At today’s audition for second violins, both vacancies were filled.
Out of 21 candidates, Julia Gyenge and Liya Yakupova were selected.
Julia, a Hungarian, plays in the State Opera Orchestra.
Liya, a Russian, plays first violin with WDR in Cologne.
The first audition was held behind a screen, the next two rounds in front of the whole orchestra.
Over the past two years, most vacancies in the Vienna Phil have been filled by women. There is a three-year probation period for confirmed membership.