You can choose to take the audition at several levels at the Academy:
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”.
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.
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.
Please note, that at the moment it is only possible for EU/EEA citizens to apply for admission on this programme.
At the entrance exam the applicant performs:
1. A solo piano work of the applicant's own choice (max. 5 min.)
2. Two operatic scenes of the applicant’s own choice.
- one from an opera by Mozart (max. 5 min.)
- one from a 19th or 20th century opera (max. 5 min.)
The scenes have to be for a minimum of two singers (i.e. not arias) and the Mozart scene should include a secco recitative.
3. An opera excerpt (max. 5 min) provided by RDAM two weeks in advance. The excerpt is for a minimum of two singers. The ensemble will not be complete. The applicant should be prepared to coach the excerpt, making corrections, giving musical as well as language instructions, and singing cues.
4. A prima vista assignment from a vocal score/piano reduction (max. 3 min.)
All opera excerpts should be performed in the original language.
The applicant is responsible for the participating singers in the opera scenes of his/her own choice.
RDAM is responsible for the participating singers in the provided opera excerpt. RDAM is responsible for the prima vista assignment.
The entrance exam concludes with a conversation of max. 5 min. with the examiners focusing on the applicant’s prerequisites and expectations to the programme.
The duration of the entrance exam is max. 45 minutes (including the deliberation of the examiners).
The entrance exam is assessed by two internal examiners. A single grade is awarded under the currently applicable marking scale.
Form, content and assessment of the examination
The entrance examination consists of a principal study audition, which is taken in two rounds. If you apply for the specialisation Soloist Artistic Research or Soloist with teaching qualifications (advanced level), there will also be a third round in your chosen specialisation. You can read about the different specialisations and the content of the entrance exams here.
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 second round ends with a five-minute conversation about the applicant's motivation for applying, career considerations, etc.. The conversation does not affect the grade but is used for mutual matching of expectations about the education.
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 B flat minor, Op. 35
- J. Brahms: Intermezzo in E flat minor, Op. 118:4
- J. Brahms: Rhapsodie in B minor, Op. 79:1
- 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)
The Young Artist Programme is a new education. At the moment it is only possible for EU/EEA citizens to apply for admission on this programme.
If you are not an EU/EEA citizen, and you are interested in the programme, you can write an email to head of studies Eva Hess Thaysen and hear about your possibilities.
The application form will be available from 26 March
Application to be uploaded on the admission site must include:
- Motivation letter
- Recommendation(s) from educational institution(s) or professional collaborator(s)
- Curriculum Vitae including information on education and prior professional experience
- Documentation of a Master education in piano or other related subject
- Video recording of a performance of an opera ensemble for a duration of between 4 and 6 minutes where the applicant plays and sings
The entrance exam: Procedure and assessment
The entrance exam has two rounds.
The jury grades the first round with “pass or fail”. If you pass, you will be invited for the second round.
The first round of the entrance exam
The first round of the entrance exam consists of an assessment of the applicant’s qualifications based on the material submitted in the application. The first round is graded with “pass or fail”. ”Pass” will mean that you have advanced to the 2nd round.
The second round of the entrance exam
The second round takes place on May 13 and 14, 2021 at The Royal Opera Copenhagen or The Royal Danish Academy of Music and consists of a live audition in which the applicant will:
- Both play and sing the following music, some of which will might be conducted:
- W. A. Mozart: “Don Giovanni”
#13 (Act 1 Finale) bars 273-532 (app. 7 mins)
- R. Strauss: “Salome”
from the beginning of the 4th scene (3 bars after fig. 154) to 3 bars after fig. 172 (app. 4 mins)
- G. Puccini: “La Bohème”
all of Act 2 (app. 20 mins)
- Coach a singer (provided by the Opera or The Royal Academy of Music) on a piece of music sent to the candidate 3 days before the audition (app. 10 mins)
- Sight read
- Have a conversation with the jury about expectations to the study programme.
The second round will be assessed with one grade according to the 7-point grading scale by the admissions committee.
Regarding the study programme
The advanced piano class comprises a combination of two of 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. If you apply for the specialisation Soloist Artistic Research or Soloist with teaching qualifications (advanced level), there will also be a third round in your chosen specialisation. You can read about the different specialisations and the content of the entrance exams here.
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. The two rounds may be held on different days.
In the 2nd round the applicant performs a programme in the discipline not chosen in the 1st round. The second round ends with a five-minute conversation about the applicant's motivation for applying, career considerations, etc.. The conversation does not affect the grade but is used for mutual matching of expectations about the education.
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):
- 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.
- Piano accompaniment to a minor instrumental work with a soloist
- Piano accompaniment to an instrumental concerto
- 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 repetition 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):
- A 15 min’s Lied-programme chosen by the censors from the options given by the applicant.
- A prepared minor work with an instrumentalist
- Piano accompaniment to an instrumental concerto
- Sight reading of 1 Lied and one shorter Recitative- Aria/Scene
- 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:
- From a previously rehearsed repertoire of 35-40 minutes with vocalist(s), 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.
- 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.
- Accompaniment to a concerto movement of an extent comparable to Dvorák: Cello concerto, 1st movement, prelude, interlude and postlude played full. The task will be announced a week before the entrance examination. The instrumental soloist is assumed to know the solo voice so well that the accompaniment can be played without rehearsal.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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 Glühende
- 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.