The Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra (PCYO) for talented young musicians

The PCYO is open for musicians who are between 18 and 28 years of age and born in one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Turkey, Ukraine.

Application, participation and all costs (travel, accommodation, meals) will be paid by Tsinandali Festival.



The Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra was created in 2019, it is a full symphony orchestra led by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda. The orchestra has been resident at the Tsinandali Festival in Georgia from its first edition in September 2019.

You can apply if you are between 18 and 28 years old, with some experience in orchestra playing and born in Georgia or one of the other countries of the region. If you are selected, you will be invited to perform during 4 weeks in an intense orchestra training program.

If you are selected, you will be invited to perform during 5 weeks in an intense orchestra training program.

Georgia is an exciting country full of beauty and culture. The Tsinandali Estate, situated in the magnificent Kakheti Region, has now been developed into a Cultural Center with two concert halls, museum, hotels and restaurants, all in the midst of a big beautiful park.

Every year, in September, the Tsinandali Estate holds the Tsinandali Festival, with two concerts per day, many international artists and the resident Pan Caucasian Youth Orchestra.


For all instruments except timpani and percussion:

2 pieces of your choice (or movements of pieces) of different character and period, for a total of about 10 minutes.
Orchestral excerpts, scores available to Download here


For violin, viola and cello: one of 2 pieces has to be a movement from a Bach solo work.

For woodwind instruments, it is possible to play 1 of the pieces on an additional instrument (Piccolo, English Horn, Eb clarinet, Bass clarinet, Contrabassoon).

For timpani and percussion, you will be asked to play some of the following program, scores available to download:


Beethoven: 9th Symphony – 1st mvt., 19th measure after R to the end;
Tchaikovsky: 4th Symphony – 1st mvt., begin 2 measures before T to the third measure before U;
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, last page, 189 to the end.

Snare Drum:

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol – Alborada, beginning to H – Scena e Canto Gitano, long roll plus 10 measures; Sheherazade – 3rd mvt., D to E – 4th mvt., P to R;
Prokofiev: Lt Kije, Opening 1 to 2.


Shostakovich: Polka from The Golden Age – No. 3, 45 to 46 (the first solo entrance only);
Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon, 9 to 12.


Dvorak: Carnival Overture, beginning to C.

Mallet Solo on Marimba:

1 piece of your choice

List of Excerpts


Brahms: Symphony no. 4, 1st mvt., bar 392 to end

Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, bar 17 to 99

Strauss: Don Juan, bar 1 to 62


Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, 4th mvt., bar 42 to 50

Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, letter C to D

Mozart: Haffner Symphony, 4th mvt., bar 1 to 30


Rossini: Wilhelm Tell Overture, solo, bar 1 to 34

Schubert: Symphony no. 9, Scherzo, first 5 lines

Strauss: Don Juan, letter A to 10 bars after B

Double Bass

Beethoven: Symphony no. 5, 3rd mvt., bar 1 to 61 and 141 to 177

Mahler: Symphony no. 2, 1st mvt., bar 1 to 20

Mozart: Symphony no. 35, 1st mvt., bar 13 to 41


Beethoven: Leonore Overture #3, bar 328 to 360

Brahms: Symphony no. 4, 4th mvt., bar 97 to 105

Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, 2 bars before letter P to end

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe Suite #2, from reh. no. 176 to 2 bars after 179


Brahms:  Violin Concerto, 2nd mvt., bar 3 to 32

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin, Prélude, beginning to reh. no. 2 and 8 to 9

Rossini: La Scala di Seta Overture, opening solo until reh. no. 3


Beethoven: Symphony no. 6, 2nd mvt., bar 68 to 77

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, 3rd mvt., solo, bar 119 to 131

Mendelssohn: Midsummer Nights’ Dream, Scherzo


Mozart: Nozze di Figaro overture, bar 139 to 171

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps, beginning to 3 bars after reh. no. 3

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 6, 1st mvt., bar 1 to 12


Beethoven: Symphony no. 9, 3rd mvt., 4th Horn, bar 82 to 100

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, 1st Horn, beginning until reh. no. 1

and reh. no. 29 to 30

Wagner: Siegfried, long call


Mahler: Symphony no. 5, opening to reh. no. 2

Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, opening to reh. no. 2

Stravinsky: Petrouchka, ballerina’s dance, reh. no. 69 to 70


Rossini: La Gazza Ladra, overture, letter C, F & I

Ravel: Bolero, solo, 3 bars after reh. no. 10

Schumann: Symphony no. 3, IV mvt., opening (optional alto trombone)

Bass Trombone

Berlioz: Marche Hongroise, reh. no. 4 to 5

Schumann: Symphony no. 3, IV mvt., opening

Wagner: Die Walküre, trombone call (4th trombone)


Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, 4th mvt., reh. no. 56 to 6 bars after 57 (1st Tuba)

Mahler: Symphony no. 1, 3rd mvt., solo, 4 bars before reh. no. 3 to 4

Wagner: Die Walküre, tuba call


Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, 2nd mvt., 1st harp, bar 5 to 66 and 191 to 206

Prokofiev: Symphony no. 5, 2nd mvt., reh. no. 40 to 42

Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker, Valse des Fleurs, Solo


The PCYO is the leading training orchestra for talented young musicians of the following countries: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Ukraine.

The orchestra performs the major repertoire for large symphony orchestra with world class conductors and soloists.

In 2022, the total period of participation in the orchestra will be 4 weeks (Aug/Sept 2022 – see schedule below).

In the first two weeks there will be lessons and rehearsals with principal musicians of world leading professional orchestras.

In the following two weeks there will be rehearsals and four concerts during Tsinandali Festival 2022.

In 2022, live auditions will be held in Tbilisi on May 24 on 25. After that, online auditions will be held upon invitation. For both, you can 


PCYO Schedule 2022

16 Aug: Arrival in Tsinandali

17 Aug: Seating auditions

17 – 1 Sept: Coaching and rehearsal period

2 – 11 Sept: rehearsals and 4 concerts with conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Pablo Heras-Casado, Vasily Petrenko and world-famous soloists (check detailed program here)

12 Sept: Departure

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