Music-making is a wonderful shared experience – independent of the age and training of its players. This conviction has inspired the Philharmonie Luxembourg to initiate the new amateur orchestra, L’Orchestre de la Place de l’Europe, conducted by Benjamin Schäfer. After an audition process, its 80 members aged 18 and up will meet for weekly rehearsals and give a final concert every season in the Grand Auditorium of the Philharmonie. The programme for the 2021/22 season features Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 «From the New World».
Due to the current situation, the audition process will take place exclusively online. If you would like to be a member of the Orchestre de la Place de l’Europe:
Please film yourself (in an audition setting) playing at least one of the selected orchestral excerpts, which you can download here:
Only applications with an uploaded video and the form filled out completely will be considered.
Your data will be used by the team of the Orchestre de la Place de l’Europe only for the audition process.
The application deadline for the first season is 30.11.2021. The selection of members of the Orchestre de la Place de l’Europe will take place in December, after all videos have been screened. Successful candidates will be contacted during the course of December and invited to a first rehearsal, having received their parts. Starting in January, rehearsals will take place every Monday evening (except during school holidays).
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Get your bows, mouthpieces and mallets ready and let your love for music guide you!
Born in Saarbrücken in 1985, Benjamin Schäfer took up the position of solo timpanist and percussionist in the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg at the age of only 22. In addition, he regularly plays as a guest in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the radio orchestras of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk, the Saarländischer Rundfunk, the Dresdner Philharmonie, the Gürzenich Orchester Köln and the Staatsorchester Saarbrücken. After graduating from high school, he studied orchestral music at the Musikhochschule Trossingen with Franz Lang (SWR Symphonieorchester) and Guido Rückel (Münchner Philharmoniker). During his studies he was a timpanist in renowned youth orchestras such as the Bundesjugendorchester, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. For several years he has devoted himself intensively to conducting. He is the conductor of the brass ensemble of the Orchester Philharmonique du Luxembourg and regularly takes part in competitions and master classes, among others at Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo and Jorma Panula. In 2018 he was a semi-finalist at the 7th Jorma Panula International Conducting Competition in Finland. He is also Prizewinner of the 2nd International Conducting Competition in Bucharest, where he won the Audience Award and the Special Talent Award.