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US Chamber 2020

8th – 12th of January 2020.

Application from 28th of August online at Fluidreview.

Application deadline 15th of October 2019

Artistic content

The Norwegian National Youth Orchestras winter course will from year 2020 change into two yearly chamber orchestra courses. This is a new and exceptional offer where the focus will be on learning and experience chamber musical interactions instructed by great international musicians who alternates between the roles of soloist and orchestra leader. The course will set high demands on mental and physical presence through offensive playing and thus contribute to a holistic and unified sound. The goal is to refine and enhance chamber musical initiative and mindset.

It is desired that participants of the chamber orchestra will form a strengthened core of the symphony orchestra of the Summer course, with higher degree of responsibilities and as sectional leaders. With an established chamber orchestra as foundation, the symphony orchestra will be lifted artistically and socially.


The orchestra will consist of 35-40 musicians, and the instrumentation will depend on the repertoire. For the first course this will be the instrumentation:

2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 timpani
12 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 basses

Soloist and orchestral leader: Guy Braunstein

Beethoven violin concerto
Mendelssohn symphony nr. 3 “Scottish”


About the course

Ever since its beginning in 1973, the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra has arranged an intense summer course in Elverum in Norway. The orchestra want to become more visible in Norway and the chamber orchestra will therefore be an ambulatory course and have varying locations, preferably in the bigger cities. The ambition is to arrange one course in the spring and one in the fall additionally to the Summer Course.


Launch concert

Launch concerts in Elverum Saturday 11th of January
Concert in Oslo Sunday 12th of January

In view of the strong connection between the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra and Elverum, the first course and launch will be held in Elverum as a replacement to the annual new years concert.


The course is free of charge

The course, including accommodation and meals at Hotel Scandic Sentral, is free of charge. Students travelling to or from the course at different times than the scheduled buses must organize the travel themselves. See more info under Travel Refund. Please note that breach of contract may result in the applicant being held responsible for the costs resulting from this (see section on leave).



There will be a bus transport from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo on Wednesday 8th of January 2020. The bus will also make a stop at Gardermoen Airport. If you want to go to Elverum by yourself, the station is called Elverum Skysstasjon. There are two bus routes: and By train, use


Travel refund

There will be a deductible fee for travel at 600 NOK. We cover costs between 600 and 2000 NOK, in other words 1400 NOK. The reimbursement will be paid during the course, not earlier. You have to fill out the Travel refund form, which you can find in Fluid and attach all your tickets and receipts. We do not accept form and receipts by email, everything must be printed out and delivered to us at the course. Unfortunately, we cannot assist you in printing out tickets. The deadline for submitting Travel refund form is the day after arrival. You will not receive reimbursement if you submit the form past deadline. It is assumed that the trip is either from a study or home location and that the travel time is related to the course period.


ECTS credit

It will not be grated ECTS credits for this course.



The participant has is required to have their own health-, travel-, and instrument insurance. The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra will only insurance the instruments owed by the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo



Leave is only granted by application in writing to the administration of Ungdomssymfonikerne. Applicants who pull out after signing the contract, can be held responsible for the costs resulting from this, depending on cause of breach of contract. In case of illness, you need to provide a sick note from a doctor.



No audition is required for this first course. Application must be filled out in FluidReview. In addition to practical information we need you to upload:

  • Short CV (age, education, teacher, professional experience, orchestral experience, chamber musicaly experience)
  • Recommendation form teachers (from current studies etc.)
  • Motivational letter
    • Why do you wish to attend the course?
    • What can you contribute to the course?
    • What do you wish to achieve by attending the course?

(The necessary information about the content, is to be found in the form in Fluidreview)

It is an advantage to be a former participant in the orchestra, but other applicants are welcome. For future chamber orchestra courses the audition for the Summer course will be the basis for admission in addition to assessment of efforts during the Summer course, motivational letter and recommendation letters.

Jury: Elise Båtnes, Louisa Tuck, Ole Kristian Dahl, Leif Arne Pedersen, Ingemar Roos, Tom Vissgren og Johannes Gustavsson.

The decision is made on the basis of a joint jury decision.


About the musical leader of the course:

Violinist Guy Braunstein was born in Tel Aviv and studied under the guidance of Chaim Taub and later in New York with Glenn Dicterow and Pinchas Zuckerman.

He started performing as an international soloist and a chamber musician at a young age and has since performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors.  His chamber music collaborations have included projects with Issac Stern, András Schiff, Zubin Mehta, Maurizio Pollini, Yefim Bronfman, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Uchida and Angelika Kirschlager to name a few.

He was the youngest person ever to be appointed concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2000, a position he held for twelve years before leaving to pursue his solo career.

Recent highlights include the position of Artist-in-Residence with the Trondheim Symphoniker for the 17/18 season which showcased Guy’s multi-faceted musicianship with projects as both conductor and soloist. Further highlights include concerto debuts with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino & the Tampere Philharmonia. Recent conducting highlights include debuts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as well as returns to the Pierre Boulez saal for recital performances at the Elbphilharmonie with the Hamburger Symphoniker, where he holds the position of Associate Artist. Highlights in 18/19 include return concerts as both soloist and conductor with the Trondheim Symphoniker and Hamburger Symphoniker as well as a concerto debut with the Ulster Orchestra. Guy will also debut with the Israel Chamber Orchestra as both soloist and conductor in the same concert.

Guy plays a rare violin made by Francesco Roggieri in 1679.