Viola da Gamba / Violone

Post graduate
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With a high practical orientation and extensive theoretical background knowledge of early music and the instrument, students receive versatile instruction that covers a wide range of professional aspects, historically informed perspectives, and performance practice of the viola da gamba / violone. Applied studies on historical instruments, music history and music theory are also part of the course.

Department of Early Music
+43 676 88122 482

Study & Examination Management
+43 676 88122 492

Length of study
2 semesters / 20 ECTS-AP


Registration deadline
from February each year 
to the dates

Admission examinations
summer semester each year
to the dates


General information

Admission to a Postgraduate University Course (PGL) requires the closure of a subject-related master's or diploma degree at a recognized Austrian or foreign postsecondary educational institution in the respective central artistic subject. Admission with a pedagogical degree such as teaching or instrumental & vocal pedagogy is NOT possible.

A prerequisite for admission to a university course is also the successful completion of the admission examination. For this, an online registration is required first, during which the necessary documents are checked. An invitation to the admission examination will only be issued after the completely submitted documents have been checked.

ATTENTION: The examination of the documents of the preliminary studies can take up to 4 weeks! Early registration is therefore recommended.

Required documents for online registration

  • Bachelor certificate and Master certificate or final certificate of an equivalent study program, if the study program has already been completed
  • Current confirmation of enrollment, if the study program has not yet been completed (the transcript must be submitted by the time of enrollment!)
  • Overview of subjects and grades of the BA and MA studies (Transcript of Records)
  • Official confirmation of the main subject/instrument, if this is not evident from the other documents (e.g. "Bachelor of Music" is not sufficient!)

Form of documents

  • The documents can be uploaded as PDF in the registration form.
  • If the documents mentioned are not available in German or English, an official translation.

Admission Examination

If you have received an invitation to the admission examination, you must perform an instrumental audition on site to determine your artistic aptitude.

The program presented must include representative pieces from several styles or periods for the respective instrument, taking into account the technical and stylistic diversity. 

The following works are to be prepared:

  • a A suite from Forqueray, Pièces de viole, 1747 or a sonata from the manuscript ms. F-Pn Vm7 6297 (Bibliothèque Nationale de France)
  • a sonata for viola da gamba by C.P.E. Bach or J. Gottlieb Graun
  • a virtuoso division or diminution of the 17th century in consultation with the ZKF instructor
  • a trio in which the viola da gamba has a representative function (Telemann, Leclair, Quentin, Buxtehude, Schmelzer etc.) or a baryton trio by Haydn, Lidl or Tammasini or a concerto for viola da gamba and orchestra by J. Gottlieb Graun with its own cadenza
  • a transcription of a representative violin work (e.g. sonatas by Veracini, Vivaldi, Bach Ciaccona etc.) or an improvisation "on a ground" or a modern work (20th/21st century) for viola da gamba or an own composition (at least 10 minutes)

Dates & time schedule

The dates of the entrance exam as well as important deadlines can be found in the current schedule booklet

  • Examination registration during the application period online via the registration portal for study applicants
    (ATTENTION: Registration only possible if documents are complete!)
  • If documents are positively examined: Invitation to the admission examination on site
  • Participation in the admission examination on site in May/June
  • If admission examination is passed: Invitation to enroll in the course
  • Enrollment during the general admission period

Deviating examination method

Please note that the University Mozarteum Salzburg offers various support options for the admission examination and during studies if you have a disability or a chronic illness.

If this applies to you and you would like to take advantage of counseling, please contact Claudia Haitzmann: or +43 676 88122 337.

A course fee and the ÖH fee must be paid per semester for participation in the university course.

Information on the current level of fees can be found HERE.

The course basically includes 2 semester hours per week of instruction in the central artistic subject. In addition, electives and free electives can be taken. Performance opportunities at university concerts and events inside and outside Salzburg are part of the course.

The duration of the course is 2 semesters. With the approval of the teacher in the central artistic subject and the vice rector for teaching, it is possible to extend the course by one or two semesters.

Link to semester schedule

The final examination consists of the positive completion of the courses from the Central Artistic Subject. A certificate of completion can be issued upon request.

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