We are looking for strengths in three key areas †• intonation, sound production and the use of appropriate bowing strokes. But on a deeper level we are looking at your understanding of the music's sound world'

Roger Benedict, principal viola of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, gives an orchestral audition masterclass on the second movement of Brahms’s Fourth Symphony. Performing the excerpts is 2014 Sydney Symphony Orchestra viola fellow Carl Lee.

The clip is one of a series of SSO masterclass videos on YouTube, including concertmaster Andrew Haveron, principal cello Umberto Clerici and principal double bass Kees Boersma.

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