20th dez 2022
Call for Orchestral Academy 2023

We are pleased to announce the Call for the Orchestral Academy 2023 with Ljubljana International Orchestra, integrated into the Sounds of Change, a Creative Europe Project supported by the European Union.

We invite young professional musicians and advanced music students to spend an unforgettable summer with us at the Orchestral Academy, which will take place from 24 August until 31 August 2023 in the beautiful University City of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Sounds of Change will provide musicians, young professionals, and advanced students with the opportunity to experience the orchestral academy, exploring different orchestras and various cultures.
The Orchestral Academy provides participants with intensive programmes that collaborate with internationally renowned musicians, developing personal potential and gaining invaluable experiences for the future. The participants will acquire the necessary technical and interpretative skills, build confidence in response, function and collaboration within the orchestra, develop knowledge of different styles and epochs, and learn how to adapt in a simulation of a professional working environment.
This educational programme has two essential goals: refinement and excellence. We set a high standard in orchestral performance in the most demanding programmes with them.


Our Orchestra Academy and symphony orchestra provide the experience with the simulation of a professional orchestra. Professional musicians also play concerts with young musicians. It is an invaluable experience and a unique opportunity for all, as it develops dynamics and supports the passion for musical reproduction.
The project covers the expenses of travel, accommodation and meals connected to the activities of the orchestral academy for participating musicians.


New work (commissioned through Open Call for Composers by Sounds of Change Project)


R. Wagner: Prelude and Isoldes Liebestod
J. Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98




A. The auditions are intended for the following instruments: ViolinViolaCelloDouble BassFluteOboeEnglish HornClarinetBass clarinetBassoonTrumpetHornTrombonePercussionTuba and Harp.

B. The applications are open to all young musiciansinternational students or residents in Europe.

C. The candidates must be between 18 and 35 years old.

D. Deadline for the application: 10 March 2023 (23h59)

E. The candidates must apply through this link.  

F. The candidates must include the link for the video in the application form. The audition videos must start with the candidates’ names and be recorded in a single take.

G. The candidates must send YouTube, Vimeo or similar links (in private mode).

H. The videos should have good quality (image and sound) and allow easy candidate recognition.


All candidates must perform:

  • One movement (or part of the movement) of a free-choice concert or concertante piece (not more than 6 minutes)
  • The obligatory orchestral excerpts for their respective instruments. The orchestral excerpts are available for download via the below links.
01. Violin
02. Viola
03. Cello
05. Flute
06. Oboe
08. Bassoon
09. Trumpet
10. Horn
12. Tuba
14. Harp


  • The jury decision is irrevocable and unappealable.
  • The application for the auditions is free.
  • To clarify doubts or omitted situations in this regulation, contact us through




  • 20 December 2022: Release and publication of the call;
  • 10 March 2023: Deadline for the application;
  • 10 April 2023: Announcement of the selected musicians on the Sounds of Change website and social media;
  • August 2023: Sounds of Change Ljubljana International Orchestra/Orchestral Academy


The members of the jury are:


  • Aleksandar Stankov (Artistic Director of the Serbian National Theatre);
  • Benedict Klockner (Artistic Director of the International Music Festival Koblenz);
  • Lolo Fernández (Stage Director, Clown/Actor at Cirque du Soleil, Musician and Conservatory Teacher);
  • Osvaldo Ferreira (Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa);
  • Živa Peršuh (Artistic Director of the Ljubljana International Orchestra, ART BSA and the platform European Career Centre for Artists Triple Bridge)


The jury will exclude applications that are not complete.
Participation in this competition implies the acceptance of all the articles of these Regulations.
Omissions herein shall be resolved by the jury.