In 2020 Youth Orchestra Flanders has again two challenging orchestra projects on the programme.

In March, Elim Chan, chief-conductor at the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra takes the lead of the orchestra. Youth Orchestra Flanders plays Dvorak and Bruch in Flagey and Concertgebouw Brugge.

At the end of June, Youth Orchestra Flanders start rehearsal for a double bill Ravel (L’heure espagnole and Shéhérazade) in co-production with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen. Music director will be Alejo Pérez. Tom Goossens is stage director for the opera L’heure espagnole and Haider Al Tamimi creates a new choreography for Shéhérazade.

To complete the orchestra for both projects, Youth Orchestra Flanders has a few vacancies to fill : string sections, 1st flute/picc, 1st clarinet and brass players (horn, trombone, tuba).

String auditions (violins, violas, celli and double basses)
Friday November 8 | 15h-18h | Muziekstudio Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (Carnotstraat 10, Antwerpen)
Sunday November 10 | 9h-17h | Witte Zaal, Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen (Desguinlei 25, Antwerpen)

Winds (1st flute/picc, 1st clarinet, brass players)
Thu November 7 | 15h-18h | Muziekstudio Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (Carnotstraat 10, Antwerpen)
Tue November 12 | 9h-17h | Orkestzaal Opera Gent (Schouwburgstraat 3, Gent)

For all instruments the audition programme consists of a set of orchestral excerpts selected by the coaches of Youth Orchestra Flanders. Upon registration the candidate can download the respective programme once an instrument has been selected in the menu (tab ‘Instrument). Here you find the overview of orchestral excerpts per instrument.

Selected musicians will participate in the two orchestra projects of 2020.

Register here for the auditions before November 3rd.


ouverture, to be confirmed
Max Bruch, Violin concerto, Op. 26 G-minor (24’)
Antonin Dvorak, Symphony N°8, Op. 88 G-major (34’)

Elim Chan, conductor
Sylvia Huang, violin

Mon. March 23  to Fri. March 27, 2020 | Vormingscentrum Oost-Malle (day time & evenings)

Sat. March 28, 2020 – 20:15 | Flagey, Brussels
Sun. March 29, 2020 – 16:00 | Concertgebouw Brugge

Musicians organize their own transport to the rehearsal and concert locations.


Programme : double bill Ravel
L’heure espagnole

Alejo Pérez, conductor
Tom Goossens, stage director L’heure espagnole
Haider Al Tamimi, choreography Shéhérazade

Mon. June 29 to Thu. July 9, 2020 | Filharmonisch Huis, Antwerp + Opera Ghent (day time & evenings)

Fri. July 10, 2020 | Opera Ghent
Sat. July 11, 2020 | Opera Ghent

Musicians organize their own transport to the rehearsal and concert locations.

In 2020, musicians from the Brussels Philharmonic, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen will be selecting and coaching the musicians of Youth Orchestra Flanders.
The coaches are Eric Baeten, Sander Geerts, Marc Vossen, Uxia Martinez, Nele Delafonteyne, Arie van der Beek, Steven Verhaert, Eliz Erkalp, Bernd Van Echelpoel, Anastasia Goldberg and Eline Groslot.

Registration criteria
Youth Orchestra Flanders has set itself the goal of facilitating the connection between the educational world and the professional field. The auditions are meant for students of the Belgian conservatories (regardless of their nationality or level). Talented Belgian musicians who are studying elsewhere (e.g. abroad) are also welcome to the (live) auditions (age range: 15-26 years (incl.)).

The evaluation will be carried out by the coaches of Youth Orchestra Flanders. If the student will be receiving academic credit for participating in the project, these credits will be granted by the conservatory based on the individual evaluation form that is provided by the coordinators of Youth Orchestra Flanders to the direction of the conservatory in question. For credits students should apply independently at their institution of education and preferably inform the orchestra’s coordinator.

Contact : Ellen De Bin,, +32 486 696 791