Viola Audition Masterclass

Máté Szucs

Máté Szucs
2017/10/27 - 2017/10/29
Application deadline: 2017/10/01

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 viola tutti & solo 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)


Like many players of the viola, Máté Szűcs first learned the violin. He completed his violin studies with Ferenc Szecsödi at the conservatory in Szeged, changing to the viola in 1996 and becoming a pupil of Ervin Schiffer, who taught him at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Waterloo. This was followed by studies from 2000 to 2005 with Leo de Neve at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, completed by Máté Szűcs with distinction.

In 2003 he began his career as an orchestral musician and principal violist. It has taken him from the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra in Antwerp by way of the Bamberger Symphoniker, Dresden Staatskapelle and Frankfurt Radio (hr) Symphony Orchestra to the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Principal Viola from 2008 to 2012) and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Máté Szűcs, who appears in concert throughout Europe as a soloist and chamber-music player, also teaches at the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark.

Repertoire to be Prepared

4. Viola Berlioz Harold in Italy, Mvt. I (2 Excerpts)
5. Viola Brahms Symphony No. 4, Mvt. II (mm. 64-80)
6. Viola Bruckner Symphony No. 4, Mvt. 2 (Meas 51 until m.83)
7. Viola Mahler Symphony No. 10, Adagio (Three Excerpts)
8. Viola Strauss Don Juan, Op. 20 Beginning Until Reh. D
9. Viola Strauss Don Quixote, Var III (Reh 14-18 and 26-34)
10. Viola Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Mvt. I (Allegro non troppo until 6 after Reh. C