Requirements

Applicants are required to perform:

Piano

  • one prelude and fugue by Bach
  • part of a classical sonata or concerto
  • one large-scale piece containing technically-demanding elements
  • two technically-demanding etudes

Violin

  • one caprice or an etude;
  • two movements (fast and slow) from a sonata or partita for violin solo by Bach;
  • 1st, or 2nd and 3rd movements from a concerto;
  • scales and arpeggios in all key.

Viola

  • one caprice or an etude
  • two movements (fast and slow) from a polyphonic work
  • 1st , or 2nd and 3rd movements from a sonata or concerto
  • one miniature work
  • scales and arpeggios in all keys

Cello

  • one etude
  • two movements from a solo suite by Bach
  • one large-scale work
  • one work of the candidates’ own choice
  • scales with double-stops and arpeggios

Double-Bass

  • one etude
  • any work
  • one work in classical style
  • one movement from a concerto or a technically-demanding work
  • solo from “Raymonda” by Glazunov

Flute

  • two etudes (one technically-demanding, one lyrical)
  • two movements (fast and slow) from a concerto (or sonata)
  • one technically-demanding work by a contemporary composer

Oboe

  • two etudes (one technically-demanding, one lyrical)
  • two movements (fast and slow) from a concerto (or sonata)
  • one technically-demanding work by a contemporary composer

Clarinet

  • two etudes (one technically-demanding, one lyrical)
  • one fantasia or two movements (fast and slow) from a concerto

Bassoon

  • two etudes (one technically-demanding, one lyrical)
  • two movements (fast and slow) from a concerto (or sonata)
  • one technically-demanding work by a contemporary composer

Horn

  • scales and extended arpeggios (low, mid- and upper register) to be played legato and staccato
  • one large-scale work, or one movement from a concerto and another lyrical work
  • two etudes (one technically-demanding, one lyrical)

Trumpet

  • two etudes (one technically-demanding, one lyrical)
  • one concerto or two works of contrasting character

Trombone

  • one caprice or an etude
  • two movements (fast and slow) from a sonata or partita for violin solo by  Bach
  • 1st, or 2nd and 3rd movements from a concerto
  • scales and arpeggios in all key

Tuba

  • two etudes (one technically-demanding, one lyrical)
  • one miniature cantilena piece or a movement from a concerto

Percussion

  • xylophone – a short work
  • vibraphone – a miniature work preferably with 4 drumsticks
  • side-drum – an etude with tremolo
  • candidates are expected to show their ability to tune kettledrums, play tremolo in different dynamics and sight-read a simple piece

Accordion

  • one polyphonic work
  • a work to applicant’s choice

Button accordion

  • one polyphonic work
  • a work to applicant’s choice

Vocal

  • two classic arias  (one by Russian, one  by West European composer)
  • a romance by Russian composer
  • one folk song