Application requirements

Age limits

12 – 24 years (strings)

16 – 24 years (piano)



It is required of every candidate to possess some ability in either German or English.



A complete application consists of:

  1. The application form (PDF)
  2. a recent photo
  3.  Audition (YouTube link only)
  4.  Bank receipt for the payment of the application fee CHF 80 / CHF 100

Application Form
The application form must be filled out in full and sent to the Director by email (PDF, no scans or JPGs).  Please try to include everything in ONE email.


Auditions (no mandatory pieces)
Strings:  2 pieces of choice

Piano:    2 pieces of choice

Only Youtube recordings with direct link will be accepted.  The audition material must be sent at the same time as the application, not afterwards.


Pieces of choice

Strings:  from one's current repertoire

Piano:    solo pieces, no accompaniments or sonatas with other   



Closing date for application/Application fee

There are two closing dates for application:

  • February 28: all parts of the application including the audition link and the application fee of CHF 80
  • March 15:  all parts of the application including the audition link and the application fee of CHF 100

It is advisable to send the application as early as possible and to profit from the lower application fee. The application fee must be sent at the same time and will not be refunded whether the candidate is accepted or not.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  



Procedure for selection of candidates and notification of acceptance

Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance  shortly after May 1st by email.  Applicants must be available by email and must check their emails regularly, especially between March 15th and 20th.


Directly following notification of acceptance, applicants MUST confirm their participation within 24 hours by email, otherwise they risk their invitation.


Applicants are accepted for the entire two weeks only.



It goes without saying that accepted applicants will definitely participate in Astona.  In the case of a cancellation, fees will be refunded based on the reasons for as well as the time of cancellation.  


Application fee

CHF  80 / CHF 100


Candidates whose application reaches the director before February 28 pay an application fee of CHF 80.


For applications between March 1 and March 15, the application fee is CHF 100. Early applications are encouraged.  


The application fee will not be returned even if the candidate is not accepted.


The application fee must be paid even if the candidate is applying for a scholarship. 


Applications without payment of the application fee will not be considered.  The application fee is non-refundable, no matter whether the candidate is accepted or not. 


Course fee
CHF 1'450


The full cost of the course is CHF 2'100Students pay only a part  of the costs for room and board at the Zentrum Sonnenberg, 


The cost of the tuition is covered by Astona, financed by generous contributions from sponsors.  The tuition covers the entire curriculum:  private instruction, private instruction and performance preparation for the house concerts and possible public performances, chamber music coaching und orchestra.


Travel expenses, pocket money  and health insurance

must be assumed by the students .



Scholarships are very limited and are awarded only to students who are truly dependent upon them.  The student must submit a request for the scholarship form to the director prior to sending the application.  This form must be filled out in full and included with the application materials.  The awarding of scholarships will be decided at the time the applications are processed.  An applications for scholarship AFTER being notified of acceptance will not be considered.


The payment of the course fee must arrive in the Astona account by latest June 15th.


Payment method / Account information

The application and the course fees must be remitted by bank transfer to the Astona account:  


Credit Suisse AG 8070 Zurich, Switzerland
Clearing-No. 4835 / BIC CRESCHZZ80A
Holder of account: Verein Astona, 6317 Oberwil,Switzerland
IBAN: CH06 0483 5142 1468 5000 0

Please note:  All bank fees must be assumed by the applicant.  Please be sure to arrange this with the bank. Checks will not be accepted.   


Closing dates for payments

Application fee:     with the application

Course fee:               by latest May 15, 2023


Curriculum / Daily schedule

Those wishing to audit the course may do so for a flat fee of CHF 80 per day or CHF 400 per week.


Auditors will be provided with the daily schedule and the concert calendar.


Practise rooms, pianos and lessons with Astona faculty-members are not available to auditors.


Meals and accommodations for auditors are off-campus, and it is up to the auditor to arrange them.


The number of auditors will be limited. Auditors must register with the director by email by latest June 1st and pay their fee by latest  July 1st. .We ares sorry we cannot provide the possibility of external Online- auditors.


Important Deadlines

February 28,  2023

First Closing Date for Application.(application fee CHF 80)


March 15,  2023

Final Closing Date for Application  (application fee CHF 100)


March 15 until March 20,  2023

Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance of the candidates by the director. Confirmation by the  applicants. 


May 15, 2023

The course fee must have reached the Astona bank account.


July 22, 2023

Arrival day, Opening assembly: 17:45h


August 5, 2023

Gala concert


August 6, 2023

Departure day