Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is an internationally renowned symphony orchestra with a rich history which spans over more than 250 years. Under the direction of Chief Conductor Edward Gardner, the orchestra has a busy concert schedule, a substantial outreach programme and strong international presence through tours, recordings and the concert streaming service BergenPhiLive. The orchestra is owned by Musikkselskapet Harmonien, which also runs Bergen Philharmonic Chorus and Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Solo clarinet

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Application deadline: 19 February 2023
Audition: 21 April 2023
Appointment: by mutual agreement

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is looking for a dedicated solo clarinetist. 

You have:

  • Outstanding musical and artistic abilities. 
  • Good cooperation and ensemble skills. 
  • Good leadership skills, socially and artistically. 

In addition to your musical tasks, you will be leading our four-person strong clarinet group. You will take part in distributing orchestral duties and keep updated on potential substitutes to the orchestra. You connect the group, section, conductor and administration, and are dedicated to making everyone in the group as good as possible. 

The clarinetists in Bergen play on french systems. 

How to apply: 

To apply, please complete the below application form adding a link to the pre-qualification round video. A jury will consider the applications once the deadline has passed. Selected candidates will be invited to audition in Grieghallen, Bergen on 21 April 2023. 


Pre-qualification round video

The candidates record a video of the following repertoire. 

  • Mozart: Clarinet concerto, exposition from mvmt. 1 (with or without accompaniment)
  • Stravinsky: Three pieces for solo clarinet, No. 2
  • Orchestral excerpts can be downloaded here

The video must be recorded in one continuous take and must not be edited. The order should be as listed above.

You must remain visible throughout the take. You can take your time in between the pieces to tune and adjust if necessary, but the camera must be on the whole time.

A smartphone is adequate for this recording Ensure that there is a suitable distance between the microphone and the instrument, and film in landscape mode. You and the whole instrument must be visible at all times.

The video must be uploaded on YouTube, mark it as ‘not listed’ and paste the link to the video in the application form below. Videos submitted in any other way will be rejected.


For those invited to audition


All communication with the candidates will be done by email.
Please be aware that our emails might be in your spam folder. 

If you have questions, please get in touch with the orchestra personell managers:
Aslak Bjørge Hermstad (+47 97122883) or Vidar Olsen (+47 90109247) or by email to


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