Antwerp Symphony Orchestra Academy

The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra Academy is an outstanding programme which nurtures the finest early-career professional orchestral musicians, introducing them to multi-faceted experiences and preparing them for a career as a versatile orchestral musician. The programme is run by the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, one of Belgium’s eminent international cultural institutions, based in Antwerp. It is valued and warmly supported by orchestra musicians and staff, alumni, sponsors and other stakeholders.

The Academy musicians will be engaged during 12 pre-scheduled weeks between September and May. They will take part in orchestral productions with top conductors such as our chief conductor Elim Chan, workshops and coachings as well as a mock audition. The orchestral productions focus on the major symphonic repertoire as well as Flemish repertoire. Each Academy musician will be assigned a mentor and will receive 10 lessons from orchestra musicians of their choice.

After successful completion of the Academy programme, students will be accepted in the second round of the orchestra auditions for equivalent positions for the duration of 3 years.

Candidates for the 2023-2024 Academy auditions

  • need to be under 27 years old on the date of the audition.
  • follow or have completed a Bachelor in Music or equal
  • reside in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, or be able to provide an A1 or a valid work permit


  • Academy musicians will be paid according to the CAO voor het Paritair Comité voor het Vermakelijkheidsbedrijf.
  • Travel costs will be reimbursed according to the sociaal abonnement with a maximum of €15,80 per day for residents outside of Belgium.
  • Accommodation costs will not be covered.


  • The Academy auditions are held LIVE in Antwerp. No video or audio files will be accepted.
  • The exact time of your audition will be communicated in the invitation after the deadline.
  • Audition expenses such as travel or accommodation costs will not be reimbursed.


Audition dates and instruments