Kurt-Sanderling-Akademie Foundation of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Playing music together means learning from one another. This motto is especially true in the Orchesterakademie, 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 Orchesterakademie 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, junior and sponsorship projects.

Vacant positions are published as they occur. The Academy is coordinated by the orchestral office and by KHO's violist Felix Korinth, who does his great work on an honorary basis.

With their namesake the academy honors the Konzerthausorchester’s great Chief Conductor from 1960 to 1977: Kurt Sanderling led the orchestra, back then called the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, 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.


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 Hans Brauß: 

  • 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

To the magazine article

The academists of the 22/23 season

Members of the Kurt-Sanderling-Akademie 2023/24

Phoebe White

1. Violine

Her training took violinist Phoebe White from her native Dublin to Bloomington, Indiana with Maurizio Fuks and to the UdK with Latica Honda-Rosenberg. A winner of several Irish competitions, she has performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, among others, and was a participant in the Encuentro Música y Academia de Santander.

Elena Cotrone

1. Violine

Elena Kyoko Cotrone, new academician in the first violins, comes from France, was a student of Alexis Galpérine at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and now studies with Mirijam Contzen at the Berlin UdK. The winner of international competitions in France and Belgium, she gained orchestral experience at various music academies and festivals.

Hans Henning Ernst

2. Violine

After studying violin in Rostock, Hans Henning Ernst continued his studies with Sophia Jaffé in Frankfurt a.M. The "Live Music Now" scholarship holder gained orchestral experience with the Dresden Philharmonic and the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie, among others. As a soloist and enthusiastic chamber musician, he has performed at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Bachfest Rostock and the Usedom Music Festival.

Mao Konishi


Violist Mao Konishi comes from Kyoto. She studied violin with Mark Gothoni at the UdK in Berlin and with Boris Belkin in Siena. She is currently studying viola at the UdK with Hartmut Rohde. The winner of international competitions in Japan and Poland, among others, she has performed at festivals in her home country, Germany and Finland.

Barok Bostanci


Violist Barok Bostanci, originally from Ankara, studied in his homeland and continues his training with Julia Gartemann and Annemarie Moorcroft at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule. Barok has performed with the Parantez Quartet at the Bodrum Music Festival and as a soloist with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra at the Murten Classics Festival, among others.

Sofia Ogas


Her training took cellist Sofía Ogas from her native Argentina to Karlsruhe, where she completed her master's degree with Martin Ostertag. She gained orchestral experience with the Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie Chemnitz and the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, among others, and as principal cellist of the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn.

Hyejin Kim


Cellist Hyejin Kim comes from Seoul and is currently studying with Julian Steckel in Munich. The prizewinner of the International Osaka Music Competition has performed with various orchestras in her home country and was, among other things, a participant in the International Mozarteum Summer Academy. She has been a scholarship holder of "Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now" since 2021.

Yeseul Bahng


Our academist of the flute group comes from South Korea: Yeseul Bahng studied in Kaywon and continues her education at the Berlin UdK. She gained orchestral experience, for example, in the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie.

Christoph Lindner


Christoph Lindner

Percussionist Christoph Lindner is from Berlin, was a young student at the HfM Hanns Eisler, studied timpani/percussion in his Bachelor's degree at the UdK and is now studying in his Master's degree at the HMT Rostock with Henrik Schmidt, Thorsten Schönfeld and Jan-Frederick Behrend. Christoph has gained orchestral experience with the MDR, the DSO and Berlin opera houses, among others.

  • Academy Coordinator

    Felix Korinth

  • Mentors

    1. Violine: Sayako Kusaka, Ulrike Petersen
    2. Violine: Andreas Feldmann
    Viola: Felix Korinth, Ernst-Martin Schmidt, Amalia Aubert
    Cello: Stefan Giglberger, Friedemann Ludwig, David Drost
    Kontrabass: Igor Prokopets, Pablo Santa Cruz
    Flöte: Yubeen Kim, Daniel Werner
    Schlagwerk: Mark Voermans, Jan Westermann


Foundation Board

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Nordmann
Ulf Werner
Uwe Emmrich

Board of Trustees

Janina Paul
Gabriele Bühler
Felix Korinth

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.

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