The Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin, conceived in 1997 by Daniel Barenboim, continues a century-old tradition of educating and training musicians: passing on playing techniques and musical concepts directly from the experienced musicians to budding colleagues. Highly gifted graduates of conservatoires under 27 years of age are granted a two-year scholarship following a successful audition. During this time they gain varied experience in practical orchestral work and benefit from the extraordinarily wide repertoire of Staatskapelle with its double function as a concert orchestra on stage as well as in the pit during opera and ballet performances. To be prepared for these challenges the academy members receive extensive training and advice from their mentors. Their education is supplemented by chamber music lessons and individual coaching sessions. By now, many former academy members play in renowned orchestras worldwide or became permanent members of Staatskapelle Berlin.
For further information please have a look at our anniversary publication »20 Jahre Orchesterakademie«.
The Orchestra Academy is supported by the Britta Lohan Gedächtnisstiftung fund and Freunde und Förderer der Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
If you are interested in supporting the Orchestra Academy, please contact Friends and Sponsors.
Instrumental lessons and mentorship
Members of the Orchestra Academy receive weekly individual instrumental lessons to prepare the rehearsals and performances they are involved in. In addition to that they work on their solo repertoire and have the possibility of secondary instrument lessons. In some cases the Staatskapelle even provides instruments as high clarinets or cor anglais. The mentors share their experience with the young musicians in preparation for their future career.
The academy members regularly participate in orchestral rehearsals, concerts and performances of Staatskapelle Berlin. They experience the extraordinarily wide repertoire of the Staatskapelle which includes performances as a concert orchestra on stage as well as in the pit for opera and ballet. During their scholarship the students gain varied experience in practical orchestral work and get an insight into the everyday life of a professional musician.
Chamber music and music education
Chamber concerts take place at regular intervals. A majority of concerts will be held in the outskirts of Berlin, for example Oranienburg or Frohnau, along with venues such as the State Opera Unter den Linden or the Bode Museum. For these concerts the students will not only work on chamber music, but also perform together with singers from the International Opera Studio. In addition to that they work on educational programs within the “Junge Staatsoper”.
Mental training and audition preparation
During their two years the members of the Orchestra Academy may attend individual mental coaching in order to work on personal and artistic issues. It is necessary to train for the extreme conditions of the application process for an orchestra. That’s why audition trainings are offered regularly.
The Orchestra Academy offers the chance to take part in different workshops regarding health subjects and body awareness in order to further sensitize the young musicians to an even balance.
October – 2019
December – 2019
January – 2020
March – 2020
Michelle Kutz, Carla Marrero Martínez, Katarzyna Szydlowska, Darya Varlamova, Oleh Kurochkin
Philipp Alexander Schell, Hugo Moinet, Jos Jonker, Pablo Aznárez Maeztu
Martha Windhagauer, Aleksandar Jordanovski, Julia Clancy, Anna Lysenko
Julian Bachmann, Teresa Beldi, Minji Kang
Heidi Rahkonen, Pedro Figueiredo
Jamie Louise White
Carlos Navarro Zaragoza
Moisés Santos Bueno
The academy is open to post-graduates under the age of 27 years and offers a monthly scholarship of 1.176 EUR over a period of two years.
Please apply online via muv.ac. Muv.ac will notify you if application is possible.
Orchesterakademie bei der Staatskapelle Berlin e.V.
Mrs. Katharina Wichate
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden 7
T +49 (0)30 – 203 54 285