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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Academy

Academy Positions 2021 – 2023

The following instrumental sections will be accepting one academy student each for the course of study from September 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Preferable for acceptance in the academy is the completion of the first segment of their academic study (Bachelor). The upper age limit is 27 years.

Beginning on September 1, 2020, you will find listed below the required and optional solo repertoire as well as orchestral excerpts for the pre-selection process by way of video application. The end of the application period is October 31, 2020.


Violin I & II

Required pieces:
W.A. Mozart: 1st Movement from the Concerto KV 218 or KV 219 with cadenza, plus a romantic concerto of your choice (1st Movement) - both with piano accompaniment

Orchestral Excerpts (all excerpts 1st Violin):

  • W.A. Mozart: 4th Movement from the Symphony in E-flat major KV 543 - beginning through bar 41
  • G. Mahler: Adagietto from the 5th Symphony
  • R. Strauss: Don Juan - 1st page


Required piece:
1st and 2nd Movement of a classical concerto including cadenzas (for example, Stamitz or Hoffmeister) - with piano accompaniment

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • R. Strauss: Don Juan - beginning until five bars before letter 'D'
  • A. Bruckner: 4th Symphony - letter 'C' until bar 83


Required piece:
J. Haydn: Concerto in D major, 1st Movement – with piano accompaniment

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • Two orchestral excerpts of your choice – one melodic and one technical passage

Contrabass (German bowing)

Required piece: A solo piece of your choice (with piano accompaniment)

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • G. Verdi: Otello - 4th Act
  • W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, 1st Movement - Development
  • L. v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, 4th Movement – Recitativ


Required piece:
W.A. Mozart: Flute Concerto in G major KV 313, 1st Movement, Exposition – with piano accompaniment

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • J. Brahms: Symphony No. 4, 4th Movement – from figure 93
  • R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, 1st Act – cadenza of the flutist
  • P. Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis – Solo Andantino
  • Piccolo: L.v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, 4th Movement – Alla Marcia

Oboe/English Horn (Wiener System)

Required piece: W. A. Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C major, KV 314, 1st Movement, Exposition (with piano accompaniment)

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • J. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major – 2nd Movement
  • G. Rossini: La scala di seta – Overture
  • A. Dvorák: Symphonie No. 9 – 2nd Movement
  • M. de Falla: El sombrero de tres picos – Danza del molinero (Dance of the Miller)

Clarinet (Deutsches Klarinettensystem)

Required piece:
W.A. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, KV 622, 1st Movement, Exposition and 2nd Movement, beginning – with piano accompaniment

Orchestral Excerpt:

  • D. Shostakovich: Symphonie No. 9 – 3rd Movement

both performed on the A-Clarinet

Wiener Horn

Required piece:
R. Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, op. 11 – with piano accommpaniment

no orchestral excerpts


Interested musicians who on August 31, 2021, have completed their 18th year but not yet their 28th year are invited to submit their applications using the form found on this page below. 

In addition to your personal data, the following documents must be submitted:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Photograph
  • Proof of Study (in the case of a completed bachelor) 
  • Video Application (The video application contains your interpretations of the required solo repertoire and orchestral excerpts in un-cut and un-edited form.)

The application period has now ended.


Academy students will receive a monthly stipend in the net amount of €1000. In addition, they will receive a monthly living allowance of €200, as well as the coverage of the cost of a year's pass for the Vienna Public Transportation System in the amount of €365.
For participation on Vienna Philharmonic concert tours, a daily allowance will be paid. 
All additional academy program components are available to academy students free of charge.


(Subject to modifications)

Members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Academy 2019-2021

Paul Blüml | Oboe

Paul Blüml ≡ InfoPaul Blüml | + Zoom The Austrian oboist Paul Blüml was born in 1999 and received his first musical instruction on piano from Stephanie Timoschek-Gumpinger. He won several 1st prizes at the national competition "Prima la Musica" as well as internationally at the Pavel Egorov Promotional Award and the Jenő Takács Competition. In 2014, he received his first instruction on the Viennese oboe as part of the preparatory course for especially talented students at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Since 2018, he has been enrolled at the same institution as an oboe major in the class of Prof. Klaus Lienbacher.

Paul Blüml performs regularly with the International Ignaz Joseph Pleyel Society and plays in diverse orchestras and chamber music ensembles. In the summer of 2018, he went on a concert tour to Japan with his quintet. He has also already gathered valuable orchestral experience with such prominent orchestras as the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra.

