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.

2nd Concertmaster

The deadline for applications has now passed.
Audition date 9 June, by invitation only
Starting date As soon as possible

We are looking for a highly qualified violinist to be the second (assistant) concertmaster of the BFO. The first violin section is comprised of 18 violinists. There are two rotating concertmasters, one assistant concertmaster and two associate concertmasters. For the majority of the season the assistant concertmaster sits in the second chair. On occasional weeks they sit in the third chair (when both concertmasters are playing), and they spend some weeks leading the orchestra as concertmaster.

Audition repertoire

  • Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3, 4 or 5 (1st and 2nd movement without cadenza)
  • A romantic concerto (1st movement without cadenza). We will provide an accompanist for the following concertos: Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius or Tchaikovsky.
  • Orchestral excerpts available for download here

Interview after the last round of auditions.

Please complete the application form below. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Auditions Coordinator Michiel Westhof on +47 55 21 62 68 or

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Principal Horn

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra has a vacancy for the position of Principal Horn.

The deadline for applications has now passed.
Auditions: 3 May
Appointment: 1 August

Selected qualified candidates will be invited to audition.

We are looking for a skilled Principal Horn for our orchestra. Your tasks as Principal Horn will be to lead the horn group musically and professionally, and to plan and manage the division of tasks within the horn group. 

Good leadership qualities and cooperation skills are natural preconditions for the position.

Salary: NOK 656,050 per year for ten years’ seniority.

Invitations to attend and the repertoire for the audition will be sent after the final date for applications.

All correspondence will be via email, so please note that the setting on your email account may mean that emails from us, which are sent to multiple recipients, may end up in your junk email folder.

Any questions? Contact Orchestra Personnel Manager Michiel Westhof at (+47) 55 21 62 68 or