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2nd Associate Principal Second Violin (third chair)


The Czech Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov announce an audition for the 2nd Associate Principal Second Violin (third chair). The position is offered on a part-time basis starting on 1 January 2025 with a view to full-time employment from 1 August 2026.

Application deadline: 12 August 2024
Audition date and place:  12 September 2024, Rudolfinum, Prague

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Audition repertoire

Pre-selection video recording:

(With the application, you will send a link to your uploaded video recording on YouTube. The recording must be with piano or orchestral accompaniment, if not originally for violin solo & not older than 1 year.)

  1. Any piece of major violin repertoire of your choice that best represents your skills
  2. One of the following concertos (of your choice) exposition and cadenza:
    W. A. Mozart: Violin Concerto in A Major KV219, D Major KV218, G Major KV216 

1st Round (blind audition, with piano):

1. One of the following concertos (of your choice) with cadenza: 
W. A. Mozart: Violin Concerto in A Major KV219, D Major KV218, G Major KV216

2. Orchestral excerpts:

  • B. Smetana: My Country – Vyšehrad, From Bohemian Fields and Groves
  • R. Strauss: Don Juan op.20
  • L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d minor op.125 - scherzo

2nd Round (non-blind audition, with piano):

1. One of the major violin concertos (of your choice, 1st movement)

2. Orchestral excerpts:

  • A. Dvořák: Carnival op.92
  • B. Smetana: Bartered Bride, overture
  • F. Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream op. 61 - scherzo
  • L. Janáček: Glagolitic Mass
  • B. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

You can apply for the audition until 12 August 2024.

How the audition works


All audition applicants must complete an application form, which includes links to video recordings of the prescribed tracks, by the due date. From the applications received, the selection committee will select applicants with the appropriate level of performance, experience and education and send them an invitation to audition.

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