Hannah Cho | Violin

Hannah Cho ©  Sophie Zhai ≡ InfoHannah Cho | + Zoom Hannah Cho received her Bachelor and Master from the Juilliard School in New York, where she studied with Masao Kawasaki, Cho-Liang Lin and Joel Smirnoff. Currently she is enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music program for the Professional Studies Certificate with Sylvia Rosenberg and Nicholas Mann.

Hannah Cho is a prize winner of several international competitions including the 2019 NYCA Debut Audition (Recital in Berlin), Michael Hill International Violin Competition, ECSO Instrumental Competition, 2018 Schadt String Competition/USA, 2018 Maurice Ravel Foundation Competition in France and the 2016 Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in China.

She has been a participant in numerous international festivals such as the Newport Music Festival, Fontainebleau Summer Session, Heifetz Institute, International Holland Music Session, Mozarteum Summer Academy, Kronberg Academy Summer Masterclasses and Aspen Music Festival and School.

Hannah Cho has been the soloist with distinguished orchestras such as the Aspen Philharmonic, Richardson (Texas) Symphony Orchestra, La Jolla Symphony, Bellflower Symphony Orchestra, and New York’s Riverside Orchestra.

Andraž Golob | Clarinet

Andraz Golob ©  Gorazd Golob ≡ InfoAndraz Golob | + Zoom Slovenian born Andraž Golob is currently enrolled at the University of Music and Performance in Graz, studying with Gerald Pachinger. He has won prizes at several competitions such as Luigi Zanuccoli and TEMSIG Prizes and participated in master classes and advanced study programs with Mathias Schorn, Kilian Herold, Harri Mäki, Andreas Schablas, Johann Hindler, Mate Bekavac and others.

Andraž Golob has performed with the Nuremberg Symphony, the Grazer Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He is a member of numerous chamber music ensembles and has performed in diverse concerts, competitions and recordings. He performed his debut as soloist in 2018 with the North German Philharmonic in Rostock.

Hana Jeong | Double Bass

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After the completion of her Bachelor at the South Korean double bassist Hana Jeong at the Yonsei University in Seoul in 2016, she finished her Master's study at the Carl Maria von Weber College of Music in Dresden in the summer semester of 2019. In the 2018/19 season she was a member of the academy of the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin.

In addition to numerous recordings as a soloist, including at the Music Association of Korea Concours, Expatriate Concours, Camerata Seoul International Music Concours, Hana Jeong was engaged as a substitute in the Dresden Philharmonic in 2017 and completed an apprenticeship with the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig in 2018.

She has already garnered much experience as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician in Europe and Asia.


Andrei Krivenko | Flute

Andrei Krivenko ©  Lukas Beck ≡ InfoAndrei Krivenko | + Zoom

Russian born Andrei Krivenko received his first flute lessons at the age of six. In 2015, he commenced his studies at the Basel Music Academy with Felix Renggli. He is a scholarship holder of the Kurt Redel Foundation and the winner of several prestigious international competitions.

As a soloist, Andrei Krivenko has appeared in Sweden, France, Germany, Italy and Russia. He performed as soloist with the Festival Orchestra of Zakhar Bron (Switzerland) and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia under the direction of Yuri Bashmet.

Andrei Krivenko has received important artistic input in master classes with leading musicians such as Vincent Lucas (Paris), Andrea Lieberknecht (Munich), Philip Bernold (Paris), William Bennett (London), Peter Lucas Graf (Basel), and Denis Bouriakov (Los Angeles).

Ulisse Mazzon | Violin

Ulisse Mazzon ©  Jasmin Glettler ≡ InfoUlisse Mazzon | + Zoom Italian born Ulisse Mazzon began his advanced study of the violin in 2014 with Prof. Regina Brandstätter at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Campus Oberschützen) and with Maestro Salvatore Accardo at the High Specialization Course for Chamber Music and Solo Performance at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona.

Ulisse Mazzon is active in chamber music, having appeared with Bruno Giuranna, Antonio Meneses uand others. He was also a participant at the Vienna Philharmonic Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy at the Salzburg Festival 2018 and 2019. He appeared as soloist and concertmaster at the International Orchestra Institute Attergau, under the direction of Rainer Honeck.

Ulisse Mazzon is the winner of numerous national and international competitions and was invited to participate in the 19th International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Vienna in September 2018. He has made several recordings and is internationally active as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician.


