Konzertexamen (Graduate recital)

The Konzertexamen has the character of a masterclass. Candidates who have demonstrated outstanding abilities in their studies to date will be purposefully prepared for careers as soloists or composers.


You wish to apply for the Konzertexamen?

Applicants for the Konzertexamen have to have a Master's degree with an excellent grade in their major (1,3 or better).

Please apply via our application website by uploading the required documents and application videos by 15th of November 2021.
In order to take part in the aptitude test part 1, you need to submit several application one video according to the regulations of the study course you are applying for.

For the 1st part we ask you to submit 3 video recordings (percussion/drums: 2) with extracts from the required works. Each video must not exceed the maximum play time of 12 minutes.

Each video has to start with a short introduction (your name, your application number, the title of the piece you are about to present). The video has to be filmed in one take and live, which means the material must not be cut or post-edited. There is no need for professional video production. Videos taken with your mobile phone are absolutely fine. However, you should be clearly visible and audible whilst playing your instrument or singing.

For composers, there are special requirements, please see below "Komposition (Großes Kompositionsexamen)".

You will receive an e-mail with the results of part 1 of the aptitude test by mid-December. If you have passed part 1 of the aptitude test, you will be invited to part 2 which will take place on friday the 4th of February 2022 at the hmt. 

We look forward to your application.

Strings

Applicants are expected to give a recital oriented on the requirements of an international competition. Several eras must be represented. Applicants are required to perform:

  1. One solo work of extremely advanced difficulty
  2. One sonata or sonata-like work with piano
  3. One virtuoso concerto

 Duration: approx. 30-45 minutes

Wind instruments

Applicants are expected to give a recital oriented on the requirements of an international competition. Several eras must be represented. Applicants are required to perform:

  1. One solo work of extremely advanced difficulty
  2. One sonata or sonata-like work with piano
  3. One virtuoso concerto

 Duration: approx. 30-45 minutes

Piano

This course is aimed at outstandingly talented musicians destined for careers as international soloists. The requirements of the AT correspond to those of a (“medium-level”) international competition (comparable to the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition)). Applications must be accompanied by a detailed list of the candidate’s artistic activities to date, his or her concert activities (also with orchestra) and prior experience in competitions.

Candidates must prepare a recital programme lasting approximately 65-80 minutes and requiring an extremely high level of pianistic/artistic competence. The programme must include works from the Baroque, Viennese classical and Romantic eras and from the 20th century. The recital must also include an etude by F. Chopin (excluding op. 10/3, op. 10/6, op. 25/7).

Singing

The jury will choose works from a programme of extremely advanced difficulty; these must be performed from memory (except for the symphonic work/choral symphony resp. oratorio) and in the original language.

The programme, which must include works from all eras, should consist of:

  1. 6 lieder (different languages and eras)
  2. 6 arias from operas (at least on in German)
  3. one major solo role from a symphonic work/choral symphony or one complete major oratorio role

Duration: approx. 30 minutes

Percussion

Applicants are expected to give a recital of the length of half a solo concert evening oriented on the requirements of an international competition. All percussion areas must be represented. Applicants are required to perform:

  1. Solo works of extremely advanced difficulty
  2. One concerto

Duration: approx. 30-45 minutes

Harp

Applicants are expected to give a recital of the length of half a solo concert evening oriented on the requirements of an international competition. All eras must be represented.

  1. One solo work of extremely advanced difficulty (virtuoso)
  2. One complete sonata (competition-oriented)
  3. One virtuoso harp concerto with piano accompaniment
Guitar

Approx. 20 minutes of a proposed typical concert programme of the applicant’s choice lasting 90 minutes will be heard. The examination board will choose the pieces to be performed immediately before the examination. There will also be a discussion. The programme should have the level of difficulty expected at an international competition.

The following eras must be represented: Renaissance/Baroque, Classical/Romantic, Spanish/Latin American music, new music.

