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diploma of advanced studies

The application deadline for the 2024-2025 season has been extended to June 30, 2024 for the viola discipline.

Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in orchestral performance

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

The training will be given by both institutions with the objective of deepening and broadening 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 2024).

Programme overview

The programme, comprising 960 hours over 12 months, consists of four complementary and compulsory modules:

Module 1
An internship at the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
over 12 months (from September to August) corresponding to 720 hours (180 services and personal work). Preparing parts and playing in concerts, performances, tours, and recordings.

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

Modules 2, 3 et 4
An academic studies programme at the Haute école de musique de Genève corresponding to 240 hours over 10 months (from September to June) with two teaching modules (orchestral excerpts, mental preparation and audition simulation, chamber music) and a diploma project module.

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

The DAS is offered for the following instruments: VIOLA, FRENCH HORN and PERCUSSION.


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

French horn : Monday 22nd April 2024, 9.30 am
Viola : Monday 26 April 2024, 9.30 am
Percussion : Friday 26th April 2024, 9.30 am

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

Registration deadline: March 01, 2024 | viola: August 26, 2024

Registrations with the Haute école de musique de Genève – Neuchâtel.

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Previous candidates

Laureates : Anouch Papoyan (violin), Eleonora Dominijanni (cello), Johan Kulcsár (horn)
No candidates were accepted for the percussions.


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)

Laureates: Annina Woehrle (violin) , Arturo Ziraldo (viola), Gabriele Amaru (horn), Marion Fretigny (percussions)

Laureates: Jordi Rodriguez Cayuelas (violin), Marcos Garrido Calonge (horn). No candidates were accepted for the viola.


OSR Live

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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Johannes Brahms

Symphony N° 4 in E minor op.98

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 22 March 2017 at Victoria Hall, Geneva