Performer´s Diploma (Konzertexamen)

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.

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

Due to the special rank of this study programme, the aptitude test has 2 parts.

For the 1 st 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, plase see below "Komposition (Großes Kompositionsexamen)".

You will receive further information how and where to upload the videos till 11.12.2020. All videos have to be uploaded till 18.12.2020! So please prepare your video material already now!

If the board of examiners decides that your application should advance to the next round, you will be invited till mid-January 2021.

The second round of the aptitude test will take place  in February 2021 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).

Piano duo

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 of works for piano with four hands and/or two pianos of different styles lasting approximately 60-80 minute.  The programme must include works from the Viennese classical, including Franz Schubert. One work must have been composed after 1950.

Singing

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

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

  1. one major opera role
  2. one major song cycle
  3. one major oratorio role
  4. one major solo role from a symphonic work or choral symphony
  5. a selection of repertoire of the applicant’s choice (6 arias, 6 songs)

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.

Répétition
  1. Performance at the piano with vocal marking of an ensemble scene of advanced difficulty from an opera by Richard Strauss or Richard Wagner.
  2. Directing an ensemble rehearsal with voice students

Duration: 40 minutes

Orchestral conducting

Conducting and rehearsing the college orchestra in a repertoire rehearsal

Duration: 40 minutes

Composition (major composition diploma)

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.