Piano/Organ

Audition for Orchestral Piano/Organ

Notes: This audition is not for Piano Concerto Competition but for orchestral piano/organ which means a piano or organ instrument is one of the orchestral instruments such as violin, flute, trumpet, timpani etc. Some of the repertoires may include a piano or organ in instrumentation/orchestration, and vice versa.

Scale, Arpeggio, & Chromatic: Play the three, four or maximum-octave scale, arpeggio, & chromatic (HT) as fast as possible to demonstrate fluency in the key in which your solo audition piece is written before you perform it. If it is written in the minor key, play the melodic minor. To play the relative major or harmonic minor is optional. If your solo piece is atonal or non-traditional, play F-sharp major or E-flat melodic minor scale.

To watch an example video, click video 1 video 2 video 3

FAQ: Is there a specific reason why the suggested repertoire for the piano/organ audition is all concertos? 

A: Concerto is one of the great musical forms in which orchestral students can experience/express group playing and harmony (Italian, from concertare ‘harmonize’). To perform a concerto is strongly recommended not only for piano/organ students but also other orchestral instrumental students as you can see their syllabus on our website.

PianoPlaying Level 9 – 12 Suggested Repertoire
J.C. BachPiano Concerto, Op.13, No. 4 or  No. 2
J. S. BachClavier Concerti:
No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052
No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1053
No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1054
No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055
No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056
No. 7 in G Minor, BWV 1057
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050
C.P.E. BachConcerto in E-flat for Fortepiano, Harpsichord, and Orchestra
Ludwig van BeethovenPiano Concerti:
No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 “Emperor”
Johannes BrahmsConcerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83
Frederic ChopinConcerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22
A. GlazunovPiano Concerto No. 2 in B Major, Op. 100
Edvard GriegConcerto in A Minor, Op. 16
Franz
Joseph
Haydn
Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob. XVIII/11
Piano Concerto in G, Hob. XVIII/4
Piano Concerto in F, Hob. XVIII/3
Piano Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIII:1
Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. VIII:XI
Franz LisztConcerto No. 2  in A Major
Felix MendelssohnPiano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 16
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Minor, Op. Posth.
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartNo. 1 in F Major, K. 37
No. 3 in D Major, K. 40
Piano Concertos K. 107 based on sonatas by J.C. Bach
No. 5 in D Major, K. 175
No. 6 in B-flat, K. 238
No. 7 for Three Pianos in F, K. 242 “Lodron”
No. 8 in C, K. 246
No. 9 in E-flat, K. 271 “Jeunehomme”
No. 10 for Two Pianos in E-flat, K. 365
No. 11 in F, K. 413
No. 12 in A, K. 414
No. 14 in E-flat, K. 449
No. 15 in B-flat, K. 450
No. 16 in D , K. 451
No. 17 in G, K. 453
No. 18 in B-flat, K. 456
No. 19 in F, K. 459
No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
No. 21 in C, K. 467
No. 22 in E-flat, K. 482
No. 23 in A, K. 488
No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491
No. 25 in C, K. 503
No. 26 in D, K. 537 “Coronation”
No. 27 in B-flat, K. 595
Francis PoulencConcerto for Piano and Orchestra (1949)
Sergei ProkofievConcerto No. 1 in D-flat, Op. 10
Sergei RachmaninovConcerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 1
Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43
Camille Saint-SaensNo. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22
No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 44
No. 5 in F Major, Op. 103 “Egyptian”
Robert SchumannConcerto in A Minor, Op. 54
Introduction and Allegro Appassionato in G, Op. 92
Dimitry ShostakovichConcerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102
Igor StravinskyConcerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
Peter TchaikovskyConcerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
Note: Play one fast movement only
OrganTeachers may choose any other organ concertos of comparable skill level.
Play one fast movement only