Composition ("Großes Kompositionsexamen")

Applications for the major composition diploma must

  1. submit the following together with their application
    a) Three of their own compositions: one work for a solo instrument, one orchestral work, one vocal composition (The examination board may decide on the applicant’s aptitude on the basis of the compositions submitted)
    b) A list of works and performances
    c) A sound carrier with at least 5 recorded works
  2. On the day of the aptitude test, applicants must sit a five-hour composition examination entailing the entire conceptualisation and drafting of at least an excerpt of a work incorporating the material (text, problems) provided for the task.
  3. Give a talk on their own compositions lasting approximately 40 minutes; this must include issues relating to current developments in new music
  4. Answer questions put by the examination board and explain compositional processes using scores from various eras.

You have completed your studies and wish to give your final performance?

You give your final performance at the end of your studies, not later than one year after the specified standard period of studies. You must register for your exam at the student's office

-until 15.5. if the exam shall take place during the summer semester

-until 15.11. if the exam shall take place during the winter semester.

The final exam (performance) consists of two parts (except the Konzertexamen for Piano Duos - see regulations below)

Part 1: usually a public concert, with orchestra - if possible

Part 2: if not otherwise stated - a solo performance/recital, minimum duration 60 min

Strings

Part 1

Public concert, with orchestra - if possible

Part 2

Recital comprising at least 3 works from different stylistic epochs; one solo work should be included as well as one work composed after 1940

Wind Instruments

Part 1

Public concert, with orchestra - if possible

Part 2

Public solo evening (recital with piano)

The presented pieces shall have a level of difficulty that is comparable to the final rounds of international competitions.

Sonatas as well as solo literature of different stylistic eras with extremely advanced demands on the soloist are expected.

It is possible to divide the presentation in 2 parts: 2/3 recital and 1/3 chamber music - assessment will be divided accordingly.

Piano

Part 1

Concert for piano and orchestra which is presented either with an orchestra or with an accompanying 2nd piano

Part 2

A public piano evening (recital, similar to the final round of an international competition)

Mandatory pieces:

a work from the Basso Continuo era

a work from the Viennese Classicism era

a composition of the "Romantic Period"

a work composed after 1960

Piano Duo

Piano Duo evening (four hands and/or at two pianos) with a free choice of programme.

Singing

Part 1

A Public concert, with orchestra - if possible - or the leading role in an opera performance

Part 2

A public recital evening

Percussion

Part 1

A solo concert, with orchestra - if possible

Part 2

A solo evening similar to the final round of an international competition comprising a minimum of 3 sections of percussion (e.g. snare drums, mallets, set-up)

Harp

Part 1

A public concert, with orchestra - if possible. 

A vituoso concert with an extremely advanced level of difficulty is expected (e.g. Gliére, Boieldieu or Spohr-Concertante)

Part 2

Recital with demands similar to those in international competitions.

The recital shall comprise a sonata, a work of Contemporary Music (composed after 1960) and an adaptation e.g. of a work for piano or cembalo of 5-10 minutes duration.

Guitar

Part 1

Public concert, with orchestra - if possible

Part 2

A solo evening comprising

a) 120 minutes of programme

b) A minimum of 60 minutes of solo programme

c) A maximum of 50 percent chamber music

d) Works from the major epochs for concert guitar: Renaissance or Baroque (1 cyclical work), 19th century, Spanish or Latinamerican music (1 cyclical work or at least 3 connected pieces), Contemporary Music

Please note that there will be one mandatory work about which the candidate will be informed 6 weeks prior to the exam.

Composition ("Großes Kompositionsexamen")

Part 1

Presentation of an orchestral work

Submission of scores comprising different genres and instrumentations (including those which are not presented in the examination concerts)

Part 2

Chamber concert: Presentation of several own works (solo to ensemble) in a portrait concert

Please note that both parts of the examination can also take place at locations outside the hmt Rostock with musicians who are not part of the hmt community.However, you need to arrange transport and accomodation for the board of examiners when nessecary.