Violin admission requirements for BA studies

Admission requirements are the same for in person and online applicants unless indicated otherwise.

Main subject

  • 2 movements of different characters and tempo by J. S. Bach, from Partitas or solo sonatas (the double movements are also to be performed in case of Partita in B minor)
  • 1 outer movement of a violin concerto selected by the candidate (the 1st movement in case of Mozart violin concertos)
  • One etude: to be chosen from the two previously selected options
    Selected etudes to choose from in 2024:
    1. Rode: Etude No. 6 from 24 Caprices
    2. OR
    3. Gaviniès: Etude No. 16 from 24 Matinées
Pieces are to be played from memory.
For online applcants only: the full audition programme must be recorded in one take, no cutting is allowed.



General requirements: in-depth understanding of the theory of classical harmony (diatonic triads and seventh-chords, their inversions; double dominant; sharpened subdominants with diminished seventh [#IIo7, #IVo7] and their inversions), knowledge of simple and complex forms (incl. compound ternary form [Trio form]).
Written examination:
1.) Dictation of a four-part harmonic progression (max. 15 chords), notation of all parts; indication of the harmonic progression with figures above or below the bass line (figured bass) or with Roman and Arabic numerals. (Played 6 times.)
2.) Writing out, in close voicing, of two four-part harmonic progressions (max. 11 chords) from Roman and Arabic numberals.
3.) Dictation of a Baroque imitative polyphonic excerpt (max. 8 bars, 4/4 time signature, generally moving in quavers; played 10 times).
4.) Dictation of a sequence including ten triads and seventh-chords (and their inversions) built on common bass note. The chords should also be named. (Played 3 times.)
5.) Indication of the parts of simple and compound binary and ternary forms of a musical excerpt given on the spot. Indication of proper keys, modulations, cadences and functions are also needed.
Oral examination:
1.) Playing (on the keyboard) of four-part harmonic progressions in close voicing (max. 11 chords) with appropriate voice-leading (after dictation).
2.) Sight-singing of the vocal part of a German romantic song – selected first of all from the works of Schubert, Schumann and Brahms (max. 12 bars).


  • J. S. Bach: a short prelude of higher difficulty level or a two-part invention.
  • A movement from a classical sonata, or a sonatina movement of the same difficulty level.
  • Bartók: one piece from "Microcosmos III" or from "For Children II".
  • A solo piece of the above difficulty level.



  • Informal conversation about the folk music of the candidate's country.