Application deadline and pre-round: 18 March 2024
Audition: 12 May 2024
Appointment: by mutual agreement
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra seeks applicants for solo bassoon and alternating solo bassoon vacancies (two available positions).
- Outstanding musical and artistic skills
- Ability to collaborate and work well with others
- Good leadership qualities, both socially and artistically
In addition to musical duties, the solo bassoon will work as group leader for the four members of the bassoon section. You will ensure that services and part assignments are distributed evenly amongst group members as well as determine the need for any substitutes or extras. As a link between the bassoon section, the conductor, and the administration, the solo bassoon will make certain that the group can perform to the best of its abilities at all times.
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is also seeking an enthusiastic musician to fill the position of Alternating solo bassoon. In addition to musical duties, you will also collaborate with other members of the bassoon section in order to create a healthy social and work environment.
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is an internationally renowned symphony orchestra with a rich history spanning more than 250 years. Under the direction of Chief Conductor Edward Gardner and Principal Guest Conductor Sir Mark Elder, the orchestra enjoys a busy concert schedule, a substantial outreach program, as well as a strong international presence through numerous tours, recordings, and the streaming service Bergenphilive. Guest conductors include Kirill Petrenko, Osmo Vänskä, Maxim Emelyanychev, Jader Bignamini, Petr Popelka, Thomas Søndergård, and Dinis Sousa. As a part of the larger organization Musikkselskapet Harmonien, the orchestra regularly engages with other partner entities like Bergen Philharmonic Chorus and Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. For a more detailed biography of the orchestra, please continue to this link.
The salary for the position is regulated by the collective agreement between CREO - the union for arts and culture and Musikkselskapet Harmonien, and will depend on seniority.
Solo bassoon: min. 706.990 kr yearly.
Alternating solo bassoon: min. 677.870 kr yearly.
As a member of our orchestra, you will be eligible for benefits under the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme (Folketrygden), which provides financial support for residents including cash benefits for illness/disability, family support, pensions and healthcare coverage. Read more here.
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. The video round should be considered as a first round, and only highly qualified candidates will be invited to audition.
Pre-qualification round video
The candidates record a video of the following repertoire.
- Mozart: Bassoon concerto, exposition from mvmt. 1 (with or without accompaniment)
- 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
- Mozart: Bassoon concerto, mvmt. 1 and 2
- Saint-Saëns: Sonata for bassoon and piano, mvmt. 1 and 2
- Orchestral excerpts and chamber music can be downloaded here.
All communication with the candidates will be done by email.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.