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Orchestral Musician Master (incl. Early Music and Contemporary Music)

Application periods and requirements

The artistic instrumental training in the Master's degree programme Orchestra Musician is offered for the following instruments:

String instruments: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, concert guitar, harp
Wind and other orchestral instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn /  French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, timpani
Historical instruments: lute, recorder, transverse flute, baroque violin, baroque cello, baroque bassoon, baroque oboe and baroque viola


Application periods

15 Oktober – 15 November for the summer semester
15 March – 15 April  for the winter semester


Entrance requirements
• Bachelor or comparable degree in orchestral instruments
• special musical talent
• for international applicants: sufficient knowledge of German (language certificate German A2 for application and language certificate German B2 for enrolment)
• Applicants who have completed a six (180 LP according to ECTS) or seven (210 LP according to ECTS) semester Bachelor's program must complete an appropriate adaptation program after passing the exam.

your application - step by step

All steps mentioned in the following must be taken within the application deadline of the respective study program. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible within the application deadline so that you can clarify any questions that may arise with our StudyGuide in good time.

  1. Register and verify your identity (if you have not already done so in the past) in the Campusmanagement-Portal of the UdK Berlin:
  2. Log in to the Campus Management Portal ( and submit an application for admission to the desired degree program there within the application deadline and upload the following formal documents in a PDF file (max. 20 MB) to the application portal during the application process:

    ● Detailed CV in tabular form incl. information about previous studies
    ● Certificate of university graduation, foreign certificates have to be handed in as certified translation (Information for an application with a foreign university degree can be found here)
    Bank statement as proof of payment of the fee of € 30 for processing the application (in case of transfer from abroad proof of payment) or turnover view (in case of online banking). Other proofs/receipts (such as transfer orders) are not accepted.
    ● International applicants must also provide proof of their German language skills: language certificate German A2 for application and language certificate German B2 for enrolment. You can find more information here.
    Transfer students from other univercities must enclose proof of previous study and examination achievements. You can find more information here

    ATTENTION: For some instruments a digital portfolio is required, which has to be uploaded on Bemus parallel to the application deadline. Other instruments do a pre-selection on-site in presence. Information can be found in the Implementation Regulations in the section Admission Procedure.

  3.    Information on transferring the amount of  30 €  to the following account:
      Kasse der UdK Berlin
        Berlin Volksbank
        IBAN: DE 72 1009 0000 8841 0150 46
        Reason for payment: 35/01036, course of studies, name, application number

        Berliner Volksbank eG
        Budapester Street 35
        10787 Berlin

        For international bank transfers:
        Please make sure that you pay all applicable transfer fees (OUR - sender pays costs) when making the transfer.

    More information about application fee could be found here.

You do not yet have a Bachelor's degree at the time of application?

You have an international degree?

Are you an applicant from the PR China, Vietnam or India?

Are there any formal documents missing from your application? Find out how to submit them here.

Admission procedure

What happens after the application?

The admission procedure consists of the preselection and the entrance examination.

You can find  information on the details of the admission procedure for the  winter semester 2024/25  in the
implementation regulations ("Ausführungsbestimmungen") [German]

A Pre-selection - audition or upload of a digital portfolio via the UdK portal Bemus

The pre-selection is performed on the basis of the repertoire required for the entrance examination. The admissions committee listens to an excerpt of approximately five minutes from the prepared programme.
The pre-selection is passed by those who do not already show a lack of the special artistic talent required for this degree programme during the first assessment.
If you pass, you will be informed accordingly about the entrance examination.

For the instruments "historical instruments" (e.g. baroque cello, baroque bassoon, baroque oboe, baroque viola, baroque violin, basso continuo, recorder, lute/theorbo), bassoon, flute, horn, oboe, trombone, drums, trumpet and tuba the pre-selection will be carried out as follows:

After the formal examination of the Registration and Examination Office, you will receive an e-mail with the exact information about the date, time and place of the entrance examination (in presence). Likewise, the date of the entrance examination will be communicated (usually on the same day or very soon). Who is allowed to take part in the entrance examination will be decided with the pre-selection.

Please prepare three complete works of different styles for the pre-selection. First-year students can also prepare individual movements.


For the instruments guitar, harp, clarinet, double bass, saxophone, viola, violin and violoncello the pre-selection will be carried out as follows:
For the pre-selection, samples of work (digital portfolio) must be submitted parallel to the application deadline.

Applicants for guitar, harp, clarinet, double bass, saxophone and violoncello should submit videos of three works of different styles

Applicants for viola submit videos of the following repertoire:

  • movement including cadenza (if any) from a viola concerto
  • an etude or caprice
  • a solo suite or comparable work

Total duration at least 20 minutes, maximum 30 minutes

Applicants for violin submit videos of the following repertoire:

  • the 1st movement from a violin concerto, including cadenza (if available)
  • an etude or caprice
  • a solo suite or comparable work

The videos can be recorded with or without piano accompaniment.
The videos should be recorded unedited in one take, but can be separated per movement/work.

Total duration at least 20 minutes, maximum 30 minutes.

Information on uploading the digital portfolio:

Upload portal Bemus 

Login:                                Please use the login name and password that you use when registering and applying in the campus management portal

permitted file formats:PDF (max. 50 MB), MP4, MOV, M4V (Video formats each 2 GB)
Max. Amount of files:4
Max. File volume6,05 GB


B Entrance examination

Those who have passed the preselection will be admitted to the entrance examination.
The entrance examination usually takes place at the end of the lecture period for the following semester in presence.
Contents of the entrance examination are:

a. Performance of three works, one of which must be a decidedly virtuoso work and one of which should be from the field of contemporary music; the choice of a focus (early music or new music) should be included in the selection of the prepared works.

For violin: Performance of three works: a violin concerto, a solo sonata (or partita by J. S. Bach) and a caprice (e.g. Paganini, Wieniawski, Rode). All movements must be prepared.

b. sight-reading (work sample) and
c. a short professional discussion.

The entrance examination lasts approx. 15 minutes. If necessary, only excerpts of the prepared programme will be listened to.