Assistant conductor 2023-24

Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Denmark

Chief Conductor: Marc Soustrot
Honorary Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Artistic Director: Jesper Nordin


is seeking:

Assistant conductor for the 23/24 season

In 2021 the ASO launched a new Assistant Conductor program. French conductor Nathanaël Iselin was the first to hold the position, and Colombian conductor Daniel Rueda Blanco followed as the current Assistant Conductor. As his contract expires, another young talent is needed to fill the position for the upcoming 23/24 season.

What is the position?

The Assistant Conductor will conduct several concerts with the orchestra in the 23/24 season, selected according to the candidate’s abilities, and is furthermore obliged to be present at a significant number of additional weeks throughout the season, to aid and assist the orchestra’s conductors in traditional assistantship tasks, such as preparing cuts, correcting bowings, taking notes, and assisting the Artistic Director with music research and development.

The Assistant Conductor is expected to contribute to the ASO’s public profile by attending network and sponsorship events, promoting the orchestra’s content on various Social Media outlets, and by submitting one or more written essays for the orchestra’s blog with subjects relevant to the orchestra’s activities.

The Assistant Conductor’s overall fee is dependent on the candidate’s availability but is comparable to industry standard. Travelling expenses are also covered by the ASO for all periods.

The position is made possible through the generous support of the Augustinus Foundation.

Who can apply?

Our focus is on conductors who have recently concluded a relevant conducting education or training, and are on the brink of a professional career, but we encourage any young, ambitious conductor to apply, regardless of gender, ethnicity, and affiliation.

Some experience conducting a professional symphony orchestra is expected.

How do I apply?

The application must include, as a minimum:

  • A Curriculum Vitae, updated
  • Functioning links to one or more good quality videos – 5 to 10 minutes in length – showing the applicant conducting a chamber orchestra or symphony orchestra
  • Recommendations and other texts (such as newspaper reviews), only when relevant and current
  • Proof of concluded or current conducting studies, if relevant

The Assistant Conductor must obtain a Danish work and residence permit if the person is not an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen. If the assisting conductor is an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen from outside Denmark an EU Residence document is needed. If the assistant conductor is a citizen of the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway or Iceland) no work and residence permit or document is necessary.


Applications will be reviewed by the Artistic Director and the orchestra’s Programming Committee, and a limited number of candidates will subsequently be invited to audition with the full orchestra.

That audition will take place on Tuesday, May 9th 2023, in Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus.

Attendance at the audition is a prerequisite for being considered for the position.

The repertoire for the audition will be selected from the standard, symphonic repertoire and from the current season of the ASO and will be announced with the summons to audition for selected candidates. Based on the audition performance and a subsequent interview process, a jury comprised of the Artistic Director, one or more invited guest conductors, and the orchestra’s Programming Committee will select which candidate will be offered the position.

Local orchestra managers and agencies will be invited to attend the audition, as spectators only and without any influence on the orchestra’s choice of candidate.

🛑 Applications must be submitted via the application form below – no later than March 27th, 2023


Any question about the position, application or hiring process can be sent directly to Artistic Director Jesper Nordin at

Artistic Director
Jesper Nordin
Aarhus Symfoniorkester
Musikhuset Aarhus,
Skovgaardsgade 2C
8000 Aarhus C

About the orchestra

Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (Aarhus Symfoniorkester) was founded in 1935 and resides in the award-winning Symphonic Hall at Musikhuset Aarhus in Aarhus, Denmark. The hall was built for the orchestra and inaugurated in 2007. The orchestra is one of Denmark’s five regional orchestras, and the largest orchestra outside of Copenhagen.

The orchestra is currently led by chief conductor Marc Soustrot, with the legendary Leif Segerstam as Honorary Conductor.

Aarhus Symphony Orchestra attracts a large and diverse audience through weekly subscription concerts, family concerts, chamber concerts and large-scale collaborative concerts with festivals and concert halls throughout Denmark. In addition, the Orchestra maintains a permanent cooperation with the Danish National Opera (Den Jyske Opera) and has recorded a substantial amount of both Danish contemporary works and standard classical repertoire on CD.

Deeply invested in the community surrounding it, the Orchestra performs social outreach concerts and arranges free school concerts, playing for more than 15.000 children annually.

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