The Rotterdam Philharmonic Codarts Academy held its auditions last week with very encouraging results. From 49 applicants in the first round, 16 were selected for the scheme in the second round auditions. A larger number have also been admitted to the general scheme which will involve group sectionals and attendance at RPhO rehearsals and concerts. The full members of the scheme will receive individual coaching and audition training as well as all the other benefits of the scheme. A further selection for the Master training, which involves working with the RPhO with a mentor from the orchestra, will be made later this autumn. The scheme will work in two periods before and after Christmas and will focus on a number of the RPhO’s concerts.
The scheme is guided by a committee from the RPhO chaired by the Leader, Igor Gruppman and assisted by Principal Second Violin, Charlotte Potgieter. The audition panel for the second round comprised Igor Gruppman, Charlotte Potgieter, Letizia Sciarone, Veronika Lenartova, Mario Rio, Remco de Vries, Julien Hervé, Hendrik-Jan Renes and myself as Codarts representative.