Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Juraj Valcuha
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.
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 eleven 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.