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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 2022).

Programme overview

The programme, comprising 900 hours over 12 months (01 September 2022 – 31 August 2023), 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, viola, french horn and percussions.


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

Wednesday May 11th 2022
9.30 am : violin

Friday May 13th 2022
10.00 am - viola
02.00 pm - horns
04.00 pm - percussions

Applications deadline : 1st March 2022

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

Ms. Beatriz Acosta, viola
Ms. Jeanne Maugrenier, french horn
Mr. Gabriel Esteban, cello
Mr. Cristian Zimmerman, violin

Mr Lucas Monerri-Fons, violin 

Mr Adrià Trulls Freixa, viola 

Mr Simon Kandel, horn


Ms Gaëlle Spieser, violin

Ms Isabel Arregui, viola

Mr Antoine Regnard, horn


Ms Clémentine Leblanc, violin

Ms Juliette Kowalski, viola

Ms Agnès Chopin & Mr Paul-Henri Astier, horn

Mr Pascal Martin, percussion 


No candidats were selected for the violin

Ms Pauline Schammé, viola

Mr Niklas Mouritsen, horn


Ms Lina Octeau, violon

Mr Joffrey Portier-Dubé, horn

No candidates were accepted for the viola


Ms Eurydice Vernay, violin 

Mr Francesco Tosco, viola 

Ms Emma Van Den Ecker, horn


Ms Fumi Nakamura, violin

Ms 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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Maurice Ravel


Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 15 November 2017 at Victoria Hall, Geneva