Samuel Mittag | Viola

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After studies with Prof. Patrick Jüdt at the College of Arts in Bern, where he completed a Bachelor and Master of Music Pedagogy with distinction, Swiss born Samuel Mittag commenced his study at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 2017 with Prof. Thomas Selditz.

Samuel Mittag has won several prizes, and was a finalist at the Swiss Young Musicians Competition. He has participated in several master classes with Prof. Mikhail Mouller, Prof. Hatto Beyerle, Prof. Patrick Jüdt, Prof. Veronika Hagen, Prof. Pauline Sachse und Prof. Thomas Selditz. He was a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy at the Salzburg Festival in 2018 and 2019. He has received scholarships from the Friedl Wald Foundation and the Lyra Foundation.

In addition, Samuel Mittag has garnered artistic experience in prominent orchestras such as the Sinfonietta Schaffhausen, Camerata Schweiz and Bern Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel Schinnerl-Schlaffer | Trumpet

Daniel Schinnerl-Schlaffer ©  Mario Payerl ≡ InfoDaniel Schinnerl-Schlaffer | + Zoom

Born in 2000, the Austrian trumpet player Daniel Schinnerl-Schlaffer received his first trumpet instruction at the age of seven years. Until 2019, he was a member of the class of Kurt Körner at the Graz Conservatory, where he also received instruction in the advanced program. He won several prizes at the "Prima la Musica" competition and in 2017 he received a stipend from the City of Graz. In 2018, he began preparatory studies at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and since 2020, he has studied there as a trumpet performance major under Prof. Martin Mühlfellner.

Daniel Schinnerl-Schlaffer has gained valuable orchestral experience with such orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. He has also gained experience as a soloist at home and abroad. In 2019, he was a participant at the Vienna Philharmonic Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy of the Salzburg Festival. Concert tours have taken him to South America and the Menuhin Festival Gstaad.

Benedikt Sinko | Violoncello

Benedikt Sinko ©  Benedikt Sinko ≡ InfoBenedikt Sinko | + Zoom Viennese born Benedikt Sinko began studying violoncello at the age of five. Beginning in 2013, he studied under Prof. Reinhard Latzko at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Since 2018, he has been enrolled at the College of Music and Theater Munich with Prof. Julian Steckel.

As soloist and chamber musician, Benedikt Sinko has participated in numerous national and international competitions and has been awarded several prizes. These include first and second prizes as well as a special prize at the national competitions Prima la Musica 2011, 2012 and 2013, and prizes at the International Violoncello Competition in Liezen 2012, the International David Popper Competition 2013, and the competition U19 Chamber Music 2014.

Benedikt Sinko has also received important artistic impulses through participation in master classes with Clemens Hagen, David Geringas, Robert Nagy, Josef Luitz and Marko Ylönen. In addition, he has collected orchestral experience as a substitute with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra.

Michael Stückler | Horn

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Austrian horn player Michael Stückler began studying horn at the age of 5 years with Gerhard Stückler. In 2010, he was accepted at the College of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Prof. Thomas Jöbstl and Markus Obmann in the class of the exceptionally talented. In 2013, he started his horn performance studies with Prof. Thomas Jöbstl.

Michael Stückler has been able to gather valuable orchestral experience in his work with several orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera, Vienna Volksoper, Vienna Symphony and Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchester. Since September 2017 he has been engaged as principal hoen with the Vienna Volksoper. In addition, he is active as soloist and chamber musician in Austria and on international tours.

Szabolcs Szöke | Bassoon 

Hungarian born Szabolcs Szöke had lessons at the Music and Arts High School in Pecs between 2009 and 2014. Since 2014, he has studied bassoon performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Prof. Štěpán Turnovský. He has been able to collect orchestral experience with numerous prestigious orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera, Vienna Symphony, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Vienna Volksoper, Stage Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Orchestra of the Stage Baden and the Pannonian Philharmonic. Since 2018, he has been engaged in the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna as 2nd bassoonist and contrabassoonist (fixed-term contract).

Szabolcs Szöke has won awards at numerous competitions, including a First Prize at the Hungarian National Competition, the Hara László Prize, First Prize at the Rotary Competition, First Prize and Jury Prize at the International Interpretative Competition in Brno.

Szabolcs Szöke is active as soloist and chamber musician and as orchestral musician has made several recordings.

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