July 9th to 22nd, 2017
12 - 24 years (strings)
16 - 24 years (piano)
It is required of every candidate to possess some ability in either German or English.
A complete application consists of
The application form must be filled out in full and sent to the Director by email (PDF, no scans or jpegs) or printed out and sent by post. No fax.
Strings: mandatory audition piece (see below), 1 piece of choice
Piano: 2 pieces of choice
Only Youtube recordings with direct link will be accepted. The audition material must be sent at the same time as the application, not afterwards.
Mandatory audition pieces
Violin: Peter I. Tchaikovsky, Mélodie Op. 42 No. 3
Viola: Henri Vieuxtemps, Elégie Op 30
Cello: Gabriel Fauré. Elégie Op. 24
Pieces of choice
Strings: from one's current repertoire
Piano: 2 solo pieces, no accompaniments or sonatas with other instruments
Should the candidate have requested and received an application form for scholarship (see page "Scholarships"), this form must be filled out in full and included with the application material.
Closing date for application/Application fee
There are two closing dates for application:
February 28: Application fee CHF 120 (all parts of the application including the audition)
March 15: Application fee CHF 180 (all parts of the application including the audition)
It is advisable to send the application as early as possible and to profit from the lower application fee. The application fee will not be refunded whether the candidate is accepted or not.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Procedure for selection of candidates and notification of acceptance
Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance shortly after April 1st by email. Applicants must be available by email and must check their emails regularly, especially between April 1st and 6th. Directly following notification of acceptance, applicants MUST confirm their participation within 24 hours by email, otherwise they risk their invitation.
The course fee must arrive in the Astona account by latest May 15th. Please see the page "Fees/Account Info" for full banking details.
For Astona it goes without saying that accepted applicants will definitely take part in the course. In the case of a cancellation, fees will be refunded based on the reasons for as well as the time of cancellation.