Pichl, Capucci, Hoffmeister, Cimador or a piece with piano accompaniment with the same degree of difficulty.

2nd test: Set task

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

3rd test: Sight reading

Sight reading of a composition.

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.

Master's programme

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

The applicant must perform:

Violin
  • 1st movement of a W. A. Mozart: Violin concerto with cadenza 
  • A piece of the applicants own choice
Viola
  • 1st movement of Stamitz: Concerto in D-major with cadenza 
  • A piece of the applicants own choice
Cello
  • 1st movement of a Joseph Haydn: Cello concerto with cadenza 
  • A piece of the applicants own choice
Double bass
  • 1st movement of Dittersdorf: Concerto for Double bass with cadenza 
  • A piece of the applicants own choice

Duration of the entrance examination max. 20 minutes (30 minutes including assessment).

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

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 1st round

You offer the following repertoire for the 1st round, depending on your instrument:

From this list the internal examiners choose 10 minutes worth of music. The examiners' choices will be send to your email adress 1 week before the 1st round of your entrance examination.

Violin
  • Compulsory piece: 1st movement with cadenza from Mozart: Violin concerto No. 3, 4, or 5

The applicant offers the following works:

  • J. S. Bach: 1st and 2nd movement from a solo sonata or chaconne in D minor
  • Paganini: 1 caprice
Viola
  • Compulsory piece: 1st movement of Stamitz: Concerto in D major, or Hofmeister: Concerto in D major with cadenzas

The applicant offers the following works:

  • Two movements from a solo suite by Reger or two movements from one of the three last cello suites by Bach, or two movements from a sonata or a partita by Bach
  • A caprice by Paganini
Cello
  • Compulsory piece: Haydn: 1st movement of concerto in D major

The applicant offers the following works:

  • Two movements from one of the last three suites by J. S. Bach
  • Two caprices by Piatti
Double bass
  • J. S. Bach: Two movements of solo suite or H. Fryba: Two movements of solo suite
  • Two movements from classical double-bass concertos
  • A virtuoso piece, e.g. by G. Bottesini or E. Nann: A caprice

Repetoire for the 2nd round

You offer a programme of about 50 minutes worth of music which must contain, depending on instrument:

From this list the internal examiners choose 30 minutes. The examiners' choices will be send to your email address 1 week before the 1st round of your entrance examination.

Violin
  • A violin concerto by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Carl Nielsen, Sibelius, Tjaikovskij, or Alban Berg
  • The whole of a major sonata from the classical repertoire
  • Other repertoire chosen by the candidate including at least one work written after 1945, ensuring that the repertoire from the two rounds in its entirety comprises at least four different stylistic periods
Viola
  • A whole concerto by either Bartôk, Walton, or Hindemith: Der Schwanendreher
  • One of the following sonatas: Brahms: f minor or E flat major, Schubert: Arpeggione, or Sjostakovitj
  • A short solo piece by a contemporary composer
Cello
  • A cello concerto from the classical repertoire (Schumann, Dvorak, Elgar, or Sjostakovitj)
  • A cello sonata from the classical repertoire (Brahms, Schubert, or Sjostakovitj)
  • A short solo piece by a contemporary composer (Nørgård, Ruders, Nordheim, or Dutilleux)
Double bass
  • A romantic or contemporary double-bass concerto, e.g. Koussevitskij, Bottesini, Henze, Mortari, or Rota
  • A sonata, e.g. Hindemith, Misek, Schubert, Beethoven, or Brahms
  • A short solo piece written after 1945