Who can apply?

Students in a master's program from the following institutions:

  • Orchesterzentrum|NRW
  • Hochschule für Musik Detmold
  • Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
  • Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen
  • Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln

Members of the following partner institutions:

  • Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya (JONC)
  • Royal Northern College of Music Manchester (RNCM)
  • Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)
  • Filarmónica Joven de Colombia (FJC)

from the four state colleges of music of North Rhine-Westphalia if the alumna or alumnus does not yet have an employment contract as a musician in a professional orchestra, or if she/he did not complete her/his degree more than two semesters before the start of the MCO Academy.

Which instruments are needed?

You can apply with the instruments mentioned in the list below. Please click on the instrument to find the repertoire for the application video.

double bass
tenor trombone
bass trombone

How to apply?

STEP 1 Send your documents

Please send the following documents to the Orchesterzentrum|NRW

  • your CV
  • instrument
  • certificate of study or diploma (only for students / alumni not in the Orchestral Masters Program)

Members of the international partner institutions who are interested in the MCO Academy contact the administration / management of their institutions.

STEP 2 Upload your application video

The Orchesterzentrum|NRW will send you a personal login information for the password protected application platform. Please upload your application video that has to meet the following criteria:

  • The person in the video has to be you.
  • Record the video in one take (no cuts).
  • The video must encompass the complete repertoire in one take.
  • If you dont't have the chance to play with piano accompaniment play without.
  • Maximum length of 15 minutes.
  • Please record the video in a full shot (no "close ups").
  • Make sure that you have the best sound and light situation as possible (accordingly to your situation, no background noises, no backlight).
  • Please tell your name before you start to play.

As soon as you have sent your video no corrections are possible any more.

Please send your video by July 15 2020.

The application video will be provided to selected members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. They will make their choice and tell you the result. Please keep the dates for the projects blocked in your calendar.

George Benjamin's opera "Lessons in Love and Violence" and Gustav Mahler's 7th Symphony have different ensemble sizes. It might happen that you play only in one of the two projects. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra will let you know if you are selected for both or for one project.

If you have any questions please contact the Orchesterzentrum|NRW (

Data protection

By sending us your application you transmit personal information to the Orchesterzentrum|NRW. We would like to draw your attention to our data protection declaration.

We would like to point out that we collect the information only to enable your participation in the selection process for the MCO Academy 2020 & 2021. After sending us your application we provide the information to selected members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO). Based on the information they will make their choice who can join the MCO Academy 2020 & 2021. Please note that we will delete your information as soon as the selection process is finished.

If you want us to delete your application information before please send an E-Mail to We will delete your application as soon as possible. Please note that in this case your application cannot be considered any further.