De Unges Konsert - Young Soloists Competition

De Unges Konsert - Young Soloists Competition

De Unges Konsert Young Soloists Competition 2020 is now open for applications. We invite young musicians to audition in Bergen. Closing date: Thursday 23 January 2020

Since 1938, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra has showcased young talent. This competition has been an important step in the careers of many top musicians such as Henning Kraggerud, Håvard Gimse, Tine Thing Helseth, Truls Mørk, Vilde Frang and Lise Davidsen.

Concert and prizes

A total of five soloists will be selected from the audition round to play as soloists with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at De Unges Konsert in Grieghallen on Thursday 16 April 2020. The conductor is Gilbert Varga. The concert will be live-streamed at

We cover all travel and accommodation expenses for soloists. All of the soloists receive a scholarship of NOK 75,000 from the Kavli Trust. The audience will vote for their favourite who will receive the Kavli Trust audience prize of NOK 20,000.

Who can apply?

Instrumentalists born in 1996 or later and singers born in 1993 or later are eligible to apply to audition for De Unges Konsert 2020. Everyone within this age group who is studying music in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, irrespective of nationality, can apply. Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish nationals can apply irrespective of where they are studying.

The application form is at the bottom of this page.

How to apply?

Auditions for De Unges Konsert will be held in Bergen on Monday 10 February 2020.

To be considered for a place in the audition, you must submit the application form below by Thursday 23 January 2020. The application form must contain a link to a video clip on YouTube of the repertoire you wish to perform at the audition and, should you be selected, at De Unges Konsert in April. The repertoire must not be less than 10 minutes and no more than 15 minutes.

The recording must be from 2019 or 2020. It must only be of your repertoire, and it must be unedited. Live recordings and multiple-camera recordings are permitted. The recording should be made together with an accompanist.

Please bear in mind that the recording is the only way to convice the jury to invite you to the auditions in Bergen!

Please specify the place and time of the recording. Remember to use the setting ‘unlisted’ and not ‘private’ when you upload the video to YouTube.

Invitations to attend auditions will be sent by 3 February 2020.


Audition date: Monday 10 February 2020 in Grieghallen, Bergen

Up to 15 applicants will be invited to audition after the pre-qualification round. Hotel accommodation in Bergen from Sunday 9 to Monday 10 February will be covered for those invited to audition, and they will receive NOK 2,000 towards travel expenses.

The audition repertoire is the same as the concert programme. The duration of the programme must not be less than 10 minutes and no more than 15 minutes.

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra will provide an accompanist for the audition. You can use your own pianist if you prefer, but we will not cover their travel and accommodation expenses. All candidates will be given a short rehearsal with their accompanist in Grieghallen in the afternoon of Sunday 9 February.

You are allowed to use sheet music at the audition and the concert.

Any questions? Please contact project coordinator Sunniva Øiestad at

De Unges Konsert is funded by the Kavli Trust.