Auditions - About TMSO

As of November 26, 2018

  • Qualification
    • Anyone who has the ability to be a player of a professional orchestra.
    • Regardless of age and nationality.
  • Application
    • Resume (with ID photo attached, stating teachers and musical experiences) and 2 (two) letters of recommendation must be received on or before 5:00pm Friday, April 5, 2019 either by post or brought in person to the TMSO management office.
      • Typed copies should accompany the letters of recommendation if they are hand written in languages other than Japanese.
      • The resume will be used solely for the purpose of the audition and will not be returned.
      ★Please download the resume form here.
  • Screening
    1. Document screening
      *Results for the document screening will be sent off on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
      Notification for 1st round audition schedule and orchestra excerpts will be mailed to successful applicants.
    2. 1st round audition (held for successful applicants of the document screening)
      Thursday, May 30, 2019

        【Set Piece 1】
        Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5, 1st movement (without Cadenza)

        【Set Piece 2】
        Beethoven: Violin Concerto, 1st movement (without Cadenza)

        【Orchestra excerpts】

    3. 2nd round audition (held for successful applicants of the 1st round audition)
      Friday, May 31, 2019

        【Set Pieces】Same as in the 1st round audition.

        【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 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 of 1st round audition will be notified on Thursday, May 30, 2019.
    • Results of 2nd round audition will be notified on Friday, May 31, 2019.
    • Results for aptitude evaluation will be notified immediately after screening.
  • Interview

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

  • 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 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 their 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
    *Please state “Resume Enclosed” on the envelope when sending it by post.
    *For inquiries please email at:

  • PDF

    Please download the resume.PDF(PDF)