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Double Bass Audition Training Program

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra double bassist Nicholas Schwartz hosts a post graduate audition training course at the Davidsbündler Academy.


Education, Guidance & Experience

Each class includes 1h of one-on-one training each month. The program includes:

  • Preparation orchestral excerpts

  • Concertos

  • Mock audition practice

The year long program includes 10 group workshops, planned at the availability of all students and professor. 

Workshops take place at the Davidsbündler Academy:

Laan van Meerdervoort 215

1075VS, The Hague

The Netherlands

About Nicholas

As a double bassist, Nicholas has long distinguished himself as one of the best of his generation. He is a laureate of multiple international competitions, including being the youngest winner ever of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition and commission prize. He was also the first double bassist to win the Stulberg International String Competition (in a unanimous vote) and its Bach Festival Society Award in its 43 year history. With renowned pianist, Anna Fedorova he has formed the “Oyster Duo” performing on both the double bass and cello. 


In 2013, Nicholas became a tenured bassist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, widely known as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. He formerly played with the Berlin Philharmonic as a Karajan Academist, and in the USA with the Boston Symphony and Pops orchestras. His own teachers include Matthew McDonald and Edwin Barker. From 2010-2016 he was a member of the Verbier Festival and Chamber Orchestra.


    In addition to his numerous concert performances, Nicholas enjoys teaching privately and giving master classes. He is a mentor in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Academy program and a guest professor at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He is also an award winning jazz bassist, sharing the stage with distinguished artists such as Mark O'Connor and Russell Malone and Clark Terry.



Students over 21 are subject to 21% VAT (€199,50)


Please complete the form to apply. 

Deadline: June 1st, 2024

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