Orchestra Academy

Kurt-Sanderling-Academy Foundation of the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin

Playing music together means learning from one another. This motto is especially true in the Orchestra Academy, where talented young musicians from all over the world come together to play music with orchestral musicians in an ensemble. The idea behind the Konzerthaus Berlin Orchestra Academy goes even further. The young musicians receive a scholarship for up to two years. During this time, an orchestral colleague assists the young musician as a mentor, providing lessons and an introduction to the musical tradition of the Konzerthausorchester.

The orchestra academy introduces itself

Academy students are able to implement everthing they learn in their daily orchestral life. They are not only involved in rehearsals and performances, but also participate in concert tours and film shoots, help organise junior and sponsorship projects, and join in when the Konzerthausorchester captivates audiences outside the concert hall at special events such as “Conduct me!”.

Vacant positions are published as they occur. There are currently fourteen Academy musicians in the orchestra, who are coordinated by the orchestral office and Felix Korinth, violinist in the Konzerthausorchester, on an honorary basis. 

With their namesake the academy honors the Konzerthaus Orchestra’s great Chief Conductor from 1960 to 1977: Kurt Sanderling led the orchestra, back then called the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, to international prominence and its high reputation. In light of the drastically reduced number of musicians due to the construction of the Berlin Wall, he turned to the four GDR-conservatories to rebuild the orchestra with the help of these young musicians. This recognition of young talent is nowadays mirrored in our academy.

Would you like to support the Kurt-Sanderling-Academy?

Support the up-and-coming talents of the Kurt Sanderling Academy of the Konzerthaus Orchestra by sponsoring a chair, becoming a member of the Friends’ Association or making a one-time donation to the Orchestra Academy. The Friends’ Association Zukunft Konzerthaus e.V. supports us in all organisational and administrative matters. We would be happy to advise you personally!

Further information and contact details can be found at Zukunft Konzerthaus e.V.

Members of the Kurt-Sanderling-Akademie 2021/22

  • Double Bass

    Bohdan Shalyha

  • Viola

    Julia Pałęcka

  • Violoncello

    Umut Sağlam

  • Academy Coordinator

    Felix Korinth

  • Mentors

    First Violin: Sayako Kusaka
    Second Violin: Gerdur Gunnarsdottir
    Viola: Ferenc Gábor, Felix Korinth, Pei-Yi Wu
    Violoncello: Stefan Giglberger, Friedemann Ludwig, Andreas Timm
    Double Bass: Igor Prokopets
    Flute: Yubeen Kim, Daniel Werner
    Drums: Mark Voermans

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If you are interested in a scholarship to the Academy, you can apply via the muv.ac platform. The vacancies are announced there three months in advance.


For general questions and information please contact Verena Böhnisch: 

On our Blog

Stiftungsgründung unserer Akademie Die Akademisten der Saison 17/18 (Teil 1) Die Akademisten der Saison 17/18 (Teil 2) Von Cuba, Chile und Bolivien nach Berlin Die neuen Akademisten der Saison 2018/19 Die Akademisten der Saison 19/20

Foundation Board

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Nordmann
Ulf Werner
Uwe Emmrich

Board of Trustees

Janina Paul
Gabriele Bühler
Felix Korinth


For this event, you will not receive tickets through our webshop. You will therefore be redirected to an external page of the organizer. If you have any not completed bookings on konzerthaus.de, they will be dissolved after 20 minutes.