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Leader (Concertmaster) 50% 

Career stage: Senior

Principal Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev


The vision of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is to be a world class orchestra that nurtures exceptional music making for all. It is our view that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in, create and enjoy music and music-making, helping individuals and communities everywhere to thrive.

The SCO is seeking an outstanding candidate to fill the shared position of Leader (Concertmaster), for approximately 50% of the Orchestra’s playing schedule. This role as a permanent performing member of the SCO offers flexibility in workload, which can be negotiated by the post-holder. Alongside leading commitments there will be directing, solo and chamber opportunities.

There will be two rounds of auditions:

  • The first round will be an open call for digital submissions
  • The second round will consist of a live audition, to be held in Edinburgh (dates TBC).

Full details of the audition process can be found in the Audition Procedure and Requirements document via Musical Chairs. Also included at Musical Chairs is the Information for Candidates document where you can find further details about the Orchestra and the Leader position.

It is the responsibility of individual candidates to ensure that they have the correct valid documentation including the right to work in the UK, in the form of a work permit/ visa, if applicable, for the duration of any paid UK engagement with the orchestra. Further information about the UK’s current visa requirements (and possible costs) can be found at

The SCO is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to finding the best candidate for this position.  We aim to create an open and level recruitment process for all applicants, accessible and welcoming to all the diverse communities and partners we engage with. Applicants will receive equal treatment irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, marital status, disability or pregnancy/maternity.

Please apply and submit your first round recording through Musical Chairs by Monday 8 January. 

Please note that CVs will not be accepted; all information should be included in the application portfolio via Musical Chairs.

For further information please contact the SCO at

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Ensemble, Musician, Orchestra, Performing
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Mon 8 Jan, 2024

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