Vacancy principal trumpet


Intendant Aviel Cahn
Principal Guest Conductor Alexander Joel

Opera Vlaanderen and the Royal Ballet Flanders, together Kunsthuis, make up the largest cultural institution in Flanders. They bring the great classic opera and ballet repertoire as well as new high quality creations by some of the world’s leading artists to the widest possible audience. All the opera and ballet performances take place at the company’s home theatres in Antwerp and Ghent. Principal Guest Conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of Opera Vlaanderen is maestro Alexander Joel.

Opera Vlaanderen is offering the following position Principal TRUMPET (leader) and piccolo trumpet obligation.

Job description

Together with the chorus and ballet, the Symphonic Orchestra of Opera Vlaanderen is one of three artistic ensembles at Kunsthuis. The orchestra plays in the company’s own opera and ballet productions. In addition it performs several symphonic concerts every season. As a performing musician you will rehearse and perform in the productions in accordance with the programme. You will be under the direct supervision of the conductor. Administratively, you report to the manager of the music department.


Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • You have trained as a professional trumpet player (Conservatoire Master standard);
  • your technique is outstanding;
  • excellent solo and orchestral playing;
  • you have strong leadership qualities: you manage the section of trumpets (including substitute and extra musicians), you coach and motivate the musicians of your section;
  • you are first point of contact and represent your section for the artistic board;
  • you have an excellent sight-reading;
  • you are familiar with both the opera and concert repertoires;
  • you are a team-player and feel comfortable in an orchestra;
  • you have a positive, inquiring and flexible attitude;
  • you have basic knowledge of Dutch or are willing to learn.

We offer

  • A full-time, permanent contract (starting at the beginning of the season 2018-19) in a six-day workweek;
  • a flexible schedule including weekends and evenings;
  • a competitive salary within the sector, luncheon vouchers, reimbursement of public transport expenses and incentive payments for bicycle commute;
  • an international and artistic work environment.


Via the application form below, before the 20th of February 2018.


The audition takes place in Opera GHENT, on Thursday, the 5th of April 2018.

The programme consists of:

First round

  • Haydn Concerto E flat Major: first movement without cadenza on Bes trumpet (no rotary trumpet);
  • 1 or 2 orchestral excerpts (to be downloaded from the 15th March 2018 on)

Second round

  • Légende (Georges Enesco);
  • Weihnachts-Oratorium No. 8 Aria (Bach): piccolo trumpet

Third round

  • Orchestral excerpts (to be downloaded from the 15th March 2018 on).

After a first selection round on the basis of the cover letters, the candidates will receive an answer by 20th January 2018 at the earliest.
After a positive evaluation you will receive more information and details concerning the further course of the audition.

Kunsthuis strives to promote equal opportunities. Skills are more important than age, gender, ethnicity or nationality.

Application form

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