Violoncello Audition Masterclass

Andreas Greger

Andreas Greger
2017/07/20 - 2017/07/22
Application deadline: 2017/06/25

Application fee
Active Participants: 199.00 €
Auditors: 79.00 €


Playing in a professional orchestra places special demands on string players. While soloist's qualities are expected in auditions, another kind of quality is needed for playing in the tutti section of a large orchestra. We would therefore like to offer dedicated musicians the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned musicians and successful soloists of prestigious orchestras through participation in this course, and to profit from their artistic and professional knowledge.

This master class offers participants the chance to prepare intensively and optimally for upcoming auditions. The diversity of contact with other course participants and instructors creates an ideal atmosphere for intense work, making advancements on one's instrument and making ensemble music.


Course Content

This course focuses on key aspects of auditions for tutti & solo cello by combining the study of the usual audition repertoire with honing the special skills necessary for playing in an ensemble.

Not only will work be done on the most common audition excerpts, but audition situations will also be simulated in front of the instructor and other participants, in order to provide audition experience and help combat nervousness and excitement.

Course Objective

After the completion of this masterclass, the participants will be able to play selected orchestral excerpts of various stylistic periods with a high degree of technical and interpretive skill. The course allows the participants the security to master auditioning through public performance and to apply their skills in relevant situations.


  • Three days of masterclasses
  • Each participant may work on up to 3 selected excerpts with the instructors
  • Group seminar event - the attendance of all participants is desired
  • Simulated audition for all participants with feedback from instructor and other participants


We welcome and invite advanced university students but also professional players to be active participants or auditors. Active participants receive lessons using literature selected by the instructors.

Maximum 20 active participants


Accommodation can be provided in Hotel Schloss Britz.


Fulhamer Allee (M46, M44)
Britzer Damm/Mohriner Allee (M181, M44)


Andreas Greger ist seit 1986 Solocellist der Staatskapelle Berlin. Er studierte bei Joseph Schwab an der Hochschule für Musik »Hanns Eisler« Berlin. Ein Zusatzstudium an der Franz-Liszt-Akademie in Budapest vervollständigte seine künstlerische Ausbildung. Seine Mentoren waren u. a. Györgyi Kurtag, Laszlo Mezö und Miklos Perenyi. Er erspielte Preise bei nationalen und internationalen Wettbewerben, so z. B. 1986 beim Tschaikowsky-Wettbewerb in Moskau. Als Solist trat Andreas Greger mehrfach bei Rundfunkaufnahmen sowie bei Konzerten im In- und Ausland in Erscheinung. Er spielte u. a. mit der Staatskapelle Berlin, dem Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester und dem Großen Rundfunkorchester Berlin. Mit dem Streichtrio Berlin (vormals Gaede Trio) absolviert er seit 1992 eine internationale Karriere, welche durch zahlreiche CD-Einspielungen bei den Labels Tacet, Sony und LargoRecords dokumentiert ist. Seine musikalischen Partner sind Wolfgang Schulz, Markus Schirmer, Asher Fish, Javier Perianes u. v. a. Darüber hinaus widmet er sich dem Unterrichten. So hatte er als Lehrender Teil an der Gründungsphase der Musikakademie der Barenboim-Said-Stiftung in Sevilla. Andreas Greger ist Professor für Violoncello an der Hochschule für Musik »Hanns Eisler« Berlin.

Repertoire to be Prepared

1. Beethoven Symphony No. 5, 2nd movement
2. Beethoven Symphony No. 8, 3rd movement
3. Brahms Symphony No. 2, 2nd movement
4. Bruckner Symphony No. 7, 1st movement
5. Smetana Die verkaufte Braut, Overture, until bar 78
6. R. Strauss Don Juan, until before letter E, from Tempo vivo before letter G
7. Verdi Missa da Requiem, Offertorium
8. Wagner Rheingold, 2. Scene
9. Wagner Walküre, 2. Act, 4. Scene
10. Wagner Lohengrin, 3. Act, 3. Scene, the first five lines