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Principal Double Bass

Available position: Principal Double bass for the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Starting date: January 1, 2023.

The first round is pre-recorded. We kindly ask you to supply two videos: one with the concerto and the other with all the excerpts in order as shown below. The concerto should be recorded with piano accompaniment where the piano part starts 4 bars before the double bass entrance.


  1. Dittersdorf Double Bass Concerto No.2, Krebs 172, D-Major, Mvt I.
    Please use the H.K. Gruber cadenza and either the original or the Tischer-Zeitz version of the concerto.

Orchestral excerpts

  1. Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Mvt. III, bars 51-69, 81-127, 151-163
  2. Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Mvt. I, bars 78-88, 93-112, 184-217
  3. Mozart Symphony No. 40, Mvt. I, bars 114-138, 191-217
  4. Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Mvt. IV, bars 131-153
  5. Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, Mvt. III, figure 73-74, 75-76
  6. Strauss, R. Ein Heldenleben, Number 9-11, 66-70
  7. Haydn Symphony No. 31, Mvt. IV Var. 7, the solo in the first 16 bars without repeats
  8. Prokofiev Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Mvt. II, figure 15-16 and bar 5-6 of figure 25
  9. Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite, Mvt. VII, all movement without repeat.

Please record each video in one take, without any cuts or edits and kindly remain in frame for the entirety of the recording. The orchestra tunes in A=442Hz, and every round should be played on an orchestra tuned bass.

Please submit your application latest June 6, 2022 using the form further down. The videos must be submitted as streamable links (using YouTube or Google Drive, for example). We do not accept videos sent as downloadable links, such as Sprend or WeTransfer.

Applicants who pass the first round will be invited to the live in-person rounds at Konserthuset Stockholm September 22-23, 2022. You will be notified whether you have proceeded to the next round around June 20 along with the repertoire list for the later rounds. Applicants should also be prepared for an ensemble and/or orchestral test during a later round.

For questions regarding the excerpts (including help with finding the music), recordings or the audition in general, please contact:

For other questions, please contact Jonatan Samuelsson, Assistant Orchestra Manager, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at

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