2nd Violin Audition Masterclass

Daniel Draganov

Daniel Draganov
2017/11/01 - 2017/11/03
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 for the 2nd violin tutti & leader 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)


Daniel Draganov, Assistant Leader 2nd violin at Deutschen Oper Berlin

Born in 1969 into a family of musicians, he received initial tuition in playing the violin from his father at the age of five. When he was ten he made his debut as a soloist in an orchestral concert in the “Hamburg Musikhalle” . At the early age of eleven he won the first prize in the federal German competition "Jugend musiziert".

He studied with Jens Ellermann in Hanover, Sándor Vegh in Salzburg and - as a scholarship holder of the German Academic Exchange Programme - with Felix Andrievsky and Igor Oistrach at the Royal College of Music in London, where he won the Dove Prize in 1990. Even in his student years he gave concerts as a soloist with numerous orchestras and as a chamber musician.

Since 1994 he has been principal in the Duisburg Philharmonic, the orchestra of Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In 1996 he was engaged as a member of the Bayreuth Festival orchestra, to which he still belongs and of which he is the leading representative.

As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed a great deal abroad, appearing in England, France, Greece, China, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Lebanon and the Czech Republic. He has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Musique de Eté in France and the Lebanon Music Festival.

He is part of a well established duo with Thanassis Apostopopoulos which has given concerts regularly for more than ten years and recorded a CD of music by Janácek and Strauss. He has taken part in world premieres or first performances of works by composers like Mathias Kosel, Friedmann Dressler and Periclis Koukos.

As first violinist in the Draganov Quartet he has toured extensively in Germany and abroad over the last 20 years. The ensemble has works of standard quartet literature in its repertoire, but also places special emphasis on contemporary music.

In 2009 he got appointed a member of the Orchestra of the „Deutsche Oper Berlin“, again in a leading position. Since then he also became a member of the string quartett of the „Deutsche Oper Berlin“. He has worked with conductors like James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Günther Wand, Christian Thielemann, Andris Nelsons and Lorin Maazel, to name just a few. In the past years he has, besides his busy concert schedule taken up an intense teaching career. He is teaching for the music council o the state of „Hessen“, the German-French music society, the „Young Artists Festival Bayreuth“, and at the Belorussian State Academy in Minsk, the famous „Rimskij-Korsakow Music College“ in St. Petersburg/ Russia, and the „Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya“.

He has been a regular Guest-Professor at the „Toho Gakuen Orchestra Academy“ in Japan and has tought various masterclasses in China.

In 2014 he took up a teaching collaboration with the Bangkok based “Siam Sinfonietta”.

In 2015 the Deutsche Oper Berlin made him the Music Director of the “Chamber Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin”.

Repertoire to be Prepared

6. Tutti Wagner Meistersinger Vorspiel
8. Tutti Bruckner Sinfonie Nr 9
9. Tutti Brahms Klavierkonzert
10. Tutti Weber Oberon Ouvertüre
11. Tutti Smetana Ouvertüre Verkaufte Braut