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RSPO Orchestra Academy

About the programme

Since its launch in January 2016, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (RSPO) has offered one year's training on site at the Konserthuset Stockholm. The RSPO Orchestra Academy aims to give participating students heightened knowledge and understanding of the profession by giving them the chance to work with – and alongside – one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras.

Application process

Application to the Academy is open to everyone with a Bachelor of Music or similar.  Applications for the 2022/2023 Academy opened on December 1, 2021 and will close by January 17, 2022. Applicants apply through the Swedish University admission system on universityadmissions.se. They will need to provide proof of their degree to universityadmissions.se before February 1, 2022.

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SectionsWind Quintet, String Quartet, Dble. Bass,Percussion
Deadline01 Dec 2021 - 17 Jan 2022
FinalsMar - Apr 2022
WhereStockholm, Sweden
Age groupsNo age restrictions
Some of our tutors
Andrej Power, violin © Mats Lundqvist
Andrej Power, violin
© Mats Lundqvist
Hermann Stefansson, clarinet © Mats Lundqvist
Hermann Stefansson, clarinet
© Mats Lundqvist
Marie Macleod, cello © Mats Lundqvist
Marie Macleod, cello
© Mats Lundqvist
Since autumn 2014, Andrej Power has served as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal concertmaster. He was most recently with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, where he held the same position.

Clarinetist Hermann Stefánsson has been section leader with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Stockholm Sinfonietta since 1995. Originally from Iceland, he was previously with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.

British cellist Marie Macleod was appointed principal cellist of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013. She has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and the RSPO.

Markus Maskuniitt, French horn © Mats Lundqvist
Markus Maskuniitt, French horn
© Mats Lundqvist
Vicki Powell, viola © Mats Lundqvist
Vicki Powell, viola
© Mats Lundqvist
Markus Maskuniitty became the horn section leader of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in the season of 2007-8. Previously he was the solo horn player with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, with the Berlin Philharmonic and before that the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Vicki Powell, born in America, is the Principal Viola of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, a role she has held since 2018. A graduate of the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler”, the Juilliard School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music she studied with Máté Szücs, Misha Amory and Roberto Diaz.

Auditions

The first round is pre-recorded. Applicants must submit a video containing the requested repertoire before February 1, 2022, using the webform on the homepage HERE. The following rounds will be live/in-person at Konserthuset Stockholm, in late March/early April 2022.

The recording should be in good quality video format and the concerto can be recorded with or without a pianist. The file should be uploaded as a Youtube video with the links submitted to a webform. Applicants are advised to record the solo concerto in one take, and all orchestral excerpts in another. We recommend the use of an external microphone, and a room with a moderate acoustic.

The recording constitutes the first of two admission tests. Applicants with approved work samples will be invited to an audition which constitutes the second admission test. Applicants who pass the audition will be ranked based on instrument.

Course activities

- Individual lessons with members of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

- Orchestra weeks in the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

- Chamber Music Tuition and Concerts in Konserthuset Stockholm

(In total roughly 30-50 chamber and orchestra concerts per academist over the course of the academy, mostly for live audiences in Konserthuset Stockholm)

- Four mock auditions for members of the orchestra.

- Seminars with experienced Professors from the Luleå University of Technology.

Graduates of the RSPO Academy
2020/21
A. Kawa-Cajler, O. Høilund-Carlsen Ruud, violin; D. Mägi, viola; G. Inglese, cello; E. Stenstedt, bass; M. Taalesen, flute; A. Randelin, oboe; C. Mateo Sáez, clarinet; K. Günther, bassoon; E. Gonçalves Fernandes, horn; A. Martín Agustín timpani/percussion
2019/20
M. Kulpińska, M. Sonlajtner, violin; M. Briau, viola; M. Mertens, cello; E. Nilsson, flute; R. Millard, oboe; M. Rubio, clarinet; B. Kindlundh, bassoon; M. Venturi, horn
2018
K. Nagano, B. Tóth, violin; N. Shardlow, viola; J. Castanyer Alonso, cello; T. Edqvist, flute; H. Edqvist, oboe; C. Ahlgren, clarinet; J. Segerman, bassoon; M. Wreakes, horn
2017
F. Mossop, J. Biegniewska, violin; L. Antonãnzas, cello; V. Stenborg Lindström, flute; H. Clinton, oboe; E. I. Velasco, clarinet; L. Jiménez Celorio, bassoon; J. Wahlgren, horn
2016
A. Swigut, I. Hammarsten, violin; P. Rodrigo Romero, viola; P. Volpert, cello; J. Julin, bass; J. Ansved, flute; S. Parker, oboe; S. Howie, clarinet; A. Lyeteg, bassoon; A. Ferriol, horn


Application and tuition fees

Individuals who are citizens of countries that are not part of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees. EU/EEA citizens don't have to pay fees, but they do have to document their citizenship status. For more information about application and tuition fees click here.