How to apply

Co-Principal Second Violin

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe is currently inviting applications for the position of Co-Principal Second Violin.

The COE works for roughly 90-110 days per annum divided into approximately 10-12 special projects spread throughout the year. The two Co-Principal Second Violin members are expected to share the workload equally i.e. approximately 50 days per annum each.

Every member of the Orchestra is paid at the same rate. There is no written contract of membership and players are booked on a freelance basis. Pension plans, Health and Instrument Insurance, Personal tax etc. are all the responsibility of the individual.

Applicants must be resident in Europe and have the necessary paperwork in order to work and travel freely within the European Union.

Application procedure:

Highly qualified candidates may apply by uploading a CV and recording using the vacancy form below, selecting ‘Violin Co-Principal Second’ on the drop-down menu. Please send us a recording of any ‘Classical’ repertoire preferably by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert. Please do not send a recording of music from the ‘Romantic’ period or of any contemporary composer. The recording does not need to be made on professional equipment. Please also inform us of your nationality and country of residence.

Applications will be processed within two months of receipt. Successful applicants will be invited to audition during an upcoming COE tour; possible locations are Cologne, Antwerp, Bordeaux, Amsterdam, Friedrichshafen, Lucerne, Kronberg and Berlin. Auditions will be held before members of the violin section and Principal players from other sections. The COE is unable to reimburse expenses incurred by any candidate to attend the audition.

Audition requirements:
(a) a first movement and cadenza from a Mozart concerto
(b) a movement of solo Bach
(c) orchestral excerpts sent in advance
(d) possible Chamber Music with COE principals

Successful auditionees will be advised by email and offered a trial period by mutual arrangement. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email as soon as possible after their audition.


Vacancy form

Guest work

We occasionally hold auditions for guest work in our violin, viola and cello sections. Highly qualified candidates may apply by uploading a CV and recording directly onto the COE website. Please send us a recording of any ‘Classical’ repertoire preferably by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert. Please do not send a recording of music from the ‘Romantic’ period or of any contemporary composer. The recording does not need to be made on professional equipment. Please also inform us of your nationality and country of residence.

Other sections are not currently holding guest work auditions, however, please feel free to send us a CV for future reference to caroline@coeurope.org


Please do make sure that none of the files that you upload exceed 10MB in size and that your audio file is in mp3 format (mp4a is not valid).

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