Artist Diploma

The Barenboim-Said Akademie offers an Artist Diploma in all orchestral instruments, piano, conducting, and composition. The Akademie’s Artist Diploma is designed as a one-year curriculum that can be extended by one additional year. As a non-degree program, the Artist Diploma is intended for musicians at the post-graduate level, preparing to embark on a performing career.

The Artist Diploma program combines rigorous music performance studies with an array of electives in the humanities, and is intended for musicians who have completed a competitive conservatory degree at either the undergraduate or graduate level at the time of application.

Auditions for the Artist Diploma are by invitation only. To be considered for an audition, applicants must first submit a completed application which includes video recordings of the required pre-screening repertoire.

ADMISSIONS TIMELINE

01 November 2016
Application available online
01 March 2017
Applications due
31 March 2017
Selected applicants notified of pre-screening and application decisions
19-28 April 2017
Auditions and interviews held in Berlin for invited applicants
15-19 May 2017
Auditions and interviews held in Berlin for invited applicants
31 May 2017
Applicants notified of results of auditions and interviews

PRE-SCREENING AND LIVE AUDITION REPERTOIRE

Bassoon

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • Either: an étude or a work from the standard repertoire for basson


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • An étude
  • A work from the standard repertoire for basson
Cello

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • Either: a movement of an unaccompanied Bach suite or a work from the standard repertoire for cello


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • A movement from an unaccompanied Bach suite
  • A work from the standard repertoire for cello
Clarinet

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • Either: an étude or a work from the standard repertoire for clarinet


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • An étude
  • A work from the standard repertoire for clarine
Composition

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A portfolio of up to four compositions alongside recordings of those compositions. Recordings are preferably taken from live performances, although recordings generated in MIDI format will be accepted.
  • A video recording of a work from the standard repertoire of the applicants primary instrument, with preference for a movement of a sonata or a concerto.


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A work from the standard repertoire of the applicants primary instrument with preference for a movement of a sonata or a concerto
Conducting

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A recent video recording clearly showing the applicant conducting an ensemble of preferably classical orchestral size, or larger.
  • A video recording of a work from the standard repertoire of the applicant's primary instrument, with preference for a movement of a sonata or a concerto.
Double Bass

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • Two contrasting movements of a sonata
  • Either: an étude or a work from the standard repertoire for double bass


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • Two contrasting movements of a sonata
  • An étude
  • A work from the standard repertoire for double bass
Flute

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • Either: an étude or a work from the standard repertoire for flute


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • An étude
  • A work from the standard repertoire for flute
Harp

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • Two orchestral excerpts
  • A short work by J.S Bach, Debussy, or Nino Rota


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • Two orchestral excerpts
  • A short work by J.S Bach, Debussy, or Nino Rota
Horn

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • Either: two orchestral excerpts or a work from the standard repertoire for solo horn


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • Two orchestral excerpts
  • A work from the standard repertoire for solo horn
Oboe

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • Either: an étude or a work from the standard repertoire for oboe


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • An étude
  • A work from the standard repertoire for oboe
Percussion

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A marimba mallet solo of 5 to 12 minutes in duration
  • A work from the standard solo repertoire for percussion


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A marimba mallet solo of 5 to 12 minutes in duration
  • A work from the standard solo repertoire for percussion
Piano

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto or other work from the Romantic Era
  • Either: a work by J.S Bach or a movement of a Classical sonata


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A movement or work from the Romantic Era
  • A work by J.S Bach
  • A movement of a Classical sonata
Trombone

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A movement of either a concerto or a sonata
  • Either: an étude or a work from the standard repertoire for trombone


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A movement of either a concerto or a sonata
  • An étude
  • A work from the standard repertoire for trombone
Trumpet

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • Either: an étude or a work from the standard repertoire for trumpet


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • An étude
  • A work from the standard repertoire for trumpet
Tuba

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A movement of either a concerto or a sonata
  • Either: an étude or a work from the standard repertoire for tuba


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A movement of either a concerto or a sonata
  • An étude
  • A work from the standard repertoire for tuba
Viola

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A movement of either a concerto or a sonata
  • Either: a movement of an unaccompanied Bach suite or a work from the standard repertoire for viola


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A movement of either a concerto or a sonata
  • A movement of an unaccompanied Bach suite
  • A work from the standard repertoire for viola
Violin

Pre-Screening Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • Either: a movement from an unaccompanied Bach suite or a work from the standard repertoire for violin


Live Audition Repertoire:

  • A movement of a concerto
  • A movement from an unaccompanied Bach suite
  • A work from the standard repertoire for violin