Auditions - About TMSO

As of March 8, 2019

  • Qualification
    • Anyone who has the ability to be a principal player of a professional orchestra regardless of age and nationality.
  • Application
    1. Document and VTR Screening
      Deadline: Application must arrive no later than Friday, May 17, 2019
      *For resume, see guideline for application below.
      *For VTR, record the listed works below on “DVD-R” and submit.
      *The submitted DVD-R has to be playable on DVD players in Japan.
      The order of works performed is to be as follows (The music for the VTR screening is to be prepared by the applicants themselves.)

      【Solo Set Piece】*Recording should be done with piano accompaniment. (Accompanist is to be arranged by the applicant.)
      F. David / Concertino in E-flat major, op.4 (Zimmermann edition) entire piece

      【Orchestra Excerpts】
      1. Ravel: Bolero
      From 3rd bar of 10 to the 1st bar of 11
      2. Mahler: Symphony No.3 in D minor, two passages from the 1st movement
      From Auftakt of a.33 to the 2nd bar of 34
      From 1 bar before b.58 to 62
      3. Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 in C minor, op.78
      From Q to the 2nd bar of S
      4. Rossini: William Tell Overture
      From C to the 9th bar of D
      5. Schumann: Symphony No.3 in E-flat major, op.97 (play on Alto Trombone)
      From the beginning of the 4th movement to 18th bar of A

      [Guideline to video recording]
      *Video must be shot (both solo and orchestra excerpts) in 1 (one) take AND 1 (one) track. Everything must be videotaped on the same day at the same place. Applicant is free to take breaks between the pieces, but be sure to stay in the screen.
      *Video must be shot by a fixed camera (editing not permitted) and the applicant’s face, hands and the instrument have to be clearly visible. Audition videos that are suspected to have been edited will be disqualified.
      *Utmost care must be taken so that there will be no background noise that might affect the screening.
      *Be sure to check the overall image and sound quality before submitting. Poor recording quality may result in disqualification.
      Result of the Document / VTR Screening will be sent off on Friday, 7 June, 2019.
      Notification for 1st round audition schedule and Orchestra excepts will be mailed to successful applicants of the document screening.
    2. 1st round audition (held for successful applicants of Document / VTR screening)
      Friday, August 30, 2019
        【Set Piece】
        (As with the VTR screening, music is to be prepared by the applicants themselves)
        F. David / Concertino in E-flat major, op.4(Zimmermann edition)1st and 2nd movements
        【Orchestra excerpts】
        (to be played from the music specified by TMSO)
    3. 2nd round audition (held for successful applicants of the 1st round audition)
      Audition date will be coordinated between the applicants and TMSO
        【Set Piece】
        F. David / Concertino in E-flat major, op.4(Zimmermann edition) entire piece
        【Orchestra excerpts】
    4. Aptitude evaluation for an orchestra player (held for successful applicants of the 2nd round audition)
      *To be engaged in the services of the TMSO (In principle within 4 months period)
      *Fee is provided in accordance with the TMSO regulation
  • Audition Venue(s)

    2. 3. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, TMSO rehearsal studio
    4. Respective concert halls where TMSO concerts are held

  • Notification for Results
    • Results for the 1st round audition will be notified on Friday, August 30, 2019.
    • Results for the 2nd round audition will be notified on the day of the audition
    • Results for the aptitude evaluation will be notified immediately after screening.
  • Interview

    Held for applicants who passed the aptitude evaluation for an orchestra player.

  • How to Apply
    • Resume (see below) and DVD-R for the VTR screening must be received on or before Friday, May 17, 2019 by post or brought in person by 5:00pm on the same day to the TMSO management office.
      *Applicants applying from outside of Tokyo Metropolitan Area may consult the audition time for the 1st round audition. In such case, please note the preferred time in the Resume.
      *The resume and DVD-R will be used solely for the purpose of the audition and will not be returned.
    • ★Please download the resume form here.
  • Terms of employment
    • Salary will be on an annual salary scheme in accordance with the TMSO regulation.
      - 3 year contract with renewal.
      - No retirement allowance provided.
    • Commuting allowance, expenses for expendables, maintenance, and repairs of instruments are provided.
    • Social Insurance (health insurance, employees pension insurance, employment insurance) provided.

    *For candidates who cannot begin work immediately because of being a student or for any other reasons may consult.

  • Others
    • Applicants should bring his/her own piano accompanist needed for the 1st and 2nd round audition. (For applicants who find it difficult to bring his/her accompanist due to residing overseas or outside Tokyo Metropolitan Area, TMSO will arrange an accompanist if needed. Please contact the person in charge below.)
    • Applicants should be responsible for his/her expenses for transportation, travel and accommodation.
  • Mailing address and inquiries

    Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
    Att. Violin (Tutti) Audition
    Mr. Tateoka, Ms. Murata
    C/O Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
    5-45, Ueno-Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo Japan 110-0007
    TEL: +81 3 3822 0728
    *State “Resume Enclosed” on the envelope when sending it by post.
    *For inquiries email at:

  • PDF

    Please download the resume.PDF(PDF)