Auditions - About TMSO

As of September 13, 2021

Cello (Tutti) 1 (one) person

  • Qualification
    • Anyone who has the ability to be a player of a professional orchestra, regardless of age and nationality.
  • Application

    Deadline: Resume and a Letter of Recommendation (please refer to "Screening" below for details) must be received no later than 5:00pm Friday, December 10, 2021 either by post or brought in person to the TMSO management office.
    *The resume will be used solely for the purpose of the audition and will not be returned.

  • Screening

    ① Document Screening

    Please use the specified resume format. Resume should include name of teachers, musical experiences and ID photo.
    Download the resume form here.
    *Letter of recommendation (needed only for applicants who are students)

    ★Results for the document screening will be sent off on Friday, December 24, 2021.
     Notification for 1st round audition schedule and orchestra excerpts will be mailed to successful applicants of the document screening.

    ② 1st round audition (held for successful applicants of the document screening)
    Wednesday, February 2 or Thursday, February 3,2022.
    In case there are many applicants, the audition will be held over 2 days. (Either of the above dates will be informed when sending the results for the document screening to the successful applicants)

    【Set Pieces】

    1. (For all applicants)
    Haydn: Cello Concerto No.2 in D major, Hob.VIIb-2, op.101
    1st movement with Cadenza of the applicant's choice. / Edition is not specified

    2. Choose one of the following two pieces
    Beethoven: Cello Sonata No.3 in A major, op.69, 1st movement
    Brahms: Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor, op.38, 1st movement

    【Orchestra Excerpts】 several excerpts

    ③ 2nd round audition (held for successful applicants of the 1st round audition)
    Tuesday, February 22, 2022

    【Set Pieces】 Same as 1st round audition.

    【Orchestra Excerpts】 several 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 Venues

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

  • Notification for Results
    • Results for 1st round audition will be notified on Thursday, February 3, 2022.
    • Results for 2nd round audition will be notified on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
    • 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 engage his/her own accompanist for the 1st Round Audition and 2nd Round Audition. For applicants who have difficulties engaging his/her accompanist due to coming from abroad or outside of Tokyo, TMSO will arrange an accompanist.
      In such case, please state in the accompanist column of the resume.
    • International flights, local transportation, accommodation are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Mailing address and inquiries

    Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
    Att. Cello (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:

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