Berliner Philharmoniker



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Our students receive the best possible preparation for the profession of orchestral musician. Learn more

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Learn from the pros

Former students of the Orchestra Academy can be found everywhere, whether in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Radio France, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Vienna and Munich Philharmonic orchestras – and of course the Berliner Philharmoniker. “Learn from the pros” is the motto of the Academy. Founded 40 years ago by Herbert von Karajan and funded by private donors, highly talented young musicians are taught by members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and are prepared for the life of professional orchestral musicians. A commitment that bears abundant fruit: Almost one-third of the members of the Berliner Philharmoniker today are former students of the Academy.

Herbert von Karajan’s idea was appealing: With the Orchestra Academy, an institution was created in which young, well-trained graduates can receive the best possible preparation for the profession of orchestral musician. Both in classes and working together with long-standing and experienced members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the students learn the particular style and the sound ideal of the orchestra. More than just learn it, they internalize it. However, the training goes far beyond that: According to Peter Riegelbauer, double-bass player of the Berliner Philharmoniker and head of the Orchestra Academy, the young instrumentalists get a sense of what it means to be a “complete musician”, who not only work intensively on their own development, but also learn to widen their experience and meet the world with a thirst for knowledge and open eyes.

The Orchestra Academy in the Digital Concert Hall

Visit the Digital Concert Hall and watch free of charge the film by Daniel Finkernagel and Alexander Lück A License to Play – The Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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2016/2017 Season

Thursday

29

September
2016

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18:00

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Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Friday

28

October
2016

Chamber Music Hall

18:00

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Sunday

06

November
2016

Chamber Music Hall

11:00

Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Kolja Blacher
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Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Kolja Blacher Violin and Direction

Works by Benjamin Britten, Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven

Monday

19

December
2016

Chamber Music Hall

18:00

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Friday

20

January
2017

Chamber Music Hall

18:00

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Wednesday

25

January
2017

Chamber Music Hall

20:00

Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, John Adams
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Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

John Adams Conductor

Timo Andres Piano

Works by Andrew Norman, Timo Andres, Osvaldo Golijov and John Adams

Wednesday

15

February
2017

Chamber Music Hall

18:00

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Saturday

25

February
2017

Chamber Music Hall

20:00

Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Ton Koopman
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Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Ton Koopman Conductor

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert

Monday

06

March
2017

Chamber Music Hall

18:00

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Wednesday

19

April
2017

Chamber Music Hall

18:00

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Thursday

20

April
2017

Chamber Music Hall

20:00

Scholars from »Academy Opera Today« of the Deutsche Bank Foundation, Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rössler
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Orchestra-Academy

Scholars from »Academy Opera Today« of the Deutsche Bank Foundation

Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rössler Conductor

Monday

08

May
2017

Chamber Music Hall

18:00

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Sunday

28

May
2017

Chamber Music Hall

20:00

Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
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Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Works by Henry Purcell, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel and Felix Mendelssohn

Friday

23

June
2017

Chamber Music Hall

18:00

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