KIPhil 2022 Spring Audition

The KIPhil announces the auditions for the season 2022 for the following positions:

Principal & Sub-principal

  • 1st Violin Sub-principal
  • 2nd Violin Sub-principal
  • Viola Sub-principal
  • Cello Sub-principal
  • Flute Principal
  • Flute Sub-principal /piccolo
  • Oboe Sub-principal/Cor anglais
  • Clarinet principal
  • Clarinet Sub-principal/doubling is required
  • Bassoon principal
  • French Horn principal
  • French Horn Sub-principal
  • Trumpet principal
  • Harp


  • Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass
  • Winds & Percussion: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Percussion.

Vocal soloist

Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass

Audition time & Location

Preliminary Round – online pre-selection

Deadline: March 31, 2022

Live Audition

April 3rd, 4th and 5th of 2022

Location: No.49 West YunDuan Road, Wuhua District Kunming City, Victory Memorial Hall Museum

Application Requirements

The applicants for the orchestra position from any nationality and gender can apply for the audition, the applicants age should between 20~45 years old and must receive professional music education, having professional orchestra working experience.

The applicants for the vocal position from any nationality and gender can apply for the audition, the applicants age should between 20~45 years old and must receive professional music and vocal education, mastering of entrusted vocal parts at the appointed time and having ability to sing with orchestra, basic English communicating skill is required, having ability to sing in original language (at least two language from Italian, French, German, Russian), able to accept the challenge to singing Chinese pieces.

Audition process

Audition will including the preliminary round and live audition, two main parts.

Preliminary round deadline: 31t March 2022 (online application)

Live audition: April 3rd, 4th and 5th of 2022. The specific time and location will be notified separately by email.

Preliminary round – online pre-selection:

Applicants should submit the application form on the KIPhil website and send video recording and resume to the email [email protected] before March 31, 2022. Please title your email as “2022 audition/Applicants’ name/Instrument and position”.

Video recording should present playing level for the position which you are applying for, duration should not exist 10 mins.

Notice for Vocal applicants: the performing video could be any aria and must sing in original language.

Only the shortlist applicants will be informed by the orchestra about the specific time and location for the live audition within 10 days after received application. Orchestra will not send the notification to applicants who did not pass the preliminary round.

Live Audition

Applicants who have passed the preliminary round should prepare the following:

1. One concerto from requirement list (Only first movement exposition with cadenza,the accompanist is not required)

2. Orchestra Excerpts

(The concerto requirement and the orchestra excerpts can be download at KIPhil website )

3. Sight-reading

Notice for Vocal applicants: the shortlist applicants for the live audition, need to prepare two arias with contrasting style, tempo from different period and must sing in original language, singing á vista also will be request during the audition.

The shortlist applicants can bring their own accompanist, if applicants need the organizer provides the accompanist during the audition, must provide the accompanist score to the organizer in advance.

Salary (before tax) 

  • Principal: 13,000 RMB+
  • Sub-principal: 11,000 RMB+
  • Tutti: 9000 RMB+
  • Vocal:  9000 RMB+


  • Orchestra provide musicians monthly 1,000¥ housing allowance and 1,000¥ transportation allowance.
  • Orchestra provide new hair musicians one-way economy class air ticket to Kunming.
  • Musician will receive 12 months’ salary payment per year, with 30 days paid vacation.
  • Musician will receive local social insurance.
  • Musician who teach in the music school attached to the orchestra, will receive additional payment acceding to the number of lessons.

Notice: The final interpretation of this recruitment announcement belongs to The Kunming International Philharmonic and Kunming College Of The Arts.

Audition questions could send email to:[email protected]