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diploma of advanced studies

Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in orchestral performance

In collaboration with the Haute école de musique Geneva, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande proposes a training progamme leading to a Diploma of Advanced Studies in orchestral performance awarded by the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO).

The training, provided by both institutions, aims to deepen and broaden professional skills in the field of orchestral performance (both symphonic and operatic) in order to maximize students’ chances of success for orchestra auditions.

The DAS is open to students of any nationality who have a Master's degree in Performance or equivalent. The upper age limit is 29 (on 30 April 2023).

The application deadline for the 2023-2024 season is 1st March 2023.


Programme overview

The programme, comprising 900 hours over 12 months (01 September 2023 – 31 August 2024), consists of two complementary and compulsory modules:

An internship at the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande: preparing parts and playing in concerts, performances, tours, and recordings (720 hours over 12 months from september to august)

Remuneration for the internship is CHF 30'000.- before tax.

An academic studies programme at the Haute école de musique de Genève with two teaching modules (180 hours over 10 months from september to june):

a) Orchestral extracts, mental preparation, audition simulation
b) Chamber music, historical knowledge and a written essay (valued at 60 hours)

The tuition fee, to be paid by the successful candidate, is CHF 4'500.-

The DAS is offered for the following instruments: VIOLIN, CELLO, FRENCH HORN and PERCUSSIONS.


Auditions are held in Geneva every year between April and June.
The next dates will be announced soon on this website.

For more information on this course, please visit the website of the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève - Neuchâtel


Successful applicants will be invited to audition in Geneva on the following dates:

Monday May 01st 2023
10.00 am - percussions
02.00 pm - horns

Wednesday May 03rd 2023
09.30 am - violins
02.30 pm - cellos

Applications deadline : 1st March 2023

Invitations to the audition will be emailed to successful applicants 1 month before each audition. The program will be communicated with the invitation.


With the support of:

Previous candidates

Laureates: Catarina Duarte (violin), Maria Inês Monteiro (viola), Charles Reydellet (horn), Mathis Pellaux (percussions)


Laureates: Beatriz Acosta (viola), Jeanne Maugrenier (horn), Gabriel Esteban (cello), Cristian Zimmerman (violin)

Laureates: Lucas Monerri-Fons (violin), Adrià Trulls Freixa (viola), Simon Kandel (horn)


Laureates: Gaëlle Spieser (violin), Isabel Arregui (viola), Antoine Regnard (horn)


Laureates: Clémentine Leblanc (violin), Juliette Kowalski (viola), Agnès Chopin & Mr Paul-Henri Astier (horn), Pascal Martin (percussion)


Laureates: Pauline Schammé (viola), Niklas Mouritsen (horn)
No candidats were selected for the violin

Laureates: Lina Octeau (violon), Joffrey Portier-Dubé (horn)
No candidates were accepted for the viola


Laureates: Eurydice Vernay (violin), Francesco Tosco (viola), Emma Van Den Ecker (horn)


Laureates: Fumi Nakamura (violin), Louise Mercier (viola), Xiang Ji (horn)

OSR Live

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Yvonne Naef


György Ligeti
Poème symphonique, pour cent métronomes

Johann Sebastian Bach
Komm süsser Tod (orchestration by Leopold Stokowski)

Gustav Mahler
Kindertotenlieder, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Recorded on 21 January 2021 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Modest Mussorgsky

Night on the Bare Mountain

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 30